At Multnomah Co. Library, patrons must wait 1/2 hour or so just to get access to a terminal – for one hour of internet access. Some patrons are mad as hell. And they vote.
A Gates Foundation grant appears to threaten some librarians. A paper repository may be a strategy to build an “empire” – but it comes at the expense of patrons.
Other communities give power to the people:
- The Lake Oswego Public Library has free Wi-Fi
- The Salem Public Library has free Wi-Fi
- Lewis and Clark Law School has free Wi-Fi
- Portland State’s Miller Library (and campus) has free Wi-Fi
- Oregon State (and campus) has free Wi-Fi
- The University of Oregon (and campus) has free Wi-Fi
- Most of Seattle’s King County Libraries have free Wi-Fi
- No waiting for a free PC
No enforced time limits…connect as long as you like
Spread out at a larger table in a quieter area of the building
Save your files permanently on your own device
- No printing services are generally available
A WiFi network is less secure than a wired network
Signal strength varies within the Library
I suggest “Operation Illiteracy” for operations like the Multnomah County Library.
Petitioners outside the Library hand out pamphets that proclaim “We Support Illiteracy – No Free Wireless Access”.
Patriot flags would be awarded to the library board.