At their regular meeting on
The idea originated from board member
Clausen said this year the library department paid the city
"That just floors me," King said. "For 300-plus thousand a year, you could replace all the computers in the library every year."
In the meeting, Clausen acknowledged keeping the computers usable at library branches is an ongoing problem. She said this won't be the first time someone raises the issue with the city.
"I'm hopeful that things will improve in the near future," she said.
According to Clausen, the computers are mostly maintained by city workers, but the library department itself usually has an employee on staff to handle problems. This position is currently vacant, Clausen said. The department is working to fill it.
"We are working on a solution for it. I want to be clear on that," Clausen said.
The next library board meeting will be
Also at the meeting, the board members discussed the new Apple iPads at each branch visitors can use within the library.
According to Clausen, there are three iPads at each of the branches for public use. They feature several social media applications, publications and games. Visitors can check them out for a limited time, but are not prohibited to leave the building with them.
Clausen also demonstrated for the board how to access the new databases the library department has subscribed to.
Visitors can tap into the new databases at home using their library card and log-in information provided by the library.
One of the new databases is a hobby and craft reference center, where users can find articles and e-books on topics such as do-it-yourself
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