It’s no secret that libraries love OpenDNS. You’ve likely heard us mention the Ohio Public Library Information Network, the organization that’s using OpenDNS Enterprise to centralize security for all of Ohio’s libraries. Or perhaps you’ve heard us talk about NetworkMaine, the organization that chose OpenDNS Enterprise to ensure all Maine public schools and libraries meet CIPA compliance. Today we want to introduce you to a Pennsylvania library system that’s using OpenDNS Enterprise to ensure meeting CIPA compliance would never again be a struggle.
Luzerne County Library System is comprised of 10 autonomous libraries that serve the 330,000 county residents of Luzerne, Penn., and offer thousands of books and online resources to library patrons. Before deploying OpenDNS Enterprise, the library system was using two different types of software for Web filtering and malware protection. This was problematic because the two programs were incompatible and demanded the constant attention of Luzerne County Library System Automated Services Coordinator, Juanita Salsman. Juanita told us, “I spent hours trying to resolve software problems that would leave the networks vulnerable to filtering lapses and other online security threats. Our libraries rely on e-rate funding that comes from meeting CIPA compliance, so we can’t afford issues with our Internet security program.”
The Luzerne County Library System selected OpenDNS Enterprise for a painless and lightweight approach to Internet security and Web filtering. Juanita says it best: “OpenDNS Enterprise can block inappropriate and malicious content before it ever hits our network, so I’ve been able to uninstall heavy filtering software. This has saved my team and I from spending hours trying to resolve software problems, and has allowed us to focus on more pressing technical issues facing our libraries.”
We’re thankful to be the choice of so many libraries that use OpenDNS to meet CIPA compliance and keep their communities safe online. Even more, we’re thankful for the opportunity to give back valuable time and room in the budget to the network administrators that help libraries and communities stay connected.