Public Internet Access in Libraries – Opportunities through Low Earth Orbit(LEO) Satellite Broadband
Friday, 8th October 2021, 4pm-5pm CET
NAPLE Forum held a webinar to inform European public librarians and library advocates about the potential of using Starlink for public access to the Internet in libraries, and position interested parties to engage at their national levels to include libraries in any LEO-related projects.
𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗛𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘁𝗼𝗻, 𝗡𝗔𝗣𝗟𝗘
Welcome and introductions Libraries and public access to the internet.
Introduction to Starlink and the concept of the LEO Library
𝗗𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀, 𝗗𝗶𝗴𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀/𝗚𝗶𝗴𝗮𝗯𝗶𝘁 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗡𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸
Don Means: With over 25 years experience in the IT industry, Means is co-founder and principal of Digital Village Associates, a consulting enterprise founded in 1994 that focuses on information/communications technologies as transformational tools and subject for local communities. In 2013, Means launched the Gigabit Libraries Network(GLN) as an open collaboration of innovative libraries cooperating as a distributed testbed and showcase environment for high performance applications and equipment in the service of educational, civic and cultural objectives. Since 2018, Means has chaired the Partnership for Public Access, a consortium of international organizations advocating for universal internet access as a comprehensive 3-prong strategy (Public Access Centers / Libraries, Community Networks and Offline Internet ) providing solutions to reach the billions of people not yet connected.
THe LEO Library in Practice
𝗥𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗼𝘆𝗮, 𝗧𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗲ó𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 (𝗡𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗷𝗼) 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆, 𝗧𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻 / 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿 𝗟𝗮𝗸𝗲, 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗠𝗲𝘅𝗶𝗰𝗼
Richelle Montoya: “newly elected Navajo Nation Torreon/Star Lake Chapter President. My community elected me to this position at the beginning of this year. One of my duties is to oversee the community library. I am born and raised in Na’neelzhiin, NM (Torreon). I attended the local elementary and high school and now serve as a school board member. I earned my bachelor degree from the University of New Mexico in 2011. I am an advocate for preserving, practicing and teaching the Navajo language and culture.”
𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗹𝘆𝗻 𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗵, 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿, 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗿𝗮𝗱 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆
Carolyn Donath: “Library Director in Conrad, MT for the last 17 years I’ve worked at the Library for the last 27 years, Although I’ve lived a lot of places, this is where I am from. I do not have a MLS, which is pretty common in small rural areas. Love my job. Love my library.”
Moderated Q&A and discussion about how to get involved in your country
Short discussion with all participants about what NAPLE members could do next.