Webinar on USDA funding for libraries

The ALA Washington Office will host a webinar at 2:00 p.m. EDT, October 29, to assist rural libraries pursuing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding.

Cheryl Cook, the Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture;  Carla Anderson, the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of e-Copernicus, a Washington consulting firm expert in broadband; and Kevin Cherry, Senior Program Officer for the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s Office of Library Service, will participate.

Presenters will discuss the three USDA programs that have funds available for rural libraries:

  1. Distance Learning and Telemedicine http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DLT.html
  2. Community Facilities
  3. Community Connect

The Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the internet.

For additional information ant to register online, visit www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch