Internet2 and Libraries
Posted April 13, 2007on:
I don’t write on here enough.
Recently here at LCCC we had a professional development keynote address by Connie Wisdo of the University of Scranton. She is in charge of technology there, including Internet2. She had given an address at a NEPLA meeting last June on Internet2 and I was hooked. So for the last few months I’ve worked at getting it here at LCCC. Our dean has approved me writing up a proposal for the college to review and hopefully approve.
Internet2 is a fascinating new thing. Begun in 1996 when the original Internet went commercial, it has increased in users, now up to fifty some odd thousand. Internet2 runs on a different wire, with much faster speeds and is closed to commercial use. Its main use has been for research and education. Unlike the progression of the original Internet, Internet2 is signing on everyone they can from K-20 schools to research companies to even Google (though I don’t know what they are doing with Internet2). In any case, as their website can probably show you, there is a whole new world of possibilities opened up with the capabilities of downloading, for example, an entire DVD movie in just six seconds. Now THAT’S FAST!
So, in any case, I, as the electronic resource librarian, have pressed for Internet2 here at LCCC. But as I’ve been doing this, I’ve been stuck on one question. How can libraries take advantage of Internet2? How can libraries be ahead of the game in this instance, instead of stuck behind, as we are now in relation to Google? What can libraries do to participate and be involved in, and be movers of Internet2?
I’ve got to think on that question some more. But I do think libraries need to jump on this quickly if they wish to stay ahead of the game for once.