Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2005-04-20

Wireless Access & Laptop Lending in Your Library

Monmouth University has been lending laptops with wireless cards to library patrons for use in their library, which has a wireless network. Hugh Holden presented the results of surveys conducted at Monmouth University. The feedback from the surveys was interesting and important for libraries that are considering lending wireless laptops. (While some of the surveys didn’t have enough respondents to be statistically relevant, the information collected is still interesting). Click here to see Hugh Holden’s presentation. Click on surveys to see the survey results.

A few words about the surveys and the data from Hugh Holden himself (vie e-mail and with minor editing):

I must offer a few caveats:
1. Though the web site served its purpose for my NJLA thing, as a data source, it's incomplete. Yes, the survey data is ALL there, but not all of it is in readily analyzable form - as you may have noticed. I'm working on that - slowly. As all research done by organic life forms, this bit of research is subject to errors. In other words: Use the data at your own risk.

2. Though nothing's been filed with the Feds, the content of this gaggle of web pages, like both the best and worst of its cyber-ilk, is copyrighted. I feel like a publisher's thug saying so, but must because I have squeezed a publishable article out of it ('Library Hi Tech,' later this year) and have a second in the works. So, could you please make a note to this effect:

If you use any significant bit of it in any creation of your own, please acknowledge the source. (That way, if all laptop lending creation laughs at you, you can use the "Presidential Defense", viz, "I was fed bad data.")

3. Should YOU, Ms Delneo, or anyone you know, make an original observation, trenchant inference or funny deduction from it, I'd really like to hear it. And, in the event I use said idea in my writing, I will certainly give full credit to the creator. In fact, if said same idea tips the scales at BRILLIANT, I'll ask first.

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