Technology upgrades will appear at county library branches after an award of grants.

Texas County’s library system will receive a major upgrade in technology thanks to success in securing grants, the library director said this week.

A federal technology grant administered and supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State will upgrade hardware and software used by the county library system. Eight new computers and monitors for circulation, cataloging and administration will be installed. New barcode readers, wireless devices and color printers that also feature double-sided faxing and scanning will be installed. The grant totaled $30,914 with the county library system contributing an additional $10,302.

Software will allow patrons in Houston, Licking, Cabool and Summersville

to make copies and know prior to printing how many black/white and color copies can be purchased from the balance in their account.

Patrons also have new equipment: The library has received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that has been used to buy 31 new public access computers for the library branches. Each of the county’s library branches has received new computers, monitors, keyboards and software.

Some of the new software includes:

–ZoomText magnifer/reader software for visually impaired patrons or those with difficulty reading English. The software magnifies up to 36 times and will read out loud through earphones.

–Photoshop 4.0, the Cadillac of photo imaging programs is available by making a request at the circulation desk.

— Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest will be added for genealogy research.

Facilities also are receiving a facelift. The library at Licking is receiving renovations that include shelving and computer stations to eliminate a crowded public access computer problem.

At Houston, a $5,441 grant will be used for insulation. In June, foam insulation was placed inside the block walls of the library. Further work is to be completed. The funds came from federal stimulus dollars administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


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