Our Vision

A connected Arizona where all communities have access to the internet, the devices needed to use it, and the tech confidence and competence to thrive online.

About Us

Connect Arizona is a digital inclusion initiative led by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

Our activities are informed by a network of community partners, government agencies, broadband stakeholders, leaders in education, and the people we serve. This initiative has two primary aims:

  • To connect Arizonans with information resources needed for affordable home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs.

  • To inspire digital empowerment in Arizona via Digital Navigators, a free library service for individuals to develop digital and web literacy skills, find internet service, get technical assistance, and become confident users of technology.

Connect Arizona Digital Navigators

Connect Arizona Digital Navigators are a team of librarians from different public libraries, supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. We provide one-on-one phone support services free of charge.

This program is based on the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s Digital Navigators model: individuals who address the whole digital inclusion process — home connectivity, devices, and digital skills — through one-on-one support and repeated interactions if needed. We know that learning technology is often intimidating, and that everyone can benefit from patient, trusted guides who understand digital literacy as well as local contexts.

The Library Development and E-Rate branches of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, empower Arizona libraries to offer excellent customer service through consulting, grant funding, resources, and training. We support Arizona libraries to increase their capacity for digital inclusion by offering sub-grants to support digital equity initiatives, leveraging federal E-Rate funding to support broadband deployment to libraries, providing continuing education opportunities to Arizona library staff, collecting and sharing stories and data to inform decision making, facilitating library networks, and collaborating with libraries and partners to provide direct services to impacted communities. www.azlibrary.gov

School Connect is a nonprofit that helps schools build strategic partnerships because it takes a village to help every child reach their potential. In mid-March School Connect launched the Tech Connect Project in response to the urgent need for technology & internet for students who moved to virtual learning. In collaboration with Computers2Kids, Cox Communications, AT&T and Maricopa School Districts they distributed 500 computers and connected families in need to internet providers. To contribute computers visit: www.schoolconnectaz.org

Common Sense Media is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. Common Sense also developed a collective-action education initiative called Wide Open School. This platform features a free and open collection of online learning experiences and referrals to social and community services for PreK-12 kids and families. http://www.commonsense.org

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