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September 1, 2010

New computer center coming to Plattsburgh Public Library

Computer Center programs to include work force skills

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PLATTSBURGH —

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Mary Linda Todd, a library development specialist with the New York State Library, is developer for the statewide project and director of the grant.

She commended the staff at the Plattsburgh Public Library for seeking the grant and noted she was surprised how many libraries across the state weren't interested.

"The library staff are under a very tight timeline," Todd said.

That includes quarterly progress reporting on issues such as purchasing and hiring staff.

PARTNERSHIP

New York State Department of Education Regent James Dawson said reductions in library funding make it even more important for libraries to seek grant funds.

The ability to tie that in with broadband service and assistance to job seekers was a good move, he said.

Library Director Stanley Ransom said he was delighted when the library was able to partner with OneWorkSource on the project.

North Country Workforce Investment Board Chair John Van Natten said the partnership is an example of institutions with different missions working together to better the community.

"Public libraries are changing. They are taking on broader public-service roles beyond loaning books, CDs and DVDs," he said.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

E-mail Dan Heath at:

dheath@pressrepublican.com

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