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VIDEO - Brian Bannon, Chicago Public Library HotSpot Lending Program

Brian Bannon, Commissioner, Chicago Public Libraries, provides an update on the Chicago Public Library’s Internet To Go program, a pilot program at three CPL locations which enables patrons to checkout a WiFi hot spot and laptop computer on the same basis as books and other materials, for three weeks at a time. The hotspots are portable devices that enable patrons to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the Internet. Bannon’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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