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VIDEO - Mary Lee Kennedy, NYPL HotSpot Lending Program

Mary Lee Kennedy, Chief Library Officer at the New York Public Library, provides an update on NYPL’s Library HotSpot program, a program which loans WiFi hot spot devices to low-income families at 11 branches for up to six months at a time so they can access the Internet from home. The Library HotSpot program is a pilot that includes the Brooklyn and Queens Public Libraries as well as libraries in the states of Kansas and Maine where the pilot can gather information about WiFi usage in areas with a small population base. Kennedy’s remarks include reflections on the challenges and opportunities of providing broadband access to communities through the public library and how this library role may evolve in the future. These comments took place at the Leadership Roundtable on Library Innovation, which took place on August 10, 2015 in Aspen, Colorado. The event was sponsored by the Knight Foundation.

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