Gainesville, Fl. — The Center for Digital Government announced that the Alachua County Library District has won the 2023 Government Experience Project Award for the ACLD WiFi2Go program. The Library District is the Project Experience Winner in the Special District Experience category.
The announcement was made during the annual Center for Digital Government GovX Summit, which showcases the latest trends, best practices, and ideas around the evolving experience of government. The GovX Summit presents a unique opportunity to glean insights and learn from those at the forefront of the government experience movement. This year's summit was held virtually.
The WiFi2Go program was described to the award committee as follows, “Alachua County Library District card holders can check out WiFi2Go mobile hotspots to connect to the internet on computers, smartphones, and other devices outside the library. Up to five devices can connect to the hotspot at one time and there are no data plan fees or data limits. The Library District launched the WiFi2Go collection in April 2021 with 100 hotspots funded by a $36,000 donation from the Alachua County Library Foundation. In July 2021, the Foundation’s board members donated another $36,000 to double the WiFi2Go collection to 200. Then in June of 2022, the Foundation’s board members again donated $36,000 to add 100 more hotspots to the WiFi2Go collection, bringing the collection’s total to 300 WiFi2Go hotspots.”