Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program helped our library by increasing the size of our media center. Winfield Public Library went from 5 to 19 computers with this grants help. The library was selected to participate in Auburn University's Public Computer Center project. This project not only helped Winfield Public Library but also 94 other libraries and 21 public schools in Alabama. Winfield Public Library received 8 Apple computers and 10 HPs. The estimated cost of this equipment is almost $20,000. On August 30th, the ribbon to the new media center was cut. This gift also landed Winfield Public Library not only in the local newspaper but in the APL Seeds. The APL seeds is a newspaper about the public libraries across Alabama. The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded Auburn University Outreach $4.6 million to expand the availability of broadbound technology in Alabama's rural libraries and public schools. Overall, the initiative will deploy 1,180 new computer workstations and replace nearly 1,640 more at 115 rural libraries and 47 public schools across Alabama.
Working in collaboration with project partners, the project will achieve the following outcomes:
1. Enhance smaller libraries' public computing facilities in a manner that makes more computers more accessible to Job seekers.
2. Provide faster and better broadband computing access, which will enable libraries to give users access to a wider array of online training and workforce development content.
3. Offer student interns a real world educational experience by employing them to assist wireless engineers, which will help these students build their resumes, career credentials and increase their prospects for employment.
4. Improve public access to broadband services in underserved areas of the state in order to bridge the "digital divide" between low-income rural areas and wealthy urban areas.
5. Provide PCC personal with training and support so they can troubleshoot and solve many front line technical support problems, which will make sire that more equipment can stay in operation providing more computing capacity to users, and ultimately ensuring the sustainability of a project.
6. Establish audio-visual conference centers at rural libraries and schools that could serve as testbeds for next generation health information and pharmaceutical advisory systems that enhance health care delivery in underserved rural areas of the state.
Please take this survery www.auburn.edu/cgs/survey and let everyone know how much you appriciate the computers that this grant has supplied for us!
WRATT, Waste Reduction And Technology Transfer Foundation, is helping Winfield Public Library. This foundation an Energy Star Partner. They help the library conserve energy, prevent pollution, and reduce waste for the future. The foundation is a non-profit foundation corporation, which provides confidential, voluntary, and non-regulatory technical services in the areas of waste reduction, pollution prevention, and energy conservation, to businesses, industries, and public or private institutions. Foundation services include on-site technical assessments, seminars, workshops and other public education activities designed to help clients reduce operating costs, waste, pollution, and energy use. To learn more visit www.WRATT.org.