Public library computers serve a vital role in connecting patrons to employment information, government programs, and far-away loved ones. According to an ALA study on public funding and technology access, nearly 75% of Kentucky libraries offer the only free access to the Internet in their communities. For more information on the state summaries of this study, go to: http://www.ala.org/research/sites/ala.org.research/files/content/initiatives/plftas/2011_2012/
Providing computers and access to the Internet is an essential service. This section provides a framework from the Kentucky Public Library Standards, and explores other issues, including hardware and software management and resources for discounted equipment, staff training, and more information.
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Hiring an IT Service Provider Versus a Library Employee
Professional Development/Staff Training
Software and Hardware Management
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