Wi-Fi at King Library: Not For You!
At dinner the other night in San Jose I met some very interesting, politically active San Jose residents. They had lived 1 block from me in the Mission in the 90s, then relocated to San Jose. As Chester pointed out in an earlier comment on an SJ post, yes, some people do desire to live in San Jose, when given a choice to life in SF! So my dinner companion shared this bit of information with me.
You know that great new King library on the SJSU campus, that is a combination of the Santa Clara County main library- MLK and the SJSU library? I had spent a lot of time at both when I was growing up, so I was really happy and excited about the new library. Well, he said, you can’t get on the Wi-Fi. SJSU students & faculty can, but not the public. Not much of a joint deal, is it?
Just checked on some facts, and yes, it’s true. San Jose, the Heart of the Silicon Valley — speaking of, can’t Cisco pony up something?– requires residents to use an Ethernet-cable to connect to a land line network. Yes, in their spacious, new, shames-SF library. And, he was saying, the chances of finding an Ethernet port that works is about as frequent as snow in downtown, which was in February of 1976- I was there!
Envision this: you have your lovely new black MacBook, made by a company in the same County (that won’t provide Wi-Fi for their library..) and you magically find a working Ethernet port, then what? You can only go to the card catalog system and, lovely, the San Jose city page (to complain, “My web don’t work!”). Sigh. SJ: get it together!
I wonder what the Shifted Librarian would say about a library that doesn’t allow their patrons into the vast research capabilities of the internet.