National Survey of Public Library Outlet Internet Connectivity
Requested by John Bertot
The following are preliminary results of a survey of New York State public library outlets collected by John Bertot during the summer of 1998.
Responses from 951 library outlets
- Is this library outlet Currently connected to the Internet in any way?
NO = 126
YES = 825
- If this library outlet does not now have any access to the Internet, is there a plan to connect the
outlet to the Internet in any way in the next within the next 12 months?
YES, for library staff use only = 11
YES, for library staff use AND public access = 80
NO Internet connection planned = 32
- Does this library outlet provide public access to the Internet?
No (please return the survey. Thank You!)
Yes (please go to question 4) = 700
- Please indicate the type(s) and number of public access Internet terminals/workstations provided by
this library outlet:
a. Text-based (e.g., non-graphical). = 504 terminals (181 responses)
b. Graphical (e.g., can display images). = 3,425 terminals (641 responses)
- Please indicate the maximum speed of this library outlet's public access Internet
14.4 kbps or less = 35
56 kbps = 230
T1 (1.5 mbps) = 109
28.8 kbps = 82
64 kbps (ISDN 1B+D) = 15
Cable service(10 mbps) = 80
33.6 kbps = 86
128 kbps(ISDN 2B+D) = 18
Other responses to question 5 with speed options not on the original survey:
Frame relay = 1
Other = 2
384 kbps = 27
- Please complete the following questions about this library outlet's public access Internet Services:
a)Our library offers special software for individuals with disabilities
b)Our library uses filtering software blocking software for pornography)
- Does this library outlet have an acceptable use public access Internet policy in place (e.g., a policy
that informs the public about the use of the Internet by minors, pornographic material, chat rooms)?
YES = 547
NO = 34
Currently developing a policy = 120
Staying Connected 2 -- coming soon!
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