Digital Inclusion Corps
Emily Kissane is Library Development Specialist with Minnesota’s State Library Services, administering state aid programs and the Library Construction Grant program. She has experience in K-12 and higher education policy as well as in managing statewide technology programs.
Emily is hosted by the State Library Services & Charter Center at the Minnesota Department of Education.
Drew currently works as a Visitor Services Educator at Explora Science Center in Albuquerque. His focus for the last few years has been in non traditional education, having worked as an educator at Leadership Mission International in Honduras, and at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.
Drew is hosted by the ¡Explora! Museum.
Nicole is a language advocate and archivist interested in Indigenous information management. Since 2012, she’s had the privilege of working with tribal communities in Oklahoma on various language revitalization and community archives programs. Nicole is currently based in Tempe, Arizona, where she works as a contractor for the Digital Arizona Library.
Nicole is hosted by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records A Division of the Secretary of State
Jeff Garcie is a resident of Kodiak, Alaska. He has lived in Alaska for 5 years, traveling extensively throughout the state for business and pleasure. Jeff is a veteran of the US Coast Guard, a student of biology and anthropology, and a lover of the outdoors. Jeff has visited several remote villages here in Alaska and is excited to engage in a digital inclusion project that will have a great benefit and impact in these communities.
Jeff is hosted by the Alutiiq Museum.
Sandy Tharp-Thee, Cherokee, lives in Agra, Oklahoma, she is known for creating programs that all Tribal libraries can duplicate with little or no funding. Her Tribal Library received the 2012 ATALM Library of Excellence Award, 2013 Oklahoma Library Ruth Brown Award, 2013 Whitehouse Library Champion of Change. Sandy was named a 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.
Sandy is hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
Program ManagerMatthew Kopel is the Program Manager for NDIA, and oversees the Digital Inclusion Corps project.
Expert Advisory Group
James Neal, IMLS
Sandra Narva, IMLS
Samantha Becker, University of Washington iSchool
Leana Mayzlina, NTEN
Joel Krogstad, CTEP
Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation
Susan Feller, Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Roberto Gallardo, Mississippi State Univeristy Extension
All five of us were able to make it to New Mexico for the 2017 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums to speak about our digital inclusion projects. Our presentation was an open forum titled New Directions in Digital Inclusion. We’re...
I stopped to reflect for a minute on my recent visit to Venice Beach, CA. The park has signs posted over the park benches “FREE WIFI.” I watched people gather and use their smart phones to share photos of the beautiful sunset and Facetime with their families. The...
Looking back at Net Inclusion 2017 In Minnesota, I was fortunate to visit an organization that refurbished technology, taught individuals basic computer skills with the goal of helping them with everyday life skills and/or career and employment. The individuals at...