South­west City Li­brary To Get New Com­put­ers

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Rachel Dick­er­son McDon­ald County Press rdick­er­son@nwadg.com

The Anne Crox­dale Memo­rial Li­brary in South­west City will soon get new com­put­ers, thanks to a grant from The In­sti­tute of Mu­seum and Li­brary Ser­vices.

Retha Mitchell, in­terim di­rec­tor of the McDon­ald County Li­brary and branch man­ager at South­west City, said, “Back in early sum­mer (former li­brary di­rec­tor Kim Schneider) con­tacted Tyson and asked if they would re­place the com­put­ers at Noel. But we’ve been here seven and a half years and never had our com­put­ers re­placed, and that’s a long time. Lately, we’ve had sev­eral is­sues with slow­downs and freez­ing up, so we’re anx­ious to get it fixed.”

She said they found out in early Au­gust that they had been awarded the fed­eral grant for $14,158.

This is the third grant the McDon­ald County Li­brary has re­ceived from IMLS this year.

Mitchell said, “One was the sum­mer read­ing grant. It was $12,000. We had pro­grams through the sum­mer for chil­dren, teens and adults. We’ve been awarded that grant for at least 12 years now.”

The li­brary also re­ceived the Public Li­brary Col­lec­tion Devel­op­ment Grant, which gave the es­tab­lish­ment $4,800 to pur­chase any needed ma­te­ri­als to sup­ple­ment the li­braries in the sys­tem.

“That was re­ally fun to have that,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell said she also found in the grant for the com­put­ers a pro­vi­sion where she could hire some­one to over­see the grant and write the re­quired re­ports. She put in a re­quest and re­ceived an ad­di­tional $500 to hire the per­son, she said.

For all three grants, the to­tal came to more than $30,000, she said.

Amy Wal­lain, the new di­rec­tor who starts Nov. 6, is in the process of fill­ing out the grant ap­pli­ca­tion for 2018 sum­mer read­ing, Mitchell added.

As for re­plac­ing the com­put­ers at South­west City, Mitchell said, “I’m so ex­cited. We’ve re­ally had some is­sues in the last six months. We’ve had to shut them down, bring them back up, some­thing that we haven’t had to do in the past. It’ll be great not to have to do that.”

The grant will also al­low for the re­place­ment of the server at the main li­brary which con­trols and mon­i­tors public ac­cess for all li­brary pa­trons, Mitchell said.

“The server is cur­rently hav­ing ma­jor hard­ware is­sues. It was only a mat­ter of time be­fore it com­pletely shut down. That would just close public ac­cess com­pletely un­til it was fixed,” she said.

Mitchell said some pa­trons use com­put­ers to look for jobs and are ap­ply­ing on­line be­cause many com­pa­nies have poli­cies that only al­low on­line ap­pli­ca­tions. Oth­ers are do­ing their taxes or cre­at­ing re­sumes. Chil­dren like to play games af­ter school and visit Face­book, she said.

“Some peo­ple are so afraid of com­put­ers. They thought they could get by into re­tire­ment with­out them, and they’re find­ing out they’re a ne­ces­sity now,” she said.

“We usu­ally have to help them be­cause they don’t know any­thing about com­put­ers,” she said, not­ing she wants to of­fer some be­gin­ning com­puter classes af­ter the first of the year.

Mitchell said the com­put­ers at South­west City will be re­placed within the next cou­ple of months.

RACHEL DICK­ER­SON/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Retha Mitchell, in­terim di­rec­tor of the McDon­ald County Li­brary and branch man­ager at South­west City, is pic­tured at the Anne Crox­dale Memo­rial Li­brary in South­west City, where the com­put­ers will soon be re­placed, thanks to a grant.

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