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Libraries and High Performance Broadband


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The ability for libraries to provide access to the coming wave of online innovations and the learning experiences and services they will enable will be largely determined by the speed and quality of a library’s connection to the Internet.
Each library will need to grapple with the question of how best to seamlessly and affordably scale bandwidth levels to keep ahead of user demand in order to thrive in and expand our role as essential places of learning to the communities we serve.

There exists a national fabric of not for profit state and regional R&E networks that are all connected together by Internet2, which is our country’s advanced research and education backbone network.

Many of these state/regional R&E networks trace their roots to the mid-80s with Internet2 being created in 1996.
They were conceived, engineered, and built from the ground up to meet the high performance internet connectivity needs of educational institutions starting with big 4 year research universities all around the country and expanding today to include connecting the broader education community ranging k-12 schools to libraries and museums.

I urge you to think of the R&E networking community as major allies of libraries - they exist to help libraries solve the bandwidth puzzle so we can continue to expand our special and essential role as places where everyone can access an infinite variety of new experiences and expertise and the learning opportunities and services this brave new world is enabling.

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Libraries and High Performance Broadband

  1. 1. Libraries and High Performance BroadbandInternet LibrarianOctober 2011Monterey, CAJames Werle, MLISDirector, National Internet2 K20 Initiative
  2. 2. In 1996, 28% of public libraries offered the public access to the Internet
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  4. 4. Source: Mashable Infographic
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  6. 6. Advanced Applications Require Advanced Connectivity VoIP Cloud HD /Room Rationale Computing / Videoconferencing Virtual • High bandwidth is needed for 3 Desktop Desktop Video chat applications such as HD videoconferencing, content Real-Time streaming, and large file sharing Simulation/ Online and transfer educational gaming • Symmetric bandwidth helps with QoS 2 real time 2-way communicationRequirements HD Streaming such as videoconferencing, video Video chat, large file transfer, and VoIP (low) Database/ Content Access • High Quality of Service (QoS), in Web particular low latency, is needed Low Browsing for real time applications. File Sharing/ Examples include cloud Email Transfer computing, and Instant videoconferencing 1 Messaging 1 = Basic connectivity is sufficient Speed Requirements Italics = Requires significant upstream bandwidth (symmetric) 2 = Premium connectivity is helpful 3 = Premium connectivity is criticalSOURCE: “Connections, Capacity, Community: Exploring Potential Benefits of Research and Education Networks for Libraries,” A study commissionedby the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CSMG Consulting, Boston, MA, February 21, 2011
  7. 7. SOURCE: “2010-2011Public Library Funding and Technology Access Survey Executive Summary”
  8. 8. Access to high performance broadbandnetworks is essential for libraries to evolve in the future
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  10. 10. NATIONAL INTERNET2 K20 INITIATIVEFor more information, please visit us athttp://k20.internet2.eduContact:James Werle, MLISDirector, National Internet2 K20