November 25, 2020

Boston Public Library Introduces New Service Kiosks Along With Software Upgrades to Public-Use Terminals

From a BPL Announcement:

Taking place now through the end of the calendar year is a series of upgrades to the technologies used by the public each day, including new pay-for-print service kiosks, desktop software upgrades with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office, and high-tech multifunction printing, copying, and scanning devices.

The new service kiosks are one of the most noticeable additions to the twenty-four branches and the Central Library in Copley Square. The bright red kiosks are part of the library’s upgraded pay-for-print system and have several features, including the introduction of paying for printing via standard credit and debit cards.

The upgraded pay-for-print system offers the capability to submit print jobs from laptops on the Boston Public Library free WIFI network.

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In addition to the new equipment being deployed at libraries citywide, there are also significant software upgrades being applied to the more than 800 free public-use computers in the Boston Public Library system. All computers will have upgraded operating systems, updated and new internet browsers, quick-links to career-related websites, and a range of creativity and productivity software. Free computer access time has been expanded citywide to 120 minutes per day per user, an increase from 60 minutes.

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In addition to upgrades to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office, Boston Public Library computers are in the process of being loaded with Google Chrome browser and Internet Explorer version 11; links to career sites such as Indeed.com, Monster.com, and Careerbuilder.com; and software such as Adobe Reader, Paint.net, iTunes, QuickTime, Windows Media, and others.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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