October 20, 2005

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?

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February 23, 2005

And there's bread too!

John, who reads TTW, sends this:

"Thought you might find this of interest.  Here is a Slashdot item about Panera being the largest WiFi provider in the country:


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January 20, 2005

November 24, 2004

WiFi Spots in South Bend/Mishawaka Indiana area

All St. Joseph County Public Library Locations
Panera Bread -North Main Street, Mishawaka (FREE)
Borders, 4230 Grape Road Mishawaka, IN 46545 (T-Mobile account required)
Holiday Inn Express, 6701 North Main Street, Mishawaka (FREE)
Burger King, Downtown South Bend at Main and LaSalle (FREE)
Carlton Lodge, 420 West Univesity Drive, Mishawaka (FREE)
South Bend Marriott, 123 N. St. Joseph St, South Bend (STSN)

Wireless Access in Traverse City Michigan
Wireless Access Directory

Posted by Michael at 07:38 AM

October 30, 2004

Philadelphia - Wifi City

From LISNews:


How wonderful.... I hope more and more cities fall in line as well. I want to findmyself anywhere and be connected with my PowerBook -- especially with the online classes I'm in!

A great starter is adding wifi at your library and promoting the heck out of it!

Posted by Michael at 12:26 PM

September 14, 2004

South Bend Airport to get WiFi

CJ at technobiblio shared this link with me via IM this am:



  • Add another airport to the ever-growing list of those with Wi-Fi access. Opti-Fi Networks says it will launch wireless service at the South Bend Regional Airport in north central Indiana. 2.5 million people pass through it each year. -- September 13, 2004 "

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  • August 27, 2004

    TC Library goes WiFi

    Rock On Jeff and all the folks at the Traverse Area District Library. I'll be up there alot to use your connection!


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    August 25, 2004

    WiFi Police State

    Ugh... I'm speechless... This summer, I spent a few minuted parked outside of a place in TC that had wifi vbecause I desperately had to check UNT class stuff. I might have been accosted as well if a TC police officer had found me there...


    And this: http://akma.disseminary.org/archives/001521.html

    What the heck? I hope this makes the big news media... it highlights something we need to think about in this world of access and laptops everywhere...

    Via Librarian.net

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    July 25, 2004

    South Bend Tribune covers Local WiFi

    On Saturday, we had a FRONT PAGE article on WiFi!

    Link good for only seven days or by paying!

    Offering 'Wi-Fi'
    Wireless Internet can be accessed for free at local libraries and businesses

    Tribune Staff Writer

    ON SCREEN: Stephen Taig, of Elkhart, works on his laptop computer last week at Panera Bread in Mishawaka. The restaurant offers free high-speed wireless Internet access to customers and loans out wireless cards.

    SOUTH BEND -- Free high-speed wireless Internet access is spreading among area public libraries and businesses.

    Known as Wi-Fi -- short for Wireless Fidelity -- it provides computer users a convenient, fast Internet connection.

    Anyone with a wireless-equipped laptop computer or a personal desk assistant (such as a Palm Pilot) can now access the wireless Internet for free at any St. Joseph County Public Library location.

    Some county library sites have offered wireless service for several years, but the bring-your-own-computer service debuted this month at the library in downtown South Bend and all eight branches.

    "It's here, it's free and you don't have to sign up to use it," said Bob Lewandowski, a county library technology trainer.

    (Well done Bob!)

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    July 23, 2004

    SJCPL Offers WiFi at all locations

    I am proud to say that during my leave, the good IT folks at my library finished making the whole library system wifi compatible!

    Read about it here:


    This morning, I'm IMing with SJCPL staffer Sean who said this week on his floor -- the magazine/fiction area --he saw a Powerbook user, a windows PC person doing homework AND a Palm user checking movie descriptions to find soimething in our AV department.

    Welcome one and all to the Wireless World!

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    June 27, 2004

    Happiness is... (Part II)

    Having lunch at Dan Marino's and finding it's a Wifi Hotspot!

    Off to LITA's Top Tech trends program...

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    June 06, 2004

    "Would You Like Wireless with That?"

    CJ at technobiblio, who consistently hits on stuff that gets me thinking and saying a "Wow" internally, has this fabulous post about ALA and wireless.

    He writes: My dream - this "check-box" exists at the registration desk this year - Conference staff person: "Here is your scarlet letter (I mean canvas bag) with lots of junk that you will just throw away - and would you like wireless access while at the conference for only $25?"

    Me: (all googly-eyed and blinded by the clouds parting and the angels singing): "Why, yes, I think I would."

    Conference staff person: "Okay, please pay over there - where you can also purchase a wireless card if you do not have one and receive directions and assistance from a techno librarian buddy to get everything working."

    Uh yeah! I want to be a "techno librarian buddy!" What's up withthis lack of connectivity and savvy at some of these big conferences? Time is not stopping for us folks. I want to be blogging from the third row of any darn meeting room I find myself in at any conference I might attend this year.

    PLA really made me low at the lack of tech-savvy ANYTHING! Wireless was few and far between, costly and in weird places - McDonald's and their weird pricing structure comes to mind.

    I wrote this there and I still believe it should be!

    I'll be at ALA -- with my laptop. I'll be blogging a bit (and also having a ton-o-fun!) Our hotel has FREE wireless!! They want to attrract guests and furnish a service many travellers are expecting... Hmmm...

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    May 21, 2004

    Wireless Access... Nice!

    Jenny writes:

    "And that's not even counting today's adults that are already sitting at Panera every morning, surfing while sipping."

    Uh oh! That's me for sure!

    Take a look at Jenny's note about wifi success from Steve Oberg, who I've chatted with a few times.

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    May 07, 2004

    Kansas City is Rockin My World

    I'm finishing up the first draft of my "technolust" article today. IMing with Jenny and reading over my notes, I've decided Kansas City is, in the words of Beck, "where it's at."

    David King, cool IT/Web guy there just sent me this page for the KC initiative to get 100 wifi hotspots in KC, including some parks:"That's right - KC (the city) is providing free wireless access, through this company - http://www.flashnetwork.net/hotspots/  I think the goal is to have 100 hotspots in KC. They have about 87 now (some free, some not, I think). The cool thing is that some KC parks are now wired."

    Cities, towns, burgs and villages - Please take note!

    (Thanks David!)

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