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The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Public Libraries and Wi. Fi David Potts Senior

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Public Libraries and Wi. Fi David Potts Senior Network Adviser The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Agenda • • The People’s Network Background to

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Agenda • • The People’s Network Background to Wi. Fi development Libraries supporting others Why Wi. Fi in public libraries? The pilots Evaluation Next steps

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council The People’s Network Infrastructure • National mosaic of

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council The People’s Network Infrastructure • National mosaic of local networks • 90% broadband connectivity • Accessible ICT in trusted local venues (libraries) • Delivered on time, in budget

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council The People’s Network • Successful project • 4,

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council The People’s Network • Successful project • 4, 200 libraries • 3, 000 UK online centres • 30, 000 terminals • 60 million hours • Very popular • Building on success • Instant ‘Shop window’ infrastructure

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Framework for the Future • Published February 2003

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Framework for the Future • Published February 2003 by DCMS • Restates the importance of libraries • Offers a 10 year development vision • Challenges for the People’s Network • How to use the network? • MLA Action Plan • Digital Citizenship • People’s Network Service • Widening access

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Components • • Personalised interface Online enquiries ‘Sense

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Components • • Personalised interface Online enquiries ‘Sense of Place’ resources Virtual reference shelf e-government Web browsing! Wi. Fi could help widen access to the People’s Network Service

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Background • 10 Downing Street • MLA, Oe.

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Background • 10 Downing Street • MLA, Oe. E, DTI, Intel • Stephen Timms, Minister for e. Commerce • Pilots idea • Identifying funding

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Libraries supporting others • UK online centres •

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Libraries supporting others • UK online centres • Key government target on universal Internet access • E-government • National and local • Broadband • DTI • TCA

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Department of Trade and Industry “To ensure the

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Department of Trade and Industry “To ensure the competitiveness of the UK economy, broadband needs to be available to as many people as possible. Better partnerships between the broadband industry, Government, the regions, local government and local communities will allow every community to experience the same advantages broadband brings to some rural communities already – and in a far shorter timescale than ever envisaged. ”

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council The Countryside Agency “To make life better for

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council The Countryside Agency “To make life better for people in the countryside and to make the quality of the countryside better for everyone” To improve life for people in the countryside: • boosting and improving essential rural services • improving the economic potential of the countryside

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Why Wi. Fi in public libraries? • Target

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Why Wi. Fi in public libraries? • Target rural libraries • Often only broadband location • Internet ‘on the pause’ • Fast food restaurants, train stations, coffee shops • Laptops already being brought in • Existing People’s Network infrastructure • Experimenting with new technology • Familiar location • Are libraries good locations for Wi. Fi hotspots? • Opportunity for libraries to experiment

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Issues to be explored • Ease of installation

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Issues to be explored • Ease of installation • True cost • Setting up costs • • • Usage levels Impact on front line staff Robustness of technology Security Charging Anything else

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council The Pilots - Locations • • • Ayton

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council The Pilots - Locations • • • Ayton Library (North Yorkshire) Barnard Castle Library (County Durham) Belper Library (Derbyshire) Brewood Library (Staffordshire) Chatburn Library (Lancashire) Launceston Library (Cornwall) Lyndhurst Library (Hampshire) Potton Library (Bedfordshire) Princetown Library (Devon) Sandwich Library (Kent)

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council The Pilots • Hardware for loan • PDAs,

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council The Pilots • Hardware for loan • PDAs, laptops • Different scenarios • Inside the library • Inside and outside the library • 12 months duration

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Evaluation • How often is hotspot accessed? •

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Evaluation • How often is hotspot accessed? • For how long? • When? • Session interrupted? • Charging successful? • How much are people willing to pay? • Staff impact • Network impact

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Next steps • Disseminate evaluation • National rollout?

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Next steps • Disseminate evaluation • National rollout? • Museums, Archives?

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Summary • People’s Network success is the key

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Summary • People’s Network success is the key • Organisations willing to invest in libraries if we can respond effectively • Libraries seen as innovators • The need to keep trying new approaches Contact david. [email protected] gov. uk www. peoplesnetwork. gov. uk www. mla. gov. uk