County library receives grant for mobile technology center
The Nevada County Library has received a $51,000 grant from the California State Library to create a mobile technology center that will travel to library branches and community meeting places, starting in early 2016.
The vehicle will be outfitted with a 3D printer, 3D scanner, laser cutter, projector and screen and other technological devices; it will also allow the library to transport some of the materials from its collaborative technology center, which provides no-cost access to computers and technological tools, study space and public classes at the Madelyn Helling library branch.
“I’m just really excited about it and I think everybody else here is too,” said Laura Pappani, the county librarian. “It’s going to be a nice way for us to provide services to Nevada County.”
Pappani said the California State Library each year invites libraries throughout the state to pitch a grant idea; previously, the county’s library system has received grant funding for projects within its collaborative technology center as well as to work with the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe to build a collection of books, photographs and artifacts from the tribe’s culture and history at the county’s Doris Foley Library for Historical Research.
The idea for the mobile technology center grew out of the library’s desire to provide technology access and workshops to those who may not be able to visit the Madelyn Helling library.
“The collaborative technology center is great and it really shows that people could really use the technology, and will use it if it’s available to them,” Pappani said. “But I would get comments on a weekly basis, particularly when I was out at other branches — ‘Gee, that’s nice, but what about us?’ or ‘It’s too far’ or ‘I have no transportation.’”
Pappani said the library is currently in the process of securing and outfitting a vehicle, as well as determining the mobile center’s schedule. The library hopes the center will be ready to hit the road in January.
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