July 23, 2014

Pilot Project: Georgia’s Rossville Public Library Begins Testing 20 Samsung Chromeboxes

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From CatWalkChatt.com:

The Rossville Public Library is the state’s first guinea pig — and proud of it — to test the use of new state-of-the-art computers in place of traditional Windows PCs to provide internet access for its patrons.

Thanks to a Georgia Public Library Service grant, 20 new Samsung Chromeboxes were installed at the Rossville library, replacing badly outdated desktop computers that library goers have long been familiar with.

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As operating costs have risen, [Cherokee Regional Library System director Lecia] Eubanks has been forced to cut library hours — not once but twice in the past two years — which has reduced public access to online services.

Furthermore, Eubanks last year made the difficult decision to suspend the library system’s technical services department — already struggling to keep outdated and overworked computers working — as a cost-cutting measure. Without that life support system, those computers have been dying off, one by one, which shrinks patron access even further.

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