Traverse Area Library Debuts WiFi Guide for Area

TADL Free Wifi Guide

Traverse Area District Library is my library away from home! Jeff, in IT there, IMs on occasion to let me know what’s happening. This just debuted! What a great service provided by the library that reaches out into the community using some pretty nice techie tools.Not only are library hotspots listed, but other free ones as well.

I asked Jeff what their goals were. He said:

“We had a few goals in mind:
1. provide our patrons with an accurate list of free hotspots in the area
2. gain additional real-world experience with (buzzword alert) AJAX, XML, XSLT, the Google Maps API, etc.
3. provide reasonable fallback mechanisms for browsers that do not support all of the aforementioned technologies…the site works very well in latest MSIE, Firefox, Mozilla, Opera, and Safari, while still providing useful information to users using Konqueror, Lynx, Netscape Navigator 4.8, etc.”

Check this page out! Is this another way the library could provide a community service?