|Posted by Kay Thomas on April 22, 2012 at 2:20 PM|
This past year has seen some significant changes in the library. We have weeded all sections and done some major rearranging of the shelving in order to create open areas as well as some quiet nooks where you can sit and read or access the WiFi on your own device. We still have public access computers for use by the general public at no cost. The Alaska section is in the process of being overhauled, thanks to volunteer Kathy Recken. Kathy is checking each book to determine if it is out of print or rare and has created a new reference section. Assistant Director Virginia Morgan applied to the Rasmuson Foundation for grant funding for two major projects. The first is to automate the library - bar code the books, DVDs, and library cards; use scanning technology to check in and out materials; and upload our catalog to the cloud so that it is available to anyone, anywhere with access to the internet. The second part of the grant project is to replace the retaining wall surrounding the library on three sides. The old railroad ties are beginning to disintegrate and have been struck by the snow plows over the years. Hopefully, Rasmuson Foundation will fund these projects and we will begin implementing over the winter. We are also beginning to phase out the audiobooks in our collection. We hope to be able to subscribe to Listen Alaska when the above projects are completed. This will allow patrons to download e-books and audiobooks to their own devices.
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