April 30-May 1, 2012, Sustainability Symposium in Geneva
Sustainable Broadband Adoption and Public Computer Centers
- presentation from the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce: PowerPoint Slide Show [1.56Meg] and .PDF [977k]
Showcase of PCCs/E-Mobiles: "one pagers"
Public Computer Centers
E-Mobile Express Units
BTOP Sustainability Workshop and Showcase – Registration Now Open!
The New York State Library requests that all Public Computing Centers (PCCs) and E-Mobile Centers participate in the upcoming BTOP Sustainability Workshop and Showcase. The event will be held on Monday, April 30th, and Tuesday, May 1st, at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront in Geneva, New York. Participants should plan to attend both days of this workshop. Up to two people from each site may attend.
Monday, April 30, 2012, Noon to 4:30 PM
Workshop Day One will begin at noon with lunch. The afternoon session will start at 1 PM and focus on next steps and sustainability of digital literacy and workforce development services after grant funding has ended. Jan Dekoff and Nancy Howe will share information and materials from the ALA program Mobilizing Community Support for Your Library. The remainder of the day will be devoted to discussion and small group sessions regarding sustainability issues and strategies.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 8 AM to Noon
Workshop Day Two will begin at 8:00 AM with breakfast. The morning session will start at 9 AM and will be attended by our NTIA program officer. PCC and E-Mobile Center presentations created to show just how effective programming has been will follow breakfast.* Grant Administrator Mary Linda Todd and Project Coordinator Mary Ann Stiefvater will also be available to answer project-related questions. The workshop will conclude with lunch at noon.
To register, please email the following information to Mary Ann Stiefvater by March 1, 2012:
- Participant(s) name(s) and title(s)
- Library or institution
- Contact information (email and phone number)
MEALS, TRAVEL, AND ACCOMMODATIONS
There is no charge for the workshop or workshop materials. While up to two participants from each site may attend, only one participant’s meals, travel, and accommodations for the training will be covered. One person from each PCC and E-Mobile Unit will be reimbursed up to $200 for these expenses. The second person’s expenses will be covered through your local budget.
Lunch will be provided on Workshop Day One, and breakfast and lunch on Day Two. If a second person from the PCC or E-Mobile Unit attends the training, payment for his/her meals must be submitted in advance.
Car travel will be reimbursed at the standard rate of $0.55 per mile.
The Ramada Geneva Lakefront has set aside a limited number of rooms for the night of Monday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 1st. The discounted rate is a flat rate of $80. Participants will need to make their own reservations with the hotel by calling 1-800-990-0907. The deadline for reserving a room is March 30th. Participants will need to pay at check out, and then submit the room receipt for reimbursement. Incidentals and taxes will not be reimbursed. Participants should plan to present tax exempt forms when checking in.
Participants will receive a reimbursement form at the workshop. The form is to be completed and submitted to Mary Ann Stiefvater within two weeks of the training. All receipts must be included. As mentioned earlier, incidentals and taxes will not be reimbursed. Participants should keep copies for their records.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to seeing you at the end of April!
As you know, our NTIA program officer who has overseen our project will be attending our Geneva conference. This is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to show exactly how important PCC and E-Mobiles services are to our communities. PCCs and E-mobiles are asked to prepare materials and create a presentation explaining and highlighting local programming and strengths. Each should bring the following to Geneva:
- A “one pager” containing facts and statistics related to PCC/E-Mobile services. This should be no longer than one sheet of paper front and back and be designed to give our program officer a summary of your services and achievements. Please e-mail me an electronic copy of this document at least 1 week prior to the conference. I will create a NYS Broadbandexpress@yourlibrary notebook for him/her.
- A three-minute program regarding your PCC/E-Mobile. A PCC/E-Mobile representative or representatives will be asked to present this information and provide further information during a short question and answer period. The purpose is to represent the best parts of your program to fellow participants and to our federal program officer. You may use presentation software of your choice for this segment of the conference. A laptop, projector, screen and microphone will be available for your use.
Additionally, by March 30, 2012, please send me three PowerPoint slides: one of PCC/E-Mobile staff and another of your PCC/E-Mobile itself. The third should be of something that represents an aspect of your PCC/E-mobile services that you particularly want to highlight. I will use these to create a show to run during breakfast and breaks.
As ever, as you work to prepare these materials, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.