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Friday, October 12 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Libraries in Laundromats: Making Information and Services Accessible for Low-Income Families

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What does the library do and why visit? What do computers do and why should I learn how to use them? While library programs are widely available, enrolling low-income individuals in these opportunities can be tricky. Some individuals lack exposure to library services while others believe these programs are inconvenient, too demanding, or irrelevant to their everyday concerns, e.g. paying rent, feeding a family. State Library Services (MN Department of Education) and Libraries Without Borders partnered to explore new ways to meet low-income families where they are and bring them the information and services they seek. We initiated Wash & Learn Minnesota to provide tailored educational programming inside laundromats while customers waited for their clothes to wash and dry. In this session, we will discuss strategies for outreach and share best practices on forming public-private partnerships (laundromat-library), curating content for informal spaces, integrating technology into outreach, and tracking impact.

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Adam Echelman

Benton Fellow and Consultant, Benton Institute for Broadband and Society
The former Executive Director of Libraries Without Borders US, Adam is a researcher, writer, and consultant on issues of digital equity. He is currently a fellow with the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society, where he covers untold stories of adults who struggle with issues... Read More →

Jen Nelson

State Librarian, Minnesota Department of Education
State Librarian

Friday October 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am CDT