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August 11, 2011
Library to offer Netbook computers for checkout

The Shawnee Public Library is adding to its services for library customers, giving them the ability to check out a Netbook laptop computer.

The library has six circulating Netbook computers for home use as part of a pilot project started by the Pioneer Library System. The computers may be checked out for seven days.
Checkouts can be made for customers ages 18 and up whose library account is in good standing.

Only one computer may be checked out a time per library card, and checkouts are done on a first-come, first-served basis, with no reservations or requests taken.

Each Netbook is equipped with Microsoft operating software and built in Wi-Fi Internet. Additional software may not be installed or downloaded by customers.
Returns must be made directly to a staff member in the library where the computer was checked out. User data will be deleted before the next checkout.

Fines for returning the computer late are $10 a day up to a maximum of $50.

Also, charges for lost, stolen or damaged equipment could apply if the computer is not returned in the condition it was checked out.

The computers were made available thanks to a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

“Library staff is excited to be able to offer this new service to our customers,” said Branch Manager Karen Bays.

June 24, 2011
Bartlesville library to lend netbooks

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - The Bartlesville library will soon be loaning not only books, but netbooks — small, portable computers capable of basic word processing, spreadsheet and slide show generating, Internet surfing and other tasks.

Thanks to grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and federal stimulus funds, Bartlesville Public Library will have five netbooks to lend to Bartlesville library card holders.

The grant funding will also bring upgrades to the library that within the next few months will increase the speed of the library’s Internet connection and by next year will enable the library to host video conferences.

Beginning July 5, under a new policy recently adopted by the library board concerning the new computers, adult library card holders in good standing with the library will be able to borrow netbooks for seven days.

The library policy on netbook lending requires a photo ID be produced at the time of the lending and that the computers be returned in person to a staff member at the circulation desk, not to any book drop.

The fine rate for unreturned registered netbooks will $5 per day, excluding days the library is closed, according to lending rules.

According to the policy the computers may be reserved in advance, but may only be renewed in person at the library's circulation desk provided there are no reservations on the units.

A copy of the full netbook policy will be provided at the time of check-out.

Those desiring more information may contact the library at 918-338-4161.

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June 10, 2011
Chickasaw Regional (Public) Library System Upgrades Its Internet

Libraries to upgrade computing capabilities: Thanks to a national grant program, internet users at the Ardmore Public Library and five branches of the Chickasaw Regional (Public) Library System will see a dramatic increase in online access speeds as early as next year, Page 1.

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February 25, 2011
Fairview City Library to get high-speed Internet

By Jim Wilkinson, Fairview correspondent
Enid News and Eagle

FAIRVIEW — A Fairview delegation attended the OK Connect Meeting in Oklahoma City recently to learn about Oklahoma’s broadband project. At that time the team learned of a grant received from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

The NTIA grant was $2.3 million.

A matching grant of $1 million was received from the Gates Foundation for a total of $3.3 million to become available to Oklahoma Libraries. Various partners in OK Connect, including Fairview City Library, will share in the award.

Librarian Ernestine Titus advised Fairview will benefit from the grant, as it will increase the library’s high speed broadband capabilities. In addition, high speed video conferencing capabilities will be available by 2012.

“Our library has seven computers available for public use at the present time,” Titus said. She went on to say the computers are in constant use by citizens who are getting an education online, applying for jobs and for research. The computers are in constant demand by students working on public school assignments to complete their homework.

Titus said one woman is coming to the library and working on completing her master’s degree online. This service also is available through the help of George Williams, a local citizen, who volunteers his time to assist in the operation and maintenance of the computers. Training for library employees will soon be available through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries due to the expected increase in public

Jill Nishi, deputy director of the Gates Foundation’s U.S. Libraries program said the new, improved broadband service will deliver valuable online service opportunities for the public. Nishi also stated the award is expected to provide an understanding of the importance of investing in public technology access.


January 2, 2011
Tahlequah Public Library - General Computer Links

A branch of the Eastern Oklahoma District Library System. tpl banner ... Oklahoma Broadband Interactive Map. *OKConnect used to be referred to as BTOP*