Boulder City Magazine® September 2009 Issue
by S. Lynn Schofield-Dahl, Director
Boulder City Library
Libraries have truly embraced the computer age. Computers do a lot to make a Librarian's job easier. Some of you mourn the passing of the card catalog, but I assure you that if you had ever spent hours typing or filing those cards, your grief would be short lived.
Boulder City Magazine®
|Perhaps the biggest change that computers have made to library service is the addition of computer labs for the public. Every day we have 50-100 people come in to connect to the Internet or do other tasks. This fall, we hope to add a few more workstations to try and meet a growing demand. Not only do we have computers in our lab, but those computers are hooked up to a black and white printer. To use one of our computers, you must come in with your current library card and sign a Computer Responsibility Statement to familiarize yourself with our policies regarding computer usage. After that, you just need to come in with your library card and stop at the Reference Desk to sign-up for a computer. Once you have been assigned a computer, you have until the top of the next hour to use that computer. We have unfiltered internet access for adults, and filtered internet access available for minors.
In addition to the Computer Lab, we offer free wireless access to our patrons. Those of you with your own laptops with wireless capability, we can be your WiFi “hot spot”. The code changes every few days. To use our wireless, you must come in with your current library card and sign a Wireless Agreement to familiarize yourself with our policies regarding wireless usage. After that, you just need to come in with your library card and stop at the Reference Desk to get the access code. At the moment we don’t have wireless printing, but we are looking into it. We have a number of “Wireless Workstations” available with outlets so you don’t have to drain your computer battery.
The library staff can offer limited assistance in using the computers in the lab. Every web page is a little different, and e-mail servers are not created equally. So we can’t make any guarantees that suggestions we make will work, but we can try.
You can find out more by visiting our web site at www.bclibrary.org
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