Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mississippi Valley Library District Receives “Eliminate the Digital Divide” Grant

The Mississippi Valley Library District (MVLD) has received a grant totaling $52,000 from Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White to enhance broadband computer access in the Collinsville Memorial Library Center and the Fairmont City Library Center.

The Library District is one of forty-one Illinois public libraries and community college learning resource centers sharing in a nearly $1 million “Eliminate the Digital Divide Program Grant” awarded to the Illinois State Library by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

Barbara Rhodes, Director of MVLD says the funds will be used to provide equipment, training and services for broadband- delivered education, employment and reading services to the unemployed, children, seniors, minorities, persons with disabilities and others.

“The digital divide prevents many low-income citizens from having access to important technology and educational programs that can greatly enrich their lives,” said Secretary White. “Having access to information allows citizens to engage in lifelong learning, and these grants will allow the Collinsville Memorial Library and the Fairmont City Library Center and other grant recipients to bridge the digital divide and offer critical services that will hopefully allow more Illinoisans to lead better, more productive lives.”

“We are developing computer training labs that will be set aside for numerous computer training sessions per month and will help us to upgrade and increase our technology service to all of our members.” States Barbara Rhodes on behalf of the MVLD Board and staff.