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New computers to provide limited Internet accessby Heather McRae,
Yorba Linda Star April 16 1998 page 1
The Yorba Linda Public Library is making 20,000 new resources available to its patrons next week in honor of National Library Week.
But instead of hurrying to get all the new materials on the shelves in time, librarian put their faith in the 21st century.
Beginning Monday, library patrons will have limited access to the Internet, providing them with a multitude of new resources to try in search of answers to their every question. Also being unveiled is a new library Web site.
But like a library, the Internet has been catalogued and organized for patrons to help make the search for information easier. About 20,000 sites are available, all preselected for accuracy and pertinence, said Carol Ann Tassios, library director.
“Selecting resources is what libraries do in general,” said Librarian Assistant Jon Legree. He felt the preselected sites would in no way limit what patrons could research and instead will make searches easier.
“The added value is the organization,” he said. Using just a key-word search engine might give people 2,000 hits to work through, he said, where the Library Channel starts off with categories the patron can choose from and then weeds down from there.
“It is easier than using the Internet, it is point and click,” he said for those who may not be particularly computer literate.
To be able to offer the Internet, the library spent $30,000 upgrading terminals, installing cable and buying the Library Channel, which does not offer access to chat rooms, e-mail or things of that sort, said Tassios.
Legree also worked on building the library's new Web site, which will be unveiled Monday. The new site will feature information about the library and check-out policies, upcoming events and book discussion groups as well as a separate page for children that will offer games and emphasize the fun in reading.
Patrons who don't want to visit the library but have a computer at home can access it from home with their modem using the library's Dial-Pac feature, which provides a link to the electronic card catalogue to find books, videos, magazines, tapes and CDs or to renew and reserve materials.
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