Library news by Havila Lyon
A.F. Library Director
The first time I tried to help a patron use our computers at the library, I came to a fundamental realization: Our computers were horrible. I mean really, really bad.
I clicked on a link to print a document, and a full two minutes later, the computer registered my click. For someone who has an iPhone, an iPad, and the full array of gizmos and gadgets befitting a techno-lover, this was nothing short of e-t-e-r-n-i-t-y. I was sure that people had managed to meet, fall in love, get married, and then (sadly) get a divorce, all before I managed to get that document printed.
Amazingly, that is all about to come to an end with the help of the City of Pocatello and the Lions Club. Recently, the City of Pocatello decided to give away their old computers (which are much newer, nicer, and FASTER than the computers we have at the library) to local non-profits. I was on the phone with them within the hour, and because we were so quick, we had our pick of the nicest computers they were offering. Acquisition of computers? Check!
This is where the Lions Club came into play. They generously agreed to pay for Microsoft Office Suite 2010 (which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher) for each of our new computers, so patrons can come in and create to their hearts content. Resume? Done. Spreadsheet? No sweat. School presentation? You betcha. Pamphlet? Not a problem.
But the Lions Club took it one step further, and paid to have these computers configured and readied to be put out for patron use, making these new computers completely free for the American Falls District Library. Amazing!!
Every patron out there who has *ahem* vented their displeasure at the snail-like pace of the library computers (which usually involved a fair amount of yelling, banging, and perhaps even some good ol’ fashioned swearing at said computers) thank the Lions Club and the City of Pocatello for their generosity.
When will these snazzy new computers be available for patron use? Within the next couple of weeks; unfortunately, I cannot give a better timeline than that. The IT man is still working his magic, and you can’t rush that sort of thing. When we do get to roll out the red carpet though, you’ll surely hear the shouts of glee from the rooftop of the library.