NEW “SELF-SERVE” COMPUTERS AT THE NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
As part of its ongoing improvements, the Newport Public Library unveiled a suite of new public computers this week. These “all-in-one” computers come with software that allows library users to log in with their library cards and use up to 90 minutes per day, in one or more sessions.
“We used this software at my previous library,” said library director, Ted Smith. “It simplifies logging on for the users, and requires less monitoring by staff.”
All 16 computers are in the lower level of the library, in proximity to the reference desk, so people can ask for help if they need it. “We’ve had very positive feedback from computer users this week,” said Sheryl Eldridge, supervising librarian in charge of reference. “We’re very grateful to the City’s IT department, Richard Dutton and Tad Taylor, for making it happen.”
The computers all come with the basic Microsoft Office software, as well as Internet Access and a photo editor called “Gimp.” Funding for the new computers was made possible through grants from the Meyer Memorial Trust, the Ford Family Foundation, and private donations. For more information about the Newport Library and the services it offers, go to www.newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.