Report: “Rural Public Libraries as Telehealth Providers During Covid-19 “
From The Daily Yonder:
A public library in Pottsboro, Texas, offered telehealth services to its patrons throughout the pandemic despite broadband access issues. Now, it could become a blueprint for a national rural network of libraries providing access to telehealth.
The library in Pottsboro, Texas, “is not about storytimes or even books, really,” said Dianne Connerly, the library’s director. “Our library is about Internet access. And innovation. Ten years ago it was funded by donations and bakes sales – and it was getting ready to close.”
Connerly and volunteers figured out that doing innovative projects brought them attention. If they wrote proposals that involved something daring and innovative, the li brary was more likely to get funding. So they started writing more and more grant proposals.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.