System Meeting: Check Out the Internet

“Check Out the Internet: Starting a Hotspot Lending Program”

Thursday, June 16, 2016


  • Does your library have a parking lot full of patrons using wifi after hours?
  • Are you interested in having a hotspot lending program in your library?
  • Wondering how it all works and (gulp) how much it might cost?

Join Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC)’s Research & Development Librarian Matthew Kopel for a session reviewing all of the various ways that your library can get to the bleeding edge of access innovation. This workshop will walk you through the questions to ask vendors, and prepare you to have the answers ready for when your board is ready to fund a hotspot project.

Following Matthew’s presentation, Joe Hoyt, Account Executive for Verizon Wireless located at 720 South Meadow St., Ithaca, NY 14850, will present his devices and costs associated from 11:30am-Noon.

Learning Objectives:
• Obtain basic knowledge of hotspot technology and the potential impact of Library Hotspot programs
• Understand costs associated with hotspot access programs and identify relevant vendors
• See importance of digital literacy and relevance programs as part of any digital access program
• Develop questions for staff, board and patron community to explore interest in access programs

Who Should Attend
• Anyone interested in starting a hotspot program in their library
• Anyone exploring digital literacy, digital relevance, and/or digital inclusion issues in their communities
• Educators interested in student home-access options

Instructor Bio
Matthew Kopel is the Research and Development Librarian at the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC). He holds a master’s degree in Library & Information Science (Drexel University).

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