Keeping up with the ever-trending world of technology is a battle and no one knows that better than the proverbial keepers of the books.
So why not add a special attraction, like a petting zoo, to the local library?
Copperas Cove Public Library Director Kevin Marsh presented a draft version of the library’s 2013-2017 technology plan to the Library Advisory Board at its regular meeting in December.
The plan outlines the library’s ongoing effort to service the community’s growing needs and features a proposed technology petting zoo and digital video workstations with Skype video conferencing capability.
“If you don’t have Skype capability at home, we’d really like to give you access to that technology at the library to keep that face-to-face connection with your deployed soldier,” Marsh said. “It also works great for grandkids.”
The petting zoo would provide patrons a chance to familiarize themselves with a variety of new technology devices, such as tablets, MP3 players and digital cameras.
Patrons would be allowed to check those devices out of the library, as they would with books.
Funding would come from the library’s operating budget, as well as community groups and grants for the purchase and replacement of the devices.
The Copperas Cove City Council will consider the plan during a 2014 meeting.
According to the latest citizens survey conducted by the city in September, 52 percent of residents support funding the development of an online virtual library.
The library would continue to provide access to free Wi-Fi service and multiple public access workstations for patrons like Copperas Cove siblings Travis and Sara Derosia.
“The Wi-Fi at our house isn’t suitable for the play store,” Travis Derosia said. “It’s too weak for it and not that great for Androids or tablets, just basic laptops.”
The library also will continue to offer books in several different formats like e-books, e-audio books, MP3 digital audio books, and print books.
“The availability of information and literature in digital formats has just exploded and the availability of personal devices to access that information is also growing very fast,” Marsh said. “We’re here to help people gain access to the information they want in the format they want to use.”