Monday, March 1, 2010

Internet Bandwidth Reduced at WCCLS Libraries

Washington County Cooperative Library Services and its member libraries share one Internet connection with all Washington County agencies, many city governments, and other agencies. Sharing a connection this way makes the Internet more affordable for everyone, but Internet traffic in the libraries is beginning to overload the connection. As WCCLS is a responsible partner with these other agencies, Internet bandwidth on its network is being reduced beginning Monday, March 1, 2010.

In the libraries, users of public Internet stations and wireless networks will experience slower downloads. Websites offering streaming audio and video (YouTube, for example) may not be usable at times. However, reduced bandwidth in the library should not affect searching for books, music and videos in the online catalog, nor should it impact placing requests or viewing your patron account information.

Home users, on the other hand, could notice slower response from the library catalog and their patron accounts. However, accessing information from Online Resources or downloading Library2Go books should not be affected.

We are working together with our partners to increase Internet bandwidth by June, 2010. In the meantime, we must be good neighbors and manage library Internet traffic responsibly, so that all those who serve the citizens of Washington County will have access to the information they need to do their jobs. We appreciate your understanding that temporarily reducing Internet bandwidth in WCCLS libraries is for the good of all.