2013-11-27 / Local News

Delphi Library Awarded LSTA Grant

Comet staff report

The Delphi Public Library received a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $3,040 to purchase a Technology Learning Lab to include four laptops and four e-reader devices. The laptops will be used for hands-on classes in basic computer usage, internet and email, Microsoft Office products and other topics requested by patrons. The e-readers, a Kindle Fire HD, a Nook HD, a Kobo Glo reader and an iPad, will be used for hands-on classes and demonstrations on downloading titles from the library’s ebook collections.

The laptops will be used to supplement the library’s existing laptop in-house checkout service and the e-book readers will be circulated for patron use when classes are not scheduled. Community organizations may also use the learning lab, by appointment.

“This mobile learning lab will enable us to broaden our hands-on technology classes and also ensure that when you come to the library, there will always be a desktop computer or laptop available for you to use,” library director Kelly Currie said. “In addition, the hands-on practice with e-book readers will enable more patrons to feel comfortable accessing the library’s growing collection of downloadable ebooks.”

The library will be holding a “technology petting zoo,” during the first two weeks of December, to allow patrons to visit and examine the e-readers and participate in short demonstrations. Library patrons over the age of 18 years old will be able to check out an e-reader and for two weeks beginning in January. Patrons can “check out” and download onto the device the e-books of their choice from the downloadable e-book collections.

Currie said the grant also enables the library to increase its technology training options in 2014. Users will be able to “check out a trainer” by appointment for an hour to get one-on-one instruction in using computers or e-readers; small-group computer classes and e-reader classes will be scheduled monthly on a Monday evening and a Thursday afternoon; and a drop-in open tech time will be held every Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. The open tech times are designed to give patrons an opportunity visit and be helped with computer or e-reader questions.

The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

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