by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
The Litchfield Library now has two new laptops and a wireless printer for public use. This mobile technology will offer our customers more flexibility in their computer use.
The laptops are for use in the library only. You won’t be able to take them home with you. But you will be able to sit anywhere in the library you want: in a comfortable chair, at a table or desk all by yourself, or in a study room. You won’t have to sit right next to someone else. And if you need to talk on the phone while using a computer, a laptop in a study room is a great solution.
To check out a laptop, you will need a Pioneerland library card, or another Minnesota library system’s card set up to use in Pioneerland. The card can have no more than $5 in fines, and you must have the card with you. Make sure to bring the laptop back up to the desk for us to check in when you’re done.
If you don’t have your library card with you or it’s blocked by fines, you will need to use one of our desktop computers. Luckily we have plenty of those and you’ll have no difficulty getting a turn. You don’t need a library card or ID to use those computers; you just write your first name down at the front desk to sign in.
We’ve had many requests for a way to print from phones and laptops, now that so many people bring in their own mobile devices to use our Wi-Fi. We now have an e-printer in our copy room. It doesn’t work like a wireless printer that shows up as a printer choice on your phone when you’re nearby. You will need to email your document to the printer.
Talk to our staff or read the instructions on the printer if you want to print from your mobile device in our library. It’s easy, but you will need to access your email to make it work. The same printing charges apply as on our large printer/copier: ten cents for a black and white print and fifty cents for color.
Our desktop computers have gotten some updates lately, so you may notice that things look a bit different when you go into Word or Publisher. We now have Microsoft Office 2010.
You may not be aware that we have a scanner available for public use. This is very handy when you need to get a paper document to someone by email. There is no charge to use the scanner, so you can save money over faxing if you have an email account you can sign into anywhere and an email address to send it to. We do not send faxes at the library anymore.
All of the Pioneerland libraries are getting laptops for in-library use and wireless printers. If you visit the Grove City and Dassel libraries now, you will find one laptop available for checkout in each location, plus an e-printer that works like Litchfield’s.
The world is moving more and more to mobile computing. We hope these new choices at the library will give you the flexibility to accomplish the things you want to do.