Peer Reviewers Needed for Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

I am forwarding this message from IMLS calling for peer reviewers of applications for federal ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program) grant funds.

NTIA “encourages interested library and museum professionals to review grant applications for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)” and some of you may be interested in being part of the review process.

The Department of Libraries is a participant in two applications that have been submitted to the BTOP program: (1) Public Computing Centers (as the major applicant), partnering with The Vermont State Colleges and 65 public libraries, and (2) Sustainable Adoption of Broadband: The VT Council on Rural Development is the lead contact and the Department of Libraries is one of several grant partners.

Librarians who are somehow connected with either of these grants may not be eligible as reviewers, due to a conflict of interest. For more information, please see the message below.



Martha Reid
State Librarian
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0601
Tel: (802) 828-3265
Fax: (802) 828-2199

August 27, 2009

IMLS Press Contacts
Jeannine Mjoseth,
Mamie Bittner,

Peer Reviewers Needed for Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), encourages interested library and museum professionals to review grant applications for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). This $4.5 billion broadband grant program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which seeks to bring universal broadband access to all Americans while creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

NTIA needs reviewers with relevant expertise, from diverse backgrounds, regions and experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Expertise in broadband deployment and infrastructure.
  • Experience with personal computers, software, and local area networks.
  • Experience in community technology and digital inclusion programs.
  • Experience reviewing grant applications from nonprofit and public agencies.
  • Expertise in education, health care, disability access, economic and
    workforce development, libraries, human and social services, and/or
    affordable housing.
  • Experience with outreach to targeted populations, including youth, senior citizens, low income communities of color, Native Americans, immigrant communities, non-English speakers, and the disabled.
  • Understanding of how broadband access enables communities to fully
    participate in the 21st century economy.

Reviewers will participate remotely and will not be required to attend any in-person meetings. A 90-minute training session/webinar will be provided for reviewers and repeated several times to allow for scheduling flexibility. Participants will review no more than 10 applications, each requiring 60 to 90 minutes, and participate in a 2-hour wrap-up conference call.

If you are interested, please send your resume to; reviewer training sessions will begin next week.

If you have additional questions, please call (888) 861-5509 or e-mail for further information.

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