Ohio: Sandusky Library Begins Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots and Roku Players to Cardholders
Note: A couple of weeks ago we posted (as did many others) about the Knight Foundation awarding the New York Public Library and the Chicago Public Library funding to develop projects allowing library users to checkout wi-fi hotspots.
Today, the Sandusky Register in Sandusky, OH reports on wi-fi hotspot lending at the Sandusky Library.
By the way, Sandusky Library users can now also borrow Roku players.
From the Article:
The library has become one of the first in the U.S. to offer portable Internet hotspot devices. The service, which began last week, allows any library patron to check out a portable hotspot device for two weeks that will provide wireless Internet access.
The service aims to provide a connection to the Net for folks who are on the wrong side of the “digital divide,” said Samantha Chada, director, communications & technology, at Sandusky Library.
She said she has talked to patrons who can’t afford to obtain Internet at home.
The library may be the first in Ohio to offer the service. The service is made possible by a $50,000, two-year grant from Sandusky’s Dorn Foundation, which has paid for many of the library’s digital efforts.
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Learn More: Sandusky Library Emerging Tech Guide (Summer 2014)
Note: Sandusky, Ohio is located on Lake Erie about 50 miles West of Cleveland.
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