Full course description

Course Date:



5 weeks


1 hr/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate


Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this course provides a professional development opportunity for public librarians to learn about the applications of TV White Space (TVWS) technology. Find out how you can implement this emerging technology in your library and use it to collaborate with community anchor institutions to advance access, inclusion, and crisis planning.


  • To build awareness of TVWS technology.
  • To understand how TVWS wireless networks operate.
  • To understand how TVWS can work in disaster response scenarios.
  • To develop familiarity with several library TVWS case studies.
  • To understand how to plan for TVWS at your library.

Target Audience: Librarians, Students in Library & Information Science, Community Anchor Institution Professionals, and anyone interested in learning the basics of TVWS.

Course is offered by the School of Information/San Jose State University.

Course Instructors

Kristen Rebmann

Kristen Rebmann, PhD, MLIS


Course Instructor, Kristen Rebmann, PhD, MLIS, is an Associate Professor at San Jose State University’s (SJSU) School of Information. Read More.

Kristen has 10+ years’ experience implementing and evaluating technology integration at the community level and 9+ years’ experience as a distance educator. Her research background includes community-based research, distance education, and programs/services design for diverse populations.

Don Means

Don Means


Course Instructor, Don Means, represents the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN), which he founded in 2013 as a global collaboration of innovation libraries. Read More.

With over 25 years of experience in ICT, Means launched the “Libraries WhiteSpace Project” in 2012 to advocate for library community leadership in utilizing new long-range license free spectrum to dramatically expand access to library Wi-Fi in communities everywhere. Means is also director and founding chairman of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition and Trustee for the Sausalito Public Library.

Angela Siefer

Angela Siefer, MS


Course Instructor, Angela Siefer, MS is a member of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) where she is a national leader working collaboratively to craft, identify, and disseminate financial and operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public. Read More.

Angela has been working on digital inclusion issues since 1996.

John Windhausen, Jr., J.D.

John Windhausen, Jr., J.D.


Course Instructor, John Windhausen, Jr., J.D., is the Executive Director of the Schools, Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition based in Washington, DC. Read More.

The SHLB (“SHELL-bee”) Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization with 59 members, including community anchor institutions, broadband companies, research and education networks, foundations, state broadband officials, broadband consultants, and public interest groups. The Coalition promotes open, affordable, high-capacity broadband services for anchor institutions and their communities.

Joe Hillis

Joe Hillis


Course Instructor, Joe Hillis is the founder of the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC). Read More.

The ITDRC is a nonprofit comprised of IT and technology professionals who help communities in disaster. Joe has 20+ years of experience in the fields of emergency services and information technology. He was honored as one of 150 Top Influencers in 2013 and 2012 by SMB Nation and received the 2013 Humanity Road Da Vinci Award.

Emmanuel Edward Te


Course Content Contributor, Emmanuel Edward Te is a graduate student in San Jose State University's School of Information.