Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Enough Already

The trend may be to down size, go green, and to lower your carbon foot print, but today I am pondering going bigger, adding more, and using even more energy.

Up until six months ago, it was rare when someone actually had to wait to use a public computer at our library. Then last fall we started noticing that the public computers started filling up earlier in the day, and wait times during our peak hours were becoming a regular occurrence. In January we began setting up a "temporary" teen laptop lab - making 10 more computers available for public use during our peak hours. We were meeting the demand, wait times were near extinction..... until a month ago.

Because of construction, we have had to take 20% of our public computers for adults out of service (three computers) but I am fretting that even with these computers back in service it won't be enough. Today we have wait times of 50 minutes. I am coming to conclusion that when it comes to technology, it is never going to be enough.

Cindy Fuerst
Library Director


Blogger Jeff Scott said...

It's never enough. The running joke in my library is computer time. We received three grants for additional computers in the last three years. We expanded from 11 computers to 37 and expanded the bandwidth from 1.5 mbps to 6mbps and people still do not have enough time to do what they want. We go through this every time we expand computers. I contemplate giving more time for patrons (beyond one hour per day) since we have 10 more computers. They laugh and say by tomorrow, they will have figured out we have more computers. Sure enough, they were full.

July 09, 2008 9:12 AM  

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