From West Hawaii Today:
The state Legislature has appropriated $700,000 for the Hawaii State Public Library System to enhance its collections of e-books and other library materials.
“This funding will help us meet the high demand for eBooks and other library materials, and it comes at a noteworthy time as the Hawaii State Library celebrates 100 years of service to the people of Hawaii and as we continue construction of a new public library in Aiea,” State Librarian Richard Burns said.
This is the first time since 2008 that Hawaii’s public libraries will receive funding specifically for library materials.
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[HPLS has partnered with Microsoft] to become the only library system in the world to offer all our patrons free access to the Microsoft IT Academy and Digital Literacy Program, which provides online training that patrons can use to create their careers in the IT marketplace.