Jefferson County Library Cooperative Locations Become #200 and #201
Five local libraries have something in common with many of our region’s coffee shops, hotels, book stores, and burger joints. They are part of the expansive list of wireless access points across the Birmingham region featured on www.BhamWIFI.com. Recently, two libraries of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative brought the total number of “hotspots” to 201:
- Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood
Emmet O’Neal Library, 50 Oak Street, Mountain Brook
Three other area libraries were previously included on the list: Birmingham Public Library Central, Hoover Public Library, and Pelham Library.
“All 40 libraries in Jefferson County Library Cooperative feature computer access for our patrons and many offer free computer training. Wireless access in four of our locations is only one of the exciting new services the libraries are offering visitors. We look forward to working with TechBirmingham to expand our technology offerings even further in the future,” explained Patricia Ryan, director of Cooperative Services.
The www.BhamWIFI.com website is a joint effort between IPSA, the Internet Professionals Society of Alabama, and TechBirmingham. The list was started in November of 2004 and has grown from 50 known locations. “As a group of local Birmingham Internet professionals, IPSA partnered with TechBirmingham to catalog Birmingham’s wireless hotspots. We think the Birmingham wifi list will raise Birmingham’s profile as a wireless city and be a resource for Birmingham’s technophiles. Two hundred wireless hotspots in the Magic City is an exciting milestone for this project.”
“Intel’s 3rd Annual ‘Most Unwired Cities’ survey ranked Birmingham #87 of the top 100 U.S. cities and regions for the greatest wireless Internet accessibility. Adding known hotspots to the BhamWIFI website may help increase the Birmingham region’s visibility on the report for 2006,” said Curtis Palmer, president of TechBirmingham. “We’ve partnered with IPSA on this website and have offered a submission page for local citizens to notify us about new public hotspots or others we may already have missed. This will help further expand the list and make it easier for the world outside of Birmingham to learn that we have a strong and vibrant technology economy.”
The Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC) is a non-profit organization composed of the 40 public libraries throughout Jefferson County. These include the 18 municipal libraries, the 21 libraries in the Birmingham Public Library System, along with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Library. The mission behind the JCLC is to link together the member libraries to provide better, more efficient centralized services for all county residents. For more information about the JCLC, please visit www.jclc.org.