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Technological Advancements in Ohio's Public Library Systems

By Rashienne Naranjo

June 28, 2015 - 12:08 AM

Two local Ohio libraries have taken the next step in advancing their library systems to adapt to the age of technology. These two libraries are the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County located on North Mulberry Street, and the Licking County Library on West Main Street Newark.

The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County offers online programs to help with career and college preparation, job training, and test preparations using the Learning Express library. They also offer online learning resources using Transparent Language Online, and online continuing education courses using Universal Class. Aside from that, they offer free tech education at the library, no registration required. Their Tech Education program teaches people computer and internet basics, such as how to use Windows 8 and set up email accounts, how to use social networks, using digital resources (such as e-books and audiobooks), how to do an online job search, and how to create solid resumes. All these programs are geared towards utilizing all the resources available to Ohioans in the digital age.

Licking County Library, on the other hand, offers non-traditional items for checkout—such as musical instruments, museum passes, and energy check toolkits—while still maintaining the use of traditional and online resources at their library. Licking County has an unusual library system as they offer uncommon programs that are not usually offered in other libraries, such as the Seed, Sprout, and Share Library program, in which people can borrow packets of seeds from the library, plant them, save half of the plants they have grown for themselves and give the rest back to the library. The library also lends people public laptops for use inside the building, allows people to order their library cards online, and offers several tools for scholarly articles such as Business Source Premier and Academic Search Premier.

Both libraries use RB Digital Gateway, which allows people to use online applications such as Zinio, a digital magazine database, Atomic Training, an online learning and training resource, and IndieFlix, an online movie-streaming database.

These two libraries have found innovative ways to enhance their learning resources by optimizing the use of technology. In a newly digital world, these libraries are leading the technological advancement of library systems for the present and future generations.
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