As part of the IMLS digital inclusion grant awarded to WebJunction, ICMA (International City/County Management Association), and TechSoup Global, the partners are planning to convene a Digital Community Leadership Summit with a small selection of communities for conversation and activities to explore how they can move forward with digital inclusion efforts. Dodge City, Kansas will be one of the participating communities.
The summit will be held in St. Paul MN on June 12th—13th and will center on the IMLS Framework for Building Digital Communities ( http://www.imls.gov/about/building_digital_communities.aspx) as the foundation for taking action.
There will be 9 communities from around the country. Each community will send a public library director, a city/county administrator and a community-based organization director to the summit, for a total of 27 participants. The selected communities are: Chandler AZ, Tallahassee FL, Ada County ID, Dodge City KS, Bangor ME, St. Paul MN, El Paso TX, King William County VA, and Milwaukee WI.
In making the selections, the project team used these key criteria:
- Strong community interest in initiating or augmenting digital inclusion efforts
- Demonstrated ability to form community partnerships
- Diversity in terms of geographic distribution, range of achievement with digital inclusion efforts, range of community sizes and diverse populations.
Key objectives for the June summit include:
- Increasing awareness of IMLS Framework for Building Digital Communities and its relevance as a foundation for increasing digital inclusion in local communities.
- Reinforcing libraries, community-based organizations, and city/county managers as local leaders in facilitating digitally inclusive communities
- Increasing the ability to determine and address local needs through effective engagement with the community.
Attending from Dodge City will be Cathy Reeves, Dodge City Public Library Director; Jane Longmeyer, City of Dodge City Public Information Director; and Greta Clark, Chair of the Cultural Relations Advisory Board and professor of English as a Second Language at Dodge City Community College. In preparation for the summit a Community Café was held with various community leaders to discuss the digital needs of Dodge City.