There has been a buzz surrounding Fifth Generation (5G) wireless networks for many years; but in 2019, cellular companies finally started widespread deployment. 5G technologies promise to change the way people communicate online with blazingly fast speeds connecting billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which will help shape truly ubiquitous computing in the future. Users will be able to download entire films instantly, stream 4K video games flawlessly with decreased latency, accomplish astronomical computing tasks thanks to split rendering, and much more. In this webinar:

· Learn what a 5G network is and what it is capable of doing,
· Explore 5G standards and see how the technology will
impact current library IT infrastructure,
· Understand the issues concerning people’s anxiety regarding its
safety, and
· Discuss 5G’s future and how it will affect libraries.


Original broadcast June 17, 2020 

Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. In 2016, Chad received a League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology.