Every day, people walk into our library looking for help with technology. They need help with basic skills such as setting up an email account and filling out online job applications, and they need help with more advanced projects such as genealogy research, downloading an eBook, or editing digital photos from a family vacation.
Providing the technology training to support lifelong learning is an important part of the library's mission.
Our priorities for 2012 and beyond include a renewed focus on serving adult learners, especially in the area of technological literacy. While we have held classes on computer and eReader basics, our facility does not currently offer a space conducive to instructor-led technology training.
Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Adams Legacy Foundation and $5,000 from the Bexley Community Foundation, we are excited to announce that we will have a new Technology Center by the end of this year.
Funds from the Adams Legacy Foundation will allow us to build a classroom to accommodate 12 students and an instructor. The Tech Center will have space for two "Creation Stations," iMacs loaded with software purchased with funds from the Bexley Community Foundation that patrons can use to edit movies, pictures, and music.
The Tech Center will also house our public access computers, allowing us to provide all of our technology services in one location and to add an additional 12 computers for public use.
The Tech Center will be housed in the current audio-visual department on the lower level.
The movies, music and audiobooks in our AV collection will move to the first floor into the area under and next to the large balcony in the reference room. This change will increase visibility and access to our extensive and popular collection of movies, music and books on compact disc.
We will also brighten up both spaces by replacing the aging carpet and painting the walls.
These improvements will allow us to enhance our technology services and training opportunities while putting a spotlight on one of our most well-loved collections.
A big "thank you" is due to the Bexley Community Foundation and the Adams Legacy Foundation for helping to make these projects possible.
Please excuse our dust while we complete this work. These projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of November, and we appreciate your patience as we work to bring both these spaces to life.
Rachel G. Rubin is the director of the Bexley Public Library. She may be contacted at email@example.com.