White County Public Library
White County Public Library Plugs Into New Secure Workstations
At the rural base of the Appalachian Mountains, 80 miles north of Atlanta, sit two small library branches that serve a county of 25,000. White County Public Library has 90,000 book titles, and in 2011, it increased its hardware from 8 to 14 computers.
In addition to the robust summer reading program and story time offerings for children, one of the main reasons people come to the libraries in White County is to use the computer. Michael Humphrey, program manager for the county libraries, comments, "I hate to say it for us old sticks in the mud, but computer usage is the way most libraries are going now. Especially during these tough economic times [Internet] is the first bill you cut at home because you know it's free at the library." The small library staff works with patrons one-on-one and holds computer classes two or three times a week.
To meet this local need for networked computers Humphrey tapped TechSoup for donated desktop machines and support and requested as many as his space and budget would allow. He'd like to add three more workstations as soon as possible.
"TechSoup has helped us tremendously," says Humphrey, "so much so that we've encouraged three other libraries in our region to sign on as well."