Nichole Hannahs

Library Explores Increase in Wi-Fi Use

by Nichole Hannahs on May 13, 2014 at 6:46 am

It’s more of a debate today in this electronic age of e-readers and downloadable music whether libraries are relevant.

The Muskingum County Library System argues that in our area these structures are important to the access of information, education and enrichment. Even though how they get that information has changed.

In April, the library system found that where WI-FI is concerned the John McIntire Library, Roseville and Dresden branches all saw greater connectivity.

"The busiest time is mid-afternoon and that’s important for us to know as we look at bandwidth because it can slow down systems for customers internal and external, so that helps our planning as well," said Assistant Director Blair Tom.

Tom said they’re currently looking at why the afternoons are busy times and how to make sure that internet access isn’t slowed down by the traffic. A planning committee is currently inspecting all aspects of the library and in June could suggest increasing the libraries bandwidth.

"The community planning report will then inform and direct where we grow," explained Tom. "The priorities of the community and the sequence that those things are implemented, certainly where we invest our time, treasure and talent."

Tom said the top operating systems used by patrons include Apple followed by Android. The top use of the WI-FI is for web searching, social media and streaming.