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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 17, 2014

Library receives technology grant

Dec 06, 2013

The State Library of Iowa is pleased to announce that the Washington Public Library has received a Library Technology Grant Award in the amount of $1,287.08 to add a self-checkout station and computer reservation software at the library.

The State Library of Iowa awarded 63 technology grants to 97 Iowa libraries from funds allocated by the Iowa Legislature during the 2013 session. One hundred ninety-four grant applications were submitted representing 255 libraries. Grant awards range from $804.98 for a single library with a single project to $13,499 to a group of nine libraries in one county. The projects must be completed by June 30, 2014.

“All the winning applications made a strong case for how the use of technology would improve the lives of Iowa citizens,” said Marie Harms, State Library consultant and grant coordinator.

The awards are evenly distributed throughout the state and awarded to all sizes of public libraries and a few academic libraries.

Said Harms, “The applications proved that there is a great need to add, upgrade and replace all sorts of computers and other equipment in the libraries. By using roughly half of the funds allocated to the State Library, the impact on the equipment, programs and services offered by Iowa libraries will be profound.”

Washington Public Library director Debbie Stanton remarked, “The goal of this project is to empower patrons to explore the library at their own pace. An added perk is that it will free up more staff time to provide programs of interest to the community.”

Stanton looks forward to being able to provide these extra services in the library and hopes to get the new systems up and running by February 2014.

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