wireless

we are about to install wireless hotspots in some of our busier libraries, which is quite exciting for us as it potentially opens our membership to a currently untouched demographic (ie ‘i’m young, hip and upwardly mobile – why do i need to use the public library when i have my own wifi laptop and i always buy books and dvds rather than borrow them?’).

we have two options – do we go for the mega expensive product that links to the membership database and makes memberhsip number the logon password (free, takes about 5 min to sign up, a good way to increase membership which in turn justifies funding), or the much much cheaper, easier and more painless option that many cafes now offer, which is an unsecure and unrestricted acess point totally separate from the library’s own network?

a dilemma. perhaps?

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