Apologies cross-posting this (going to several lists).
I am following up with folks who provided me info on circulating mobile hotspots. We received a grant (hooray!) and are going to roll out 20 Kajeet SmartSpot 900 hotspots in time for National Library Week (April 7-13, 2019).
I appreciate your earlier feedback (we will be following similar guidelines, like no book drops, checkout via adult card only, etc.).
As I’m finalizing things, am wondering the following:
1. Do you require library patrons to sign a loan agreement for the hotspot, and if so, would you mind sharing a copy?
2. Do you have/use any verbiage that says your library is not responsible for liability, damages, etc., from misuse of the device?
3. We plan on setting the filter on these devices to block pornography (just like our adult computers and public WiFi) and possibly data intensive sites (NetFlix, YouTube suck up the daily limit quickly). If you are doing any filtering, do you call that out anywhere, and/or is this covered under your Internet Use policy?
We use III Sierra, and I have most of the issues with fixed-length fields, locations, etc., figured out. My biggest hurdles (aside from the loan rule determiner table - ugh!) at this point are the aforementioned loan agreement (we only do something similar for ILLs) and any legalese approved by County Attorney, and having a public hearing (required) for the replacement cost (north of $100) and the overdue fines ($1/day vs. 15 cents/day). Many moving parts.
Manager, Technology & Materials
Fauquier County Public Library
11 Winchester St.
Warrenton, VA 20186