Rappahannock Regional Libraries Embrace Technology and Expand Resource Catalog
the Rappahannock Central Regional Library released its quarterly report, and according to that report, more clients are coming to the library due to the agency’s adoption of the technology.
To help with this, the library recently received a grant from Transurban, the operators of E-ZPass Express Lanes on Interstate 95, which will be used to expand wifi access in the neighborhoods surrounding Howell Library branches and Salem Church in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties. , respectively.
The library will receive $ 5,500 through Transurban’s Express Lane Community Grants Program. The grant falls under the community category of the project guidelines that would support applications that support the health, economic development or well-being of communities in the I-95 and I-495 corridors.
Transurban is currently partnering with the Virginia Department of Transportation on the expressway extension project that will extend the expressways closer to Fredericksburg, extending them south from Highway 610 to Highway 17.
The report also highlights the expansion of the library’s online training platforms following the library’s transition from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning for their video-based online offerings. As a result, thousands of additional online courses have become available to library users in seven different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese.
The library was also able to expand its magazine offering by switching to the Overdrive eMagazine application. The transition provides access to more than 3,000 magazines in several different languages from the previous physical collection of less than 200 magazines offered.
The library is also continuing its IdeaSpace program. Since March, the library has been circulating multimedia technology materials through IdeaSpace for those who wish to learn how to use and operate items such as camcorders, audio equipment, a digital drawing tablet, lighting and other related accessories. to the media.
IdeaSpace is currently located at 1616 Princess Anne Street in downtown Fredericksburg.