Provincial funding allocated for improved library technology

November 12, 2017 by  

Cambridge libraries will be receiving extra cash from the provincial government to improve user access to digital services, technological equipment, and skill development programming.

A Lynda.com subscription will be purchased for the library at a cost of $16,377. The online learning website offers more than 6,000 courses on computer-based skills like website design and user competencies for popular programs like Excel and Word. Over 267,000 video lessons and seminars are also included, providing online training opportunities and in-demand career knowledge.

Another $16,166 has been allocated to provide a mobile hotspot for the library. Electronic lending will be made possible and educational STEM kits will be made available for children and teens. An electronic platform for self-publishing creative writing or non-fiction is also planned.

The libraries may utilize brochures and flyers to promote the new services that are available to locals free of charge. The improvements may also increase the number of library members in the Cambridge, Brant County, and Waterloo Region.

More tech gear will also be purchased, to improve access to computers, printers, and e-readers. A 3D printer is also being considered.

The old post office was replaced by a new digital library last year. Its opening has inspired the renewed focus on technology by library staff and supporters. The goal of the new services is to provide opportunities and improve the lives of all residents in the community.