Report: Rural Libraries in Idaho Get a Helping Hand to Offer Telehealth
The collaboration between the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is using $500,000 in federal COVID relief money to buy telehealth equipment for libraries in remote corners of the state.
That includes covering the cost of soundproof privacy booths, laptops and microphones.
Because libraries are taxpayer funded, state agencies like IDHW can simply purchase this equipment for those entities without having to fill out lengthy applications. In fact, applicants only have to answer three short questions.
Rachel Masaitis helped develop the program with IDHW. She said making the process as headache-free as possible was important to accommodate libraries with limited staff.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.