NCompass Live: Linux Laptops for Libraries

NCompass live smallJoin us for next week’s NCompass Live, “Linux Laptops for Libraries”, on Wednesday, May 11, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

Public libraries provide computers for public use that are affordable, easy for patrons to use and staff to maintain, and able to protect patron information while still providing use statistics for reporting purposes. With an increasing number of patrons bringing in their own devices or needing a work surface to use without a computer, work surfaces are at a premium. To address all of these issues, the Millis (MA) Public Library recently purchased and configured entry-level laptops running Ubuntu for use in the library. These machines are affordable, easy to use, easy to configure to protect patron information and provide usage statistics, and flexible—they can be used anywhere in the building, allowing the library to make the best possible use of its limited space. Get an overview of the benefits of this program and a guide for trying Ubuntu at your own library.

Presenter: Alex Lent, Library Director, Millis (MA) Public Library.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • May 18 – University of Nebraska Press Collection at the Nebraska Library Commission
  • May 25 – Creating a Blended Learning Space in Your Library
  • June 8 – Why Use Google Books?
  • June 29 – Innovating Access to Information with Libraries Without Borders

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

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