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There  are  still  plenty  of spaces  available  for persons
interested  in  community networking  to  attend  a  one-day
conference  on  Saturday, April 8,  1995.   The  conference,
sponsored  by  the College of Library & Information  Science
and  MidNet,  is being held in the Russell House  Activities
Center  on  the  University  of  South  Carolina  Campus  in
Columbia,  SC.   Registration  fee  for  the  conference  is
$75.00.
For more information:
phone: (803) 777-0513 or 777-5277
fax:        (803) 777-7938
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              INFORMATION ACCESS CONFERENCE `95
                          Day Two:
                    Community Networking
 
                     Saturday, April 8th
 
  Synergy Between Public Libraries and Community Networking
 
 
 
                  Conference Presentations
 
Morning Keynote Speaker:
     Mr. Ken Dowlin, City Librarian, San Francisco, CA
 
Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
     Mr. Craig Stillings, Associate Director, Southeast
Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN)
 
 
                      PLENARY SESSIONS:
 
Establishing a Regional Community Networking Association
 
Challenges and Barriers to Community Networking
 
 
                     BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
 
Consortium Building:  Getting Your Community Network Off the
Ground --  Mr. Steve Snow, Charlotte's Web, Charlotte, NC
A  truly successful community networking project involves  a
broad-based   consortium  of  every  type  of  organization.
Perhaps  no  community networking project has worked  harder
than Charlotte, NC to solicit involvement and support.   Mr.
Snow,  Project Director for Charlotte's Web, and  his  staff
will  discuss  what is necessary to get a community  network
off the ground.
 
The Morino Institute -- Ms. Kaye Gapen, The Morino
Institute, Reston, VA.
The Morino Institute is a nonprofit foundation committed  to
helping  individuals  and  communities  work  toward  social
change through the power of information and the potential of
electronic communications.  In this session Ms. Gaypen  will
orient  you to the initiatives being taken by the  Institute
and   its   founder,  Mario  Morino,  to  assist   community
networking efforts nationwide.
 
An Alternative Model of  Community Networking -- Ms. Brenda
Workman, Appalachian Council of Governments, Greenville, SC
With   funding  from  NTIA,  the  Appalachian   Council   of
Governments (ACOG), based in the upstate of South  Carolina,
is  working to design a statewide telecommunications network
to  link most state residents to the Internet.  Ms. Workman,
Director of Information Services for ACOG, will discuss  the
goals  of  this project and the demonstration project  under
development using the ACOG public access network, AppNet, as
a foundation.
 
Community Networking Funding Sources -- Ms. Sibyl Boutilier,
San Francisco City Link, San Francisco, CA
Supporting   the  goals  and  objectives  of  the   National
Information   Infrastructure,  largely   through   community
networking,  is drawing attention from an increasing  number
of   funding   sources.   Ms.  Boutilier  will   provide   a
comprehensive overview of the sources every community  ought
to consider.
 
PeachNet Update --
PeachNet,   the  communications  network  of   the   Georgia
University System, is emerging as the electronic network for
education across the State of Georgia.  In this session, Mr.
Segers,  PeachNet Director, will discuss recent developments
in the advancement of this important statewide network.
 
Developing an Effective Volunteer Corps -- Ms. Carolyn
Felton, Charlotte's Web, Charlotte, NC
It  is  often said that volunteers are the lifeblood of  any
community  network    Any veteran will tell  you  that  it's
easier  said  than done.  In this session, Ms.  Felton  will
overview  the  comprehensive  program  underway  to  involve
volunteers in all aspects of running Charlotte's Web.
 
Involving Local Governments -- Ms. Marilyn Mulla, Suncoast
Free-Net, Tampa, FL
While   the  support  and  information  provided  by   local
government are critical to a successful community networking
project, these groups are often the most challenging to  get
involved.  Ms. Mulla will discuss the strategies employed by
the  Suncoast Free-Net, serving the Tampa metropolitan area,
to solicit widespread government support for their community
networking effort.
 
Rural Access and Datafication -- Mr. Dennis Hoops, National
Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN),  Cleveland, OH
The National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN) founded and
sponsors  the  Free-Netr model of community  networking  and
works  to  sign  up affiliates in communities  across  North
America.   Only  one  organizing  group  per  community  may
affiliate with NPTN.  This session will provide you with  an
overview  of  the benefits that NPTN affiliation  may  offer
your  community and the steps you should take  to  start  an
NPTN community computer system.
 
rFree-Net is a service mark of NPTN registered in the U.S.
and other countries
 
 
Measuring the Impact of Community Networking -- Dr. Dan
Barron, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Community   networking   offers  many   exciting   potential
benefits.   This session will offer a facilitated discussion
about the most important criteria for a successful community
networking project and how best to measure success.
 
ISDN Community Networking: The DIANE Project -- Dr. Steve
Shao, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
The  Diversified Information and Assistance Network (DIANE),
based   in   Nashville,  TN,  uses  digital  telephone   and
multimedia  computer  technologies to  support  programs  in
education, small business assistance, and community service.
Started  in  1992,  the project now has service  centers  in
Nashville and Memphis, as well as Huntsville, AL, to provide
cooperative    public   programs   in   public    libraries,
universities,   community   centers,   business   assistance
organizations, a science museum, a zoological  park,  and  a
medical  school.  Dr. Shao, Project Director,  will  discuss
the  high-tech,  multimedia  capabilities  offered  by  this
network and the benefits it provides to users.
 
Nuts and Bolts of Community Networking -- Mr. Randolph
Langley, Tallahassee Free-Net, Tallahassee, FL
Underneath  every  successful community information  network
lies a complex computer and telecommunications system.  This
session  will  orient  you to the  newest  features  in  the
Tallahassee  software  --  a popular  system  used  by  many
community  networks -- and will present many useful  "tricks
of the trade" from a seasoned systems administrator.
 
MCI Library Link Project -- Mr. Daniel Williams, Greenville
County Public Library, Greenville, SC
MCI Library Link is a 3-year partnership between MCI and the
American Library Association designed to apply communication
technology to enhance the links between a local library, the
community  it  serves,  and  the  vast  resources   of   the
information  infrastructure.  Greenville, SC was  one  of  8
cities  nationwide  selected for 1995.   Mr.  Williams,  the
Project  Director,  will discuses how The Greenville  Public
Library  will  use  its grant to enhance its  reference  and
information services capabilities.
 
Benefits of National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN)
Affiliation --  Mr. Dennis Hoops, National Public
Telecomputing Network (NPTN), Cleveland, OH
The National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN) founded and
sponsors  the  Free-Netr model of community  networking  and
works  to  sign  up affiliates in communities  across  North
America.   Only  one  organizing  group  per  community  may
affiliate with NPTN.  This session will provide you with  an
overview  of  the benefits that NPTN affiliation  may  offer
your  community and the steps you should take  to  start  an
NPTN-affiliated community network.