State Librarian’s Update – November 2023

New Jersey State Library, Trenton

State Librarian’s Update

November 2023

If you haven’t heard by now, New Jersey’s Digital Equity plan is posted for public comment through November 30. The plan lays out the state’s vision and goals related to digital equity, particularly for what the NTIA refers to as covered populations. Public libraries show up prominently in the plan as assets available that assist with broadband access, device access and digital literacy. Your thoughts matter, and I encourage you to review the plan and provide comments.

Similarly, the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Initial Proposal Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available for public comment. The Initial Proposal Volume 1 outlines the state’s needs related to broadband access and speed. Public libraries are included as community anchor institutions and, if funding is still available after addressing the state’s first priorities, may be considered for upgrades to achieve gigabit internet speed. Please note that the definition of library as a CAI may need to be updated. Volume 2 outlines the proposed sub-grantee process that will be used by the Office of Broadband Connectivity to make awards. Your opinions and perspective matter, please consider reviewing the proposal and making comments.

Jen Nelson

State Librarian

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About Julia Giantomasi

I've had opportunities throughout my career to coordinate marketing and social media for live events and small businesses across various industries. I've enjoyed keeping up with the trends and using social media to not only promote quality services but create a sense of community. As the PR & Marketing Coordinator for the New Jersey State Library I can draw from these experiences in order to provide tips and best practices for libraries handling their own marketing and social media. I hope that I can be a resource to libraries across New Jersey as they engage with their communities.