Monett, July 25, 2019 - “The Library only had to pay $4,032 of the $16,128 total price tag; due to the diligent grant-writing of the Library Computer Technician, Lee Ann Santee; she truly does a great job taking care the library’s tech needs.” Says Greg Brown, the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library’s Marketing Manager. Brown continued, “The grant provided the remaining $12,096 we needed to buy the new computers. Some may think that Twelve-Hundred Dollars is not a whole lot of money for us to get excited about, but the library staff is always working hard to fight for every dime of outside funding we can bring in to help our local community.”
These Sixteen new circulation computers were installed at all locations during the week of July 15th and will replace the oldest and most out-of-date computers in the library system. The new machines will serve as circulation computers that will provide all library patrons with fast and efficient service when they come in to borrow books, movies, or other media. “As a bonus feature, these new computers are tiny compared to the old ones they are replacing and will free up much-needed space around the front desks of the libraries,” Brown stated.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services Technology Mini-Grant is designed to improve library services by ensuring that necessary technology such as library computers are kept up-to-date. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. They advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.