JCPL’s Digital Equity Vision Statement
To achieve digital equity in Johnson County by connecting community members with options for internet access, affordable devices, digital skills training and technical support. This will ensure Johnson County residents have the necessary tools to support education, health, economic prosperity, overall well-being, and the ability to fully participate in society.
How will JCPL help? -- Digital Navigators Program
What is it?Digital Navigators are individuals who address the whole digital inclusion process — home connectivity, devices, and digital skills — with community members through repeated interactions if needed. Digital Navigators are familiar with resources that relate to digital equity, and they help residents learn about their options for home internet access, low cost devices, digital literacy training and can provide guidance navigating online services including but not limited to food support, rent, education, employment, childcare, government benefits and more.
Who is it for?
Anyone that needs help navigating the internet, lacks internet access, needs a device, and/or digital literacy training. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there are more low-cost options that may be available to eligible people.
1) Get internet access
- Temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit Program: https://www.getemergencybroadband.org
Provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.
Check eligibility at https://getemergencybroadband.org/do-i-qualify/
- Check out low cost internet options in your area: https://www.everyoneon.org/
- PCs for People Mobile Hotspot: https://jcpl.pcsrefurbished.com/sales/salesHome.aspx
2) Discount Devices
- PCs for People: https://jcpl.pcsrefurbished.com/sales/salesHome.aspx
PCs for People has distributed over 150,000 computers since 1998. Through this site, we are proud to offer quality refurbished desktops, laptops, internet and accessories to thousands of individuals and non-profits.
- Human-I-T: https://www.human-i-t.org/
human-I-T is here to help those who are not connected or are paying too much for internet.
3) Digital Literacy Training
- LinkedIn Learning
JCPL cardholders living in Johnson County can access any of the thousands of online courses in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, web design, business, marketing and much more at no cost.
- Gale Courses
Gale Courses offer a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the internet. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to enroll at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.
GCFLearnFree.org provides essential skills to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.
Collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, provided by the Public Library Association.
A free educational website that teaches older adults and inexperienced internet users with basic computer skills about websites. Provides a vast array of articles, tutorials on 21st-century online platforms, tools and social media.
Google Applied Digital Skills
Learn job-ready skills from anywhere with free, video-based lessons. Includes lessons for job-seekers, everyday life, financial literacy and more.
Digital Literacy Toolkit
Free, comprehensive digital literacy training materials provided by the Texas State Library and Museum Commission.