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ERIC Number: EJ784845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Self-Check: A Lesson in Mistaken Assumptions
Smith, Pamela Soren
Computers in Libraries, v28 n2 p14-18 Feb 2008
In 2007, "Library Journal" and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation named Hanover's Howe Library one of four "Best Small Libraries in America." Hanover is an affluent community with a long history of support for the public library. In fact, the town's taxpayers support two: Howe and Etna Library, a small, independent institution in the village of Etna. Howe Library is a partnership of the nonprofit Howe Library Corp. and the town of Hanover. In 1996, the corporation began expansion planning in earnest. The library had reached capacity both for collections and the infrastructure to support and expand technology. By the time construction began in 2003, the public access network consisted of nine PCs. The expansion not only doubled the footprint of the library, it also doubled the number of public computers. As head of the technical services and systems department, the author was closely involved in the expansion process. During the expansion-planning phase, they began to seriously consider self-check. While third-party self-check systems were far too expensive for a library of their size and budget, the corporation began setting aside funds toward a future self-check purchase. In this article, the author discusses how other libraries can avoid some of the challenges she faced in introducing self-check machines to staff members.
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Language: English
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