Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP)

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Recovery.gov logoThe Utica Public Library is the recipient of a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant. This grant, which will end in September, 2012, has been used to create a Public Computer Center (PCC), extend Library hours and provide technology related instruction.

The Purpose of the PCC

The PCC will provide free computing services to assist the unemployed/underemployed and other vulnerable populations. These populations include individuals in need of social services, including the physically disabled, seniors, individuals with little or no English language proficiency, and others.

Services will include, but not be limited to: digital literacy training; workforce training to help job seekers with locating employment opportunities, resume preparation, test preparation, interviewing skills, teleconferencing, job research, completion of online applications etc; assistance for small businesses; and access to essential e-government and other online resources for healthcare, education, social services and citizenship.

In addition the PCC will be available for free, public computing. Staff will always be available to assist patrons with the computers and their software applications.

PCC

The PCC is located on the upper level of the Utica Public Library. It is equipped with 16 student workstations, an instructor workstation, a print release station and a presentation system. Video teleconferencing will be added in the next few months. Additional computers are available on the Library’s main floor.The New York State Library, a unit of the Office of Cultural Education within the New York State Education Department (NYSED), has been awarded $9.5 million in a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to expand computer access in public libraries across New York State.

The funding is being provided through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

List of all BTOP New York Public Computer Centers