KINBER: Enabling PA Libraries to Meet Network Demands
In addition to everything else it does in support of colleges and universities and other community anchors across Pennsylvania, Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) works with libraries to serve their communities by meeting the ever-increasing network demands in support of their strategic use of network infrastructure.
"KINBER is proud to support Pennsylvania’s libraries enabling them to best serve their local patrons and communities through network-enhanced technologies.”
In 2017, KINBER offered, in conjunction with Schlow Centre Region Library, a daylong workshop called “Get Connected: Transforming PA Libraries Through Broadband Opportunities,” which was attended by staff and administrators from over 15 Pennsylvania libraries and library systems. In 2017, KINBER began offering its Library Network Assessment service to assist libraries in determining their current and future network infrastructure environments and understand network performance issues and challenges.
Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education, and community network libraries are a critical part of KINBER’s mission to connect under-served and under-resourced areas. Libraries today are often the core digital hubs of a community. If libraries do not have sufficient broadband capacity, they are limited in how they can provide critical services and support to patrons and the community. Through enhanced network connectivity and support provided by R&E networks such as KINBER, these libraries can help close the “homework gap,” build job readiness, and engage learners of all ages through rich interactive programs and network-enabled content.
To help libraries better serve the community, KINBER continued offering its Library Network Assessment in 2018 on a limited basis. In 2019, it is poised to scale the assessments and support for gigabit-enabled libraries through a new grant made possible by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program. The grant will allow KINBER to provide enhanced support, training, education, and services for Pennsylvania libraries seeking to understand their broadband capabilities. “KINBER is proud to support Pennsylvania’s libraries enabling them to best serve their local patrons and communities through network-enhanced technologies,” says Wendy Huntoon, KINBER President and CEO.
The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network. The non-profit membership organization is comprised of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government and other non-profit organizations devoted to fostering collaboration through technology. Established in 2010 through a $99.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, KINBER provides network connectivity and services to more than 100 organizations in Pennsylvania. KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable digital infrastructure and tools to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens, and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy.