Technology Technology All across the nation, people recognize that libraries change lives. During tough economic times, the public library is the place where people turn to access books, start or improve a business, research job opportunities and access computers and high-speed internet service.

A key goal of the District is to provide the best and most current information resources to our residents. In November 2009, a technology planning team surveyed the satisfaction of public and staff users with the Library District’s current computer resources and solicited ideas for ways to improve services. Based on those results the team is developing an ambitious technology plan for the District.

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www.PoudreLibraries.org

The main pages of the Library District website were viewed over 2.5 million times in 2009. The site was revised to reflect the District’s new name, logo, and branding style. On the website library users are able to locate and use information and materials relevant to their needs. The library website, digital library collection, and online public access catalog (PAC) allow online users to find information and materials such as databases, downloadable audio, video and e-books, digitized images and born-digital content, and have access to virtual reference in an easy and intuitive manner.

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Electronic Literacy Classes

In 2009 over 500 community members took one of the 50 free computer classes offered by the Poudre River Public Library District. These beginning computer classes promote and encourage information literacy. The classes cover computer basics, electronic communication, Internet searching, and Microsoft Office applications. These classes are taught in the Harmony Library computer lab.

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History Connection

Redesigned in 2009, the Fort Collins History Connection is an online collaboration between the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center and the Poudre River Public Library District, incorporating historical resources from the Library, the Museum artifact collection and the Fort Collins Local History Archive.

This website can be used to:

Research Collections – Dig deep into history with photographs, Museum artifacts, maps, books, and more.

View Online Exhibits – Explore historical places, people, and events with an assortment of online exhibits and information.

Link to Quick Facts – Jump right in to the past with a Fort Collins timeline and summaries of city and county history.

This interactive site is great for history buffs, research, and homework. Check it out at http://history.poudrelibraries.org. Use of the Local History website was up 29% in 2009, with 41,000 views of the home page.

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Online Resources

Library District patrons use the District website to place holds, pay fees, access Prospector materials, and use databases to access millions of full text magazine articles, genealogy records and a wide variety of other electronic resources.

In 2009 the number of searches of the library catalog was 2,065,900, up 9.3% over 2008.

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Social Networking

In mid-2009 the Poudre River Public Library District began communicating with the public via social networking web sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The number of page fans increases each day as followers gain valuable information about literature, movies, technology trends and random interesting facts. The Library District is also increasing its communications through video and other online means. As of December 31, 2009 the District has over 500 Facebook fans.

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Automated Self-Check Out

Patrons are enjoying the benefits of the new RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) service. After the implementation of the system in the fall of 2008, and the opening of Council Tree Library in 2009 the statistics show that over 77% of our patrons use this system. In 2009 the Library District also added the convenience of paying fees at the self check stations.

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