“Earlier this year, Google and the Seattle Public Library teamed up to provide free mobile WiFi hotspots to anyone with a library card. The system has been popular, with more than 1,000 people waiting for a device at times, but Google’s funding only lasts a year. However, the Seattle City Council’s newly adopted adopted a budget provides ongoing funding for an expanded hotspot program, increasing the number of hotspots to 775 units.” (via Geekwire)
“Joey Cabrera stands for part of most evenings on the doorstep of the Clason’s Point Library, near 172nd Street and Morrison Avenue in the Bronx. There, he taps into the Wi-Fi that seeps out of the library after it closes. He checks in on Tumblr, Snapchat, Facebook — “the usual stuff,” he said — and plays Lost Saga, a video game developed in Korea. “Formerly, I played Minecraft, but this is less mainstream, an inside thing with my friends,” Joey said. Then there is a basic maneuver in skateboarding that he is mastering, the Pop Shove It. He studies the technique at the library doorstep.” (via NYTimes.com)
Des Plaines – “The Des Plaines Public Library is changing its wi-fi policy after being threatened with a federal lawsuit because a patron used its internet to bootleg an Academy Award-winning movie.
The new policy hasn’t been crafted yet, but those caught illegally downloading will most likely be banned from the library and from using its services for a certain amount of time, said Library Director Holly Sorenson.
“If this happened several times in a row, the response would have been sterner,” Sorenson said, adding there apparently was one download by somebody who can’t be tracked. “We felt this was a conservative approach.”
From the “It’s about time” department