For those attending the Public and Mobile Libraries Group (PMLG) conference on Friday and Saturday this week, there’s a wonderful opportunity to have a guided tour of the new Stafford Library. Lorensbergs were excited to be there a month ago on the first day of opening, not least because Staffordshire Libraries are the first of our customers to go live with the new netloan Wi-Fi print service. This enables everyone to print from their own devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops, while visiting the library.
The ability to print wirelessly is an important part of Stafford Library’s digital offer, which includes an impressive innovation suite, 3D printers, digitables, tablets, giant touchscreens and thousands of e-books. It’s in tune with the Government’s digital agenda in promoting digital literacy, while supporting new enterprise and local businesses in equal measure.
As well as participating in the library tour, Lorensbergs will be exhibiting at the PMLG conference - which focuses on the health, social and economic aspects of how libraries contribute to a better and stronger society. We are also delighted to be sponsoring the Public Librarian of the Year award which will be presented on Saturday. Please stop by our stand while at the conference and we’ll be happy to share with you the latest news regarding our netloan portfolio of library software.
Coming to a smartphone screen near you
The roll out of netloan Wi-Fi print will continue across many more of Staffordshire’s libraries and we are working with other library authorities to go live in the near future. It’s a service that meets the increasing expectation for users to print from their mobiles, tablets and laptops in the library – in our research, 90% of library authorities agreed that library members require wireless printing as a library service.
Importance of wireless printing to library services. Source: Lorensbergs Ltd
Nearly half of library authorities are planning to introduce wireless printing in the foreseeable future or are currently considering it. This is up from a third who were considering it at the end of 2013. Nearly a quarter of libraries expect to roll out a solution in the next 12 months. These libraries will be the first to offer a wireless printing service to the public within their communities – an exciting new service being made available by libraries on the high street and in local neighbourhoods.
It’s also being seen as an investment that makes perfect sense – meeting user needs and encouraging new library footfall while further leveraging existing ICT investments. Authorities that introduce wireless printing are able to capitalise on their libraries’ wireless networks, printer hardware, and self-service payment stations. New funding for libraries is often in short supply, but there’s still pressure to fulfil users’ needs by incorporating the latest technologies. Wireless printing utilises existing library infrastructure, leading it to pay greater dividends in user satisfaction.
Technology in libraries – investing in the future
Further data and discussion on the topics of library Wi-Fi and wireless printing are available in a whitepaper ‘Technology in Libraries: investing in the future’. The opportunities for libraries as they roll out Wi-Fi availability are considerable, especially with the right planning, support and technology in place, and here at Lorensbergs we look forward to exploring further possibilities as we work in partnership with our customers.