Library Friends Help To Upgrade Computers
FANWOOD - New workstations and software have greatly improved computer services at the Fanwood Memorial Library.
Instead of buying a series of fully loaded computers, the library has established a network of machines that share software. Each machine occupies a workstation, or kiosk and provides Internet access, office software. The software includes word processing spreadsheet, and Powerpoint capabilities.
Library Director Dan Weiss and Pete Billson of ELB Internet Services installed the system. Weiss reported that the system upgrade 'provides a more stable dependable, and uniform experience for patrons who use the computers."
He added, "Despite the fact that they are in constant heavy use, which is a good thing, there have been very few problems."
Although each new session at one of the seven computer stations begins the same way for everyone, users can personalize any session, for example by adding bookmarks. Users can work from their own floppy disks and access their web-based e-mail.
The Friends of the Fanwood Library joined the borough of Fanwood, library trustees, and the Freeholders of Union County in funding the system upgrade. Much easier to administer than a complete personal computer, the workstations are also much less expensive. The Friends paid $725 for a workstation, compared with $1,000 to $1,500 for a PC.