Rowan County, NC (WBTV) – The Rowan Public Library has been awarded a $36,000 North Carolina Library Adaptation Technology Grant. RPL is one of 46 libraries that recently received a total of more than $1.5 million statewide. The Adaptive Technology Grant enables libraries to improve library operations by purchasing technology that supports better access to residents, pandemic response and implementation of public health protocols.
Grant awards allow RPL to pass through four branches in the library system (RPL Headquarters in Salisbury, RPL East in Rockwell, RPL South in China Grove, and RPL West in Cleveland). The former self-service kiosks at RPL Headquarters, RPL East and RPL South are 8 years old and run on an operating system that is no longer supported.
Access to this new technology advances RPL’s digital inclusion initiatives by increasing checkout accessibility for people with disabilities, carers, or in other situations that may prevent someone from accessing the checkout. The new station and its amenities ensure that all customers have the option of using a traditional checkout process or a self-checkout process.
The new self-service kiosks feature upgraded amenities: as before, customers can inspect or return their materials. Now, however, they can reserve computers, renew borrowed items, or access their account information. Each branch kiosk features these upgrades, although the kiosk type (standing or countertop) for each branch is chosen to suit the branch layout. At RPL headquarters, customers can also pay fines (cash only; silver change and one- or five-dollar bills) at the new kiosk.
“These kiosks have proven to be a huge benefit and are popular with users. We expect usage to continue to increase as more customers feel comfortable with the high-tech options,” said Itziar Pozo, Library Support Specialist .
The RPL staff at each branch is on hand to provide you with individual tutorials on how to use the kiosks. We encourage customers to seek assistance at any help desk or call 980-432-8670.
The RPL’s Adapting Technology Grant application was written by former Technical Services Director Amber Covington and Library Services Manager Laurie Lyda; Lyda is overseeing the final stages of the project.SLNC’s Adaptation Technology Grant is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as mandated by federal libraries
Services and Technology Act administered by the North Carolina State Library, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS Grant No. LS-250229-OLS-21). SLNC receives a portion of federal investment in museums and libraries through the American Relief Program Act, which provides additional funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support vital library programs and services in local communities . The LSTA Grants Program, administered by the SLNC, funds library projects across the state that promote excellence and promote equity by strengthening North Carolina library capacity, expanding access, and community engagement.
IMLS is the federal government’s primary source of support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create powerful libraries and museums that connect people with information and ideas. Through the LSTA Grants to the State program, IMLS uses a population-based formula to provide funding to state library agencies. State libraries can use grants to support initiatives and services statewide; they can also distribute funds to public and academic libraries through competitive sub-grants. Please visit www.imls.gov and www.statelibrary.ncdcr.gov to learn more about these programs.
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