Technology upgrades planned at libraries


The Jackson County Public Library board of trustees approved a 2017-19 technology plan during a meeting Monday at the Seymour Library.

The plan includes a summary of new technology in 2016: Staff iPads upgraded to iPad Air 2 and older models converted for Kidz Korner public use; Seymour Library wireless upgrade with e-rate funding; additional Kidz Korner and new Teen Scene computers; and two new freestanding self-check machines for Seymour with the older models upgraded for Crothersville and Medora.

Items planned for purchase during 2017-2019 include upgrades to wireless networks and infrastructure in Crothersville and Medora and library website evaluation and possible outsourcing.

IT Specialist Ben Boyer also gave the board an update on his job duties.

The board approved vision insurance changes effective Dec. 1 and a new internal controls policy. Board members also approved  hiring Julie Lingerfelt as the head of adult services to replace Becky Brewer, who is retiring Dec. 16. Lingerfelt is currently the assistant librarian at the Sapulpa (Oklahoma) Public Library and will start her new position Dec. 5.

The nominating committee presented a slate of officers for 2017 for approval at the December meeting: President Josh Bartley, vice president Kathy Ellis, secretary Susan Haskett, assistant secretary Sally Crouch and treasurer Mary Reed.

The board’s next meeting is at 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Seymour Library, 303 W. Second St.

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