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November 26, 2013

Delphi library puts technology grant to work

Patrons can check out devices and get one-on-one direction.

DELPHI — The Delphi Public Library has received a $3,040 Library Services and Technology Act grant to help purchase a Technology Learning Lab that includes four laptops and four eReader devices. The laptops will be used for hands-on classes on basic computer usage, Internet and email, Microsoft Office products, and other topics requested by patrons.

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

During the first two weeks of December, the library will be holding a “technology petting zoo” so that patrons can examine the ereaders and get short demonstrations by staff. Then, beginning in January, patrons over the age of 18 will be able to check out an ereader and take it home for two weeks. Patrons can “check out” and download onto the device the ebooks of their choice from the library’s downloadable ebook collections.

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 ereaders; small-group computer classes and ereader 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 to stop by and get help with their computer or ereader questions.

This 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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