Digital Inclusion Corps

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance are working on a pilot project that aims to increase digital inclusion in the United States through local digital literacy trainers, called the Digital Inclusion Corps. The pilot project will work with three state library agencies and two museum organizations to deploy Corps members in five tribal and rural communities.
The five Corps members are working with community stakeholders, anchor institutions, leaders and advocates to discover local digital inclusion-related needs, leading to bespoke (and sustainable) digital inclusion projects and plans. The Corps members will implement the plans, share their experiences online and gather and annotate a collection of digital literacy materials for a publicly available repository at the U.S. Impact Research Group at the University of Washington. Evaluation data will be collected throughout the project period.
“Unlocking the key to full digital access and use could open a path of opportunity for so many residents. Libraries and museums are in a perfect position to serve this effort and be real catalysts for widespread digital inclusion.” Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew

Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Corps

Emily Kissane

Emily Kissane

Minnesota

Emily Kissane is Library Development Specialist with Minnesota’s State Library Services, administering state aid programs and the Library Construction Grant program.  She has experience in K-12 and higher education policy as well as in managing statewide technology programs.

Emily is hosted by the State Library Services & Charter Center at the Minnesota Department of Education.

Email: emily@digitalinclusion.org

Drew Lauderdale

Drew Lauderdale

New Mexico

Drew currently works as a Visitor Services Educator at Explora Science Center in Albuquerque. His focus for the last few years has been in non traditional education, having worked as an educator at Leadership Mission International in Honduras, and at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. 

Drew is hosted by the ¡Explora! Museum.

Email: drew@digitalinclusion.org

Nicole Umayam

Nicole Umayam

Arizona

Nicole is a language advocate and archivist interested in Indigenous information management. Since 2012, she’s had the privilege of working with tribal communities in Oklahoma on various language revitalization and community archives programs. Nicole is currently based in Tempe, Arizona, where she works as a contractor for the Digital Arizona Library.

Nicole is hosted by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records A Division of the Secretary of State

Email: nicole@digitalinclusion.org

Jeff Garcie

Jeff Garcie

Alaska

Jeff Garcie is a resident of Kodiak, Alaska. He has lived in Alaska for 5 years, traveling extensively throughout the state for business and pleasure. Jeff is a veteran of the US Coast Guard, a student of biology and anthropology, and a lover of the outdoors. Jeff has visited several remote villages here in Alaska and is excited to engage in a digital inclusion project that will have a great benefit and impact in these communities.
Jeff is hosted by the Alutiiq Museum.

Email: jeff@digitalinclusion.org

Sandy Tharp-Thee

Sandy Tharp-Thee

Oklahoma

Sandy Tharp-Thee, Cherokee, lives in Agra, Oklahoma, she is known for creating programs that all Tribal libraries can duplicate with little or no funding. Her Tribal Library received the 2012 ATALM Library of Excellence Award, 2013 Oklahoma Library Ruth Brown Award, 2013 Whitehouse Library Champion of Change.

Sandy is hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Email: sandy@digitalinclusion.org

Matthew Kopel

Matthew Kopel

Program Manager

Matthew Kopel is the Program Manager for NDIA, and oversees the Digital Inclusion Corps project.

Expert Advisory Group

James Neal, IMLS
Sandra Narva, IMLS
Samantha Becker, University of Washington iSchool
Leana Mayzlina, NTEN
Joel Krogstad, CTEP
Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation
Susan Feller, Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Roberto Gallardo, Mississippi State Univeristy Extension 

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Welcome to our next Digital Inclusion Corps Field Report. In this column, we hear from different members of our Digital Inclusion Corps pilot team. If you’re interested in learning more about the projects, check out the page, or email Program Manager Matthew Kopel:...

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