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April 1, 2014

P'burgh Library Tech Center opens today

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh Public Library’s Community Technology Center opened onsite and online today.

“Plattsburgh Public Library is the primary provider of computer and Internet access for residents of the City of Plattsburgh who do not have high-speed Internet at home, might be new to computing or want to use advanced technologies,” a press release from the library said. 

“For many citizens, the library is the front line in combating the digital divide that has resulted in the inability of citizens to advance in our current economy. 

“The board and staff of the library take this responsibility very seriously.”

Microsoft will withdraw its free support for Windows XP on April 8, which will make it especially vulnerable to hackers, the release noted.

“(So) many local computer owners may wish to utilize the (Technology Center) while they consider alternatives to XP.”

‘TRUE COMMUNITY SPACE’

The Northern New York Library Network Technology Services Improvement program provided funds in support of the library’s Community Technology Center, with upgrades including a whiteboard and teaching station for training, lighting improvements and new computer tables and chairs. 

The center has 13 Windows computers running Windows 7 and two new Mac computers available for use. 

Self-service printing and copying will be available for a nominal fee. 

“We look forward to making this a true community space by offering more public workshops and technology training sessions,” the release said.

The Technology Center plans to host a number of events, including gaming strategy and development, app sharing and development “and other educational and recreational opportunities designed to attract patrons with a wide range of interests and abilities.”

“We are excited that this innovation at the library is possible through grant funding and innovative thinking,” Library Director Anne de la Chapelle said in the release. 

“It’s a win/win opportunity to increase computer access and expand learning opportunities for our patrons, while creating an online training center for the city.”

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