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OSL and OSHEAN Announce Free Outdoor Wi-Fi at the Warwick Public Library

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Ocean State Libraries (OSL) and OSHEAN are proud to announce the availability of free outdoor Wi-Fi at the Warwick Public Library. Library patrons and community members can now access high-speed, secure wireless internet at any time of day or night from the library’s parking lot. In the coming months OSL and OSHEAN will be expanding the project to include outdoor Wi-Fi networks at several other OSL library locations statewide.

OSL expects this new public Wi-Fi to be used extensively by the local community. Stephen Spohn, Executive Director of OSL, said “Libraries have become the storefront of government. I've traveled around libraries all over the country and have seen people stop in the library parking lot on their way to and from work to take advantage of the library Wi-Fi while the libraries have been closed. Sadly, I’ve also seen people sitting in their cars trying to apply for unemployment or filling out forms they can’t get from closed government offices due to lack of internet or computers at home.”

With the enormous expansion of distance learning, communities expect that students without a reliable home internet connection will rely on public Wi-Fi to get online for schoolwork. OSL’s hope is that with this public Wi-Fi, the community will be able access the internet regardless of whether the branch is open or not.

This project was also made possible by generous grants from the Rhode Island Foundation and OSHEAN, with hardware donated by the Information Technology Disaster Recovery Center (ITDRC). Installation was collaboratively provided by Intellibeam, OSHEAN, and OSL.

 

 

About OSHEAN

OSHEAN is a non-profit coalition of universities, K-12 schools, libraries, hospitals, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations dedicated to providing innovative Internet-based technology solutions for its member institutions and the communities they serve. OSHEAN is dedicated to building, through the use of innovative practices, a communications infrastructure that will serve the needs of the region’s K-20 education institutions, state and federal government agencies, non-profit research organizations, workforce development initiatives, and economic development efforts. OSHEAN is also committed to creating an environment that encourages collaboration and learning through shared experiences and resources to continually develop expertise within its member organizations.

About Ocean State Libraries

Ocean State Libraries (OSL) is a consortium of Rhode Island’s 48 public libraries and St. George’s School. OSL coordinates a statewide catalog of library materials, digital content and future-ready technology services for its member libraries so they may better serve their patrons and communities. Through their library’s membership in OSL and OSL’s partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services, library patrons have access to over six million books, movies and more, all available at or through their local public library.
oslri.org

About the Rhode Island Foundation

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $47 million and awarded $56 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2019. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.
rifoundation.org

About Intellibeam

Intellibeam is a New England-basde provider of computer networking and IT consulting services. They provide expertise for information technology projects including network design, server configuration, desktop rollout, wireless point to point/multipoint solutions, digital signage, VoIP, access control and security surveillance systems.
Intellibeam.com

About ITDRC

The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center,Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit comprised of volunteer IT professionals from across the United States who provide technology continuity and recovery assistance to communities affected by disaster. Services are provided at no cost as a service of the technology community. Founded in 2008, ITDRC is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. To volunteer, sponsor, or learn more, visit itdrc.org.

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