Guide and Grant Initiative: To help libraries comply with the federal requirement to report wireless usage statistics as well as to provide guidance on technology that will enable libraries to offer high‐speed wireless access to optimize their MSLN fiber sonections, the Maine State Library is offering a grant program for MSL sponsored hardware and statistics collection. There will be a special Maine Public Library Grant Fund offering beginning in October 2018 for this project. Apply for an MPLF Wireless hardware grant!
Our program is modeled after the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) wireless initiative created by Jim Duncan. We are very grateful to Jim and CLiC for permitting us to use their model for the benefit of Maine libraries. We are committed to offering guidance to librarians on achieving a solution that best fits the library's size and budget.
For small libraries requiring only a single wireless access point, here is a guide [338K, PDF] detailing our recommended solution for acquiring accurate wireless usage statistics.
In addition, for libraries that have an operating budget under $200,000, are smaller than 2,000 square feet and are not currently on probation, we will be offering ten grants during the fall to implement the guide's solution. Here is the list of eligible libraries.
Larger libraries, especially those requiring greater numbers of wireless access points, are advised to seek a solution such as those provided by Meraki, Aerohive or similar managed network products. Larger libraries will also want to consider having their floor space audited for optimal placement of access points.
Please contact Jared Leadbetter for technology questions around gathering wireless usage statistics.
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