2008 WiFi Connectivity Grants

Seven months of planning has led the announcement of my first (as in totally my idea) state-wide project here in Nebraska. I’m totally stoked! IN the past 24 hours we’ve had ten libraries apply including one that chose the "less traditional" computer option.

Nebraska’s public libraries are invited to apply for WiFi Connectivity Grants, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to put WiFi into as many as 75 public libraries without such access. A WiFi router and a choice of portable computers will be provided to successful applicants to enable them to provide wireless Internet access in the library itself to their customers. Applications are due no later than 2 September 2008. Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, is heading up this project as part of the Nebraska Library Commission’s effort to make 2008, “the year of WiFi in Nebraska.” 

For questions contact Michael Sauers at 800-307-2665 or 402-471-3106, or Richard Miller at 800-307-2665 or 402-471-3175.

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Michael Sauers

Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

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