It seems that Santa made a late stop at the Cherokee Public Library. We are happy to announce that we will soon have a color copier for the public to use. Thanks to a generous Merry Christmas check from a former Cherokee resident, the first year costs of leasing the machine are covered.
The machine is in the building and to this non-techie person, it seems a little intimidating. Lots of lights and buttons always send a warning bell to my brain which has been seriously overloaded in the past few years. However, I have been assured that it is "easy" to use. We'll see. Since it's not quite up and running, the jury is still out.
We are waiting on an Internet connection to be installed for it and for staff training. When those are finished we will be in business. We think is will be a great asset to our services as people will be able to scan things like color photographs and email them out in addition to simple copying. I'm not quite sure when everything will be a go, so please feel free to stop in or call if you have questions. We will start out with $.40/copy for color, but the price may change after discussion at the February Library Board meeting.
It's been a technical world lately at the library. In the past couple of months we have updated Internet computers in the children's department and installed a new version of our circulation (checkout) system. Next on the list is a new computer for my office as mine is making weird noises. More brain dings for me no doubt as I try to learn a new program. Coming up this summer we hope to do some work on the lower level Internet machines, budget permitting. Keeping computers current is a never ending process.
On an unrelated non-technical subject, we are still waiting for federal tax forms. We've had lots of calls and upset patrons, but there is nothing we can do. If the forms are not on the Internet and most of them aren't yet, we just can't supply them. As soon as we have paper versions available, they will be on the table under the bulletin board by the staircase. Otherwise, we are glad to check the net and print out what's there at a cost of 10 cents per page.
And of course since its January, there's the issue of weather. Call ahead if you have any doubts as to whether or not the library is open. If you get our machine at a time we are normally open, you'll have your answer without venturing out. Announcements are also made on KCHE.