“My name is Kendra and I’m a former state E-rate Coordinator.”
That statement feels like a combination of a confession and badge of honor – and if you’ve done any work with the E-rate program, you know what I mean. There is a special kinship among people who have been involved with E-rate, because it can feel like you have survived the gauntlet after completing the process. Solidarity in the trenches!
If you aren’t familiar with the federal E-rate program, it brings discounts for telecommunications and internet access to U.S. schools and libraries. When I worked at The Library of Virginia, I helped libraries apply for funding and navigate the rules of the program and meet filing deadlines. And I will be the first to admit that this is a time investment and a lot to pay attention to – but E-rate can also be a solution that brings a lot of money back to the library that can be used to support other needs and programs. And let’s face it, what library doesn’t need a few extra dollars?
If you’ve never applied for E-rate funding for your library, or have done it in the past but were put off by the paperwork, I would encourage you to come to our free webinar on February 2 to hear about how you can successfully navigate the program. There have been some significant changes to the program in the past year and I’m hopeful that this will mean more libraries will apply for the discounts that they are eligible for.
We’ll be joined Donna Mattingly and Greg Weisiger from E-rate Central who will share their E-rate expertise and also give you some time to ask questions. E-rate experts at your disposal for an hour? Sounds like good fun on a Wednesday to me!
Registration for this free, online webinar is now open and we’ll be archiving it in case you miss the live event.