Local libraries help Ohioans get connected and build their tech skills
The OLC hosted Right Click 2023: The Library IT Conference on Friday, Nov. 3 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus. In addition to the educational programming, library tech vans were on display in the Quest parking lot. Attendees were able to tour the vehicles and talk with the staff members who operate them every day.
Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik and BroadbandOhio Chief Peter Voderberg attended the event to see first-hand how libraries are connecting Ohioans to technology through equipment, programs and one-on-one services.
Stan the Tech Van is a mobile technology education and makerspace lab from the Madison Public Library. Stan, a contractor-grade van, is loaded with technology and tools for pop-up makerspace events, open computer lab events, STEM programming, and educational events to be held at local businesses, community centers, public parks, and schools.
Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Digital Navigators service offers one-on-one assistance to help people connect to the internet, get a device, set up a telehealth appointment and more. Digital Navigators also helps people find out if they are eligible to receive the Affordable Connectivity Program, an FCC program that helps families find reliable, affordable internet access.