Statewide Internet-Ready Library Levels Table

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(NOVELNY is a Pilot Project for the Statewide Internet-Ready Library)

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Purpose:

Every individual in New York State should have access to electronic information through their local public, school, or academic library.

Libraries today use computer hardware, telecommunications technology, technology-supported library resources, and the services of skilled library personnel to:

  • create, gather, and evaluate information for the benefit of their users;
  • extend and enhance access to library services from homes, schools, workplaces, and other locations;
  • facilitate access by people with disabilities and other special needs;
  • reach outside the library's walls to provide information and resources; and
  • enable users to access online information (including, but not limited to, the suite of resources presented through NOVELNY).

These guidelines serve as a basic framework that libraries can use to provide initial or continuing online access to information resources to all New Yorkers. The guidelines may be used in discussing a library's technology needs with local governing boards.

Basic

Advanced

Leader

Bandwidth Capacity
  • Cable, DSL, Dedicated, or Frame Relay lines with data download rate of 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) or higher at public access workstations
  • Internet connection with data download rate of 5 Mbps or higher at public access workstations

    AND


  • Wireless access (available to public at no cost) within library (wireless may be on a separate network)
  • Internet connection with data download rate of 10 Mbps or higher at public access workstations

    AND

  • Wireless access (available to public at no cost) within library (wireless may be on a separate network)
Content/Access
  • Internet access to local/regional online public access catalog

    AND
  • Access to NOVELNY databases

    AND
  • Public access computing workstations with printing capability
  • Must meet Basic Level criteria

    AND
  • Commercial databases in addition to NOVELNY databases

    AND
  • Access to and capability to deliver  down-loadable or streaming digital content (e-books, digital audiobooks, digital video, digital music, etc.)
  • AND

  • Remote public access to library services
  • Must meet Advanced Level criteria

    AND
  • Original digitized materials (such as exhibits/galleries, podcasts, digitized objects, original e-books, RSS feeds) created by the library and reliably available online

    AND
  • Interactive online services (such as blogs, book discussions, book reviews, live reference sessions)

    AND

  • Support for mobile devices (Smart Phones, tablets, and other portable computing devices) to include seamless access to online information, databases, and library services, and mobile-specific applications
Digital Literacy/
Technology Training
  • Regularly scheduled (at least quarterly) basic Internet, software, and database training for users in group or one-on-one settings
    AND
  • Staff receives training utilizing technology classes/workshops, Web-based conferencing, digitally recorded training presentations and tutorials, or online courses
    AND
  • Staff capability to provide technical assistance to users
  • Regularly scheduled (at least monthly) basic Internet, software, and database training for users in group or one-on-one settings
    AND
  • Staff receives training utilizing technology classes/workshops, Web-based conferencing, digitally recorded training presentations and tutorials, or online courses
    AND
  • Regularly scheduled (at least monthly) specialized or advanced Internet, software, and database training for users
    AND
  • Staff capability to provide technical assistance to users
  • Regularly scheduled (at least monthly) basic and specialized/
    advanced Internet, software, and database training for users in group or one-on-one setting
    AND
  • Staff receives training utilizing technology classes/workshops, Web-based conferencing, digitally recorded training presentations and tutorials, or online courses
    AND
  • Staff develops or collaborates on innovative delivery methods for training using new technologies and application software
    AND
  • Staff capability to provide technical assistance to users
    AND EITHER
  • User training using Web-based conferencing
    OR
  • Digitally recorded training presentations/tutorials available remotely

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Questions may be directed to Lisa Areford.

Last Updated: May 14, 2012