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 email: [log in to unmask] ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 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.