Boston Public Library Expands Digital Initiatives with Launch of Connectivity Kits
From the Boston Public Library:
In honor of National Library Week, the Boston Public Library today announced the expansion of its digital initiatives including the launch of Connectivity Kits, and the growth of its Outdoor Wi-Fi program to include five new branches. Coupled with the library’s Public Computer Access program, and the continuous availability of digital resource and courses, the BPL is reaffirming its commitment to closing the digital divide both during the pandemic and in the years ahead.
“Our business is access to information and resources, andhelping close the digital divide is part of that work, particularly as our global health crisis increases the need to connect digitally for the very people whose need is greatest,” said BPL President David Leonard. “Through our Connectivity Kits, expanded Outdoor Wi-Fi, Public Computer Access program, and ongoing tech courses, we are removingeven more barriers to access.”
The Connectivity Kits are designed to help patrons bridge the digital divide by providing free, reliable internet access in any location. The kits include a 14” Chromebook, a hotspot,and a mouse, as well as the necessary chargers and a quick start guide, all in a BPL bag for easy access and transportation. While the BPL continues to offer Public Computer Access at the Central Library in Copley Square, Connectivity Kits extend this service into patrons’ homes and neighborhoods, on a schedule that works for them. The BPL hopes these kits will help Bostonians job hunt, complete school work, learn new skills, or simply connect with friends and family.
Additionally, the BPL has expanded its Outdoor Wi-Fi program to include five additional branches, giving patrons free internet access in the areas surrounding their local branches.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.