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More Internet Access @ Your Library

weekly column published in Mid Iowa Enterprize

Gutekunst Public Library is pleased to offer our patrons more public access to the internet.  Grants from the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation, the Marshall County Foundation, and a generous in-kind contribution of tech support from Travis Blubaugh make this addition possible.

The library has increased the number of public access computer from 2 to 5.  High speed access is available for free on these new Dell work stations.  In 2004 the library received a grant from the Kaufman Trust and purchased new computer to better access our high speed Internet connection.  Usage went from 3 patrons a day to 12 using the service.  In the past year wait times and demand have continued to grow.   The staff and library board are very pleased to offer more work stations.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we branch out to serve you better.  

The Internet has become a valuable form of media for libraries.  A great deal of credible information is available for free on the Internet.  Libraries, especially smaller libraries benefit greatly from not having to purchase, store, and update many directories.  There is still great value in and need for books.  Our library strives for a balance in providing the most beneficial formats for information.  I no longer find it productive to purchase 'Authors in Print' ( a cross directory of authors, which is expensive, requires two whole shelves, is out of date as soon as the ink is dry, and may be found for free on the Internet).  Take a subject of common interest, say hamsters, and a book seems a better format.  Directing a child to the non fiction section of the library for a helpful book they can take home and look at with the creature in hand, is, I believe a good introduction to the subject.  More importantly, the  child learns the concept of finding information to help yourself.  Libraries will continue to be an empowering resource for the community, regardless of the format.

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Catherine Noble