Maine State Library

BTOP Projects at Work: Making the Most of Government Partnerships

Providing services in underserved and remote areas can be difficult without support systems. In such communities, leveraged resources and partnerships can range from helpful to downright critical. Maine’s state library and a non-profit organization in Washington are using NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant funding and partnerships with government agencies to attain their goals despite challenging circumstances.

Using Video Conferencing to Connect

We've talked to a handful of libraries that plan to add video conferencing to their available resources using BTOP funding. While many have shared their intent to purchase software and hardware, few were able to articulate precisely how they might use it. This wasn't the case for Janet McKenney of the Maine State Library. She sat down with us recently to share how libraries in Maine plan to use this technology: