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Friday, May 20 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
How to Be Fearless in Conversations about Broadband

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Libraries are a core piece of our nation’s internet infrastructure, but talking about broadband can be intimidating (especially with tech-y professionals). This session will cover essential concepts librarians should know and tools for untangling jargon, with a focus on building confidence rather than technical ability. Participants will learn how to ask the right questions, be bravely wrong, and find opportunities to cheer for libraries. We’ll also practice navigating highly technical conversations with skills learned in this session. This session may be of interest to anyone working on digital equity initiatives.

Learning objectives:
Learn core broadband concepts, vocabulary, and current issues related to libraries.
Find tools for sifting through jargon and untangling difficult questions.
Practice new skills for navigating conversations with IT professionals.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Gabbitas

Liz Gabbitas

Digital Access & Education Program Manager, Utah State Library Division
I'm a librarian in Salt Lake City, UT with an interest in the future of library services and professions. After working for state, public, and academic libraries, I'm passionate about the potential our libraries have to grow and evolve. Ask me about Utah's Connectivity Plan, our roadmap... Read More →


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Friday May 20, 2022 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
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