Magazine article Computers in Libraries

N.J. State Library Rolls out Resources to Public Libraries

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

N.J. State Library Rolls out Resources to Public Libraries

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Last year, the New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College, received more than $6.6 million in funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP). The BTOP grant, which lasts until June 2013, proposed to add public computer workstations, upgrade internet technology, and provide job assistance and work force development programs.

To date, NJSL delivered 845 laptop and desktop computers to 124 public libraries in need around the state and upgraded networks and broadband connectivity at 79 libraries. The NJSL information technology department worked with consultants to determine the adequate number of computers needed at each public library based on U.S. Census Bureau data. Library systems that came up short were supplied with computers that brought them up to technology standards.

Providing resources for small-business owners and the unemployed is a major goal of the initiative too. …

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