Challenge: Flexible, Dependable Network Solutions For Libraries
Libraries are a community’s go-to resource for learning opportunities of all kinds. Increasingly, that means ensuring high-performance, reliable connectivity for emerging and diverse learning applications.
Library patrons use cloud-based applications and massive open online courses (MOOCs) to learn new skills, like software programming or a foreign language. Citizens who are otherwise unable to obtain Internet access utilize the library’s connectivity to apply for jobs online, do homework, and read email. Students use computers and mobile devices to access worldwide information databases (such as Interlibrary Loan or LexisNexis) for research. With increasing demands and use but limited funding and support, libraries may struggle with:
- Security: Library IT staff must provide required levels of data privacy and confidentiality to patrons, prevent unauthorized network access, and ensure CIPA compliance.
- Network reliability: Because of their programming, research, literacy initiatives, family learning, and other key community functions, libraries need to reliably provide access to networks and multimedia resources.
- Affordability: Libraries need network and security solutions that provide the highest level of service and reliability while keeping costs low.