Jessamyn West
Box 345
Randolph, VT 05060


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Hi. I'm a technologist living in rural Vermont studying the digital divide and solving technology problems for schools and libraries. I'm good with computers and I like them. I think I can teach anyone to use a computer. My book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide was recently published by Libraries Unlimited.

Hire Me?

I have been speaking on the intersection of libraries, technology and politics since 2003. I have given presentations in thirty-four U.S. states, three Australian states and five Canadian provinces. My interest areas are
  • The digital divide and its effects on library services
  • Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 and how they reflect many of the things libraries are already doing
  • The US political climate and specific legislation that affects library services such as SOPA, CIPA, DOPA and the USA PATRIOT Act
  • Rural libraries and ways they can use new technologies to make the most of their small budgets, spaces and staff

I've given talks, workshops, keynotes and all-day sessions on technology and library topics. I've written book introductions and chapters and edited two compilations., my professional blog, just celebrated its twelfth year online and was one of the first librarian blogs.

While I travel and speak often, my main work is in the small communities in Orange County, Vermont, helping libraries and librarians make sense of technology and teaching adult education classes in basic technology topics. I have been teaching basic technology classes for seventeen years, since before the graphical web!

Please email me if you'd like me to come speak to your organization.