New WiFi Authentication
The El Segundo Public Library, with assistance from Information Systems and the City Attorney’s Office, eliminated the requirement of a daily password for accessing the City’s free WiFi network at the Main Library. Staff estimate they spent around 700 hours issuing 14,000 passwords last year at various Customer Service Desks. Customers are thrilled with the change as they are able to access the network more quickly each day.
Library Services and Information Systems partnered to identify building and technology upgrades that are necessary to prepare for implementation of self-checkout machines and wireless printing at the library. New data and power outlets will be added in October to prepare for installation later this year.
Library Yoga and Meditation
New healthy living classes in Library Park co-sponsored by the Library Services and Recreation and Parks Departments have proven popular with residents. Thirty-four people attended the first two weekday classes. Community members requested additional yoga and meditation programs, including on Saturdays. Other new programs planned for September and October include Family Storytime, Bilingual Storytime, and a Living Library (where participants checkout a person for conversation rather than a book).
Creative Economy Report
The City’s Art & Culture Advisory Committee partnered with Barbara Voss to solicit proposals for a Creative Economy Report to research the fiscal impact of the creative economy in El Segundo. Findings will be used to inform Barbara’s work related to business and tourism as well as the Committee’s work in developing a proposal for a Percent for Arts Program. Beacon plans to complete the Creative Economy Report by the end of the year.