Valdosta Daily Times

January 28, 2014

Library receives a computer upgrade

Matthew Woody
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta-Lowndes County Library has upgraded its main computer lab with 19 new computers.

These computers replaced 19 outdated desktops that were purchased in 2002 and had an Intel Pentium 4 processor, which was released in November 2000, sluggish 512 megabyte of Random Access Memory, the soon to be unsupported operating system Windows XP, and the 2003 version of Microsoft Office.

The old computers were displayed on 16-inch CRT monitors; these monitors generated heat and were not energy efficient.

The new computers utilize speedy i5 processors, RAM from 512 MB to 4 GB, they operate on Windows 7, and have Microsoft Office 2010 and Google Chrome. The new computers are also connected to 22-inch, widescreen, energy-efficient, flat-screen monitors.

These computer upgrades were needed because of the extreme usage of the library’s computers.

Sean Strickland, South Georgia Regional Library systems administrator, said that the main library branch averages 6,000 computer sessions a month on its 35 patron computers.

The upgraded computers will provide huge benefits to library patrons who use the computers.

“The benefits are limitless. These computers are ten-fold faster than the older ones, they consume less electricity and give off less heat, and have wide screen monitors for easy viewing,” Strickland said. “The library needed new computers to be able to offer software like Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013, and to allow much speedier access to the Internet.”

The older computers are going to be repurposed into PINES card catalog machines for browsing the library collections, Strickland said, while the broken computers will be recycled.

South Georgia Regional Library received a grant from the state to purchase these computers and plan to upgrade the rest of its computers with SPLOST VII funding.

SPLOST VII funds will also be utilized to repair the outdated HVAC equipment, a leaking roof, and many other general repairs that are needed to the building at 300 Woodrow Wilson Drive, but the library has not put a timeline on these repairs. Valdosta-Lowndes County Library is one of the South Georgia Regional Library’s branches.