High-speed connectivity ensures that every American has an opportunity to participate in a digital society. Especially in the age of the coronavirus pandemic, when residents must work, learn, and obtain information online, broadband is a necessity. 

Libraries serve as the primary access point for millions of residents who struggle with reliable and affordable broadband. On October 20, 2020, Next Century Cities’ Executive Director, Francella Ochillo hosted a training workshop for librarians at the 2020 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference. Her presentation, “Using Your Library Story to Empower Your Advocacy” was followed by a live-streamed Q&A session in which participants discussed the power of storytelling in their advocacy.

Librarians do not only play an important role in ensuring that every resident in every community has digital opportunities, librarians are some of the most important advocates for expanding broadband and increasing adoption. Lawmakers and policymakers trust their community insights and benefit from their expertise. Librarians also provide critical digital literacy training and support. They are essential partners in closing the digital divide. 

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