About Us

BTOP imageNIOGA Library System is one of five E-mobile computing training units with high speed broadband services being deployed in rural locations and underserved communities in New York State.

The E-mobile and public access computer centers will provide 24/7 online access to job search resources as well as federal, state, and local E-government resources.

Services will be freely available to six million residents in 41 New York State upstate counties.

New York State Library Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) Grant Project

ARRA logoThe New York State Library, a unit of the Office of Cultural Education within the New York State Education Department, has received a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) award in the Public Computer Center category as part of Round One funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Federal stimulus funding of $9,521,150 and $5,418,370 in matching funds will be used to create public access computer centers in 30 public libraries and 5 E-mobile computer training units.

This project will enable public libraries to extend hours, upgrade connectivity, add more than 800 new public computer workstations, and provide access to 24/7 job search resources in 41 economically distressed upstate New York counties. More than 6 million New York residents will be served through this initiative.

BTOP Criteria and Project Goals
  • Increase public access to high speed broadband services in high-need communities
  • Serve vulnerable populations (unemployed, underemployed or other vulnerable populations: non-English speakers, seniors, disabled, etc.)
  • Provide technical support and other resources to support job search and career advancement through community anchor institutions such as libraries
  • Advance the use of E-services for training, employment, digital literacy, and education
  • Stimulate employment and provide job opportunities

BTOP Staff

Sara Taylor, eMobile Trainer, Librarian:

There's nothing like that "Eureka!" moment as people understand a new computer concept. Sara has trained people on various computer programs for years and has been hired as the BTOP Express eMobile Trainer for the NIOGA Library System and its community partners! This is an exciting opportunity and her goal is to continue developing new technology classes that inform and excite customers! She has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Thomas College (Maine) and an MLS from the University at Buffalo (2006). Computers are fascinating; she's been working with them for 27 years, and training people in a public library setting for almost 15 years now. Her big break was becoming the Training Lab Coordinator for the Buffalo & Erie County Library System, under the leadership of Ms. Carol Batt. Together, they completely changed the idea of computer training: send out an experienced librarian along with the computer equipment, teach classes, serve the local library population, and return to the Central Library. B&ECPL still use this model today, as does she in the Nioga Library System. She's been all over Western New York, teaching a service population of about 1 million in Buffalo & Erie County, and 360,000 in Niagara, Orleans, and Genesee Counties. It's been great fun!

 Sara has extensive, hands-on experience with many computer programs but specializes in the Microsoft Office suite. She works with Apple, Android, Kindles, Nooks, any other tablet or smartphone as well.

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6575 Wheeler Rd. • Lockport, NY 14094
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