Friday, October 30, 2015

Enter Library Box!

In a global denomination with 2 million members, the Internet is an invaluable resource for connecting people around the world.

Despite all its usefulness, the Internet does have its limitations, and that's just if you can access it. As much as 60 percent of the world's population can't access the Internet.

“There are many places we cannot distribute resources via the Internet — either because of lack of access or security,” said Tammy Condon, administrative director for the Church of the Nazarene’s Global Education and Clergy Development Office.

Enter Library Box: a small, portable router that enables users to download files without an Internet connection or wires of any kind.

“It’s super easy technology, which, when we think about some of the places it needs to go, that’s exactly what we need,” Condon said.

Users within a few feet can connect to the iPhone-sized device just like you would connect to a WiFi router. The device will then redirect the user from any Web page to a Library Box page where files can be viewed and downloaded.

The GECD staff is currently focused on educational applications, such as allowing students to download reading material or homework, but the potential uses don’t end there. Read more.