Monthly Archives: April 2014

Special Meeting Agenda

18 April 2014

Broadwater Public Library

251 North Starr

Broadwater, NE 69125

Notice is hereby given, that a special meeting of the Library Board of Broadwater, Nebraska will be held at 1:00 pm. on Monday, April 22,2014 at the Broadwater Public Library251 North Starr Street which wil be open to the public. An agenda for such meeting, kept continuously current, is available for pubic inspection in the office of the Broadwater Librarian at the Broadwater Public Library. Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be enlarged. Note: Agenda posted may be altered prior to the required twenty-four hours, please check with the Library for changes to the agenda.

Posted 4/18/2014

Sue O. Nussbaum

Agenda

L Cal to Order

  1. Roll Call

  2. Watch and participate in Webinar.

  3. Discuss Webinar

  4. Adjournment

April Meeting Agenda

18 April 2014

 

251 North Starr Broadwater, NE 69125

Notice is hereby given, that a meeting of the Library Board of Broadwater, Nebraska will be held at 7300 run. on Monday, April 21,2014 at the Broadwater Village Office building 251 North Starr Street which w9 be open to the public. An agenda for such meeting, kept continuously current, is available for pubic inspection in the office of the Broadwater Librarian at the Broadwater Public Library. Except for terns of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be enlarged later than twenty-four hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting. Note: Agenda posted may be altered prior to the required twenty-four hours, please check with the Library for changes to the agenda.

Posted 4/16/2014

Sue O. Nussbaum

Agenda

L Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of last meetings minutes

IV.. Citizen’s Business

  1. Financial Report (a) Monthly Financial Report (b) Expenditures (c) Bills to be presented

  2. Librarians Report

  3. Open Issues – New Programs? Poiky Manuals

  4. New Business (a) Filtering Router (b) Webinar Meeting Apri 22,2014 at 1:00 p.m. (c) Vanishing Dreams book (d) Nights in Rodanthe book group (e) New Book Shelves (f) Painting of yellow equipment? (g) Discuss Chapter 8

  5. Adjournment

 

New Operating System on Patron computers

8 April 2014

With the end-of-support for WindowsXP, we were left with a decision: To replace the computers so they would run Windows 7 or 8, purchase ongoing support for Windows. Upgrading the computers so they would run Windows 7 or 8 would be even more expensive than buying new ones. Continue running WindowsXP, knowing that vulnerabilities and exploits will be found in the operating system, which criminals can use to misuse our internet connection and patron information.

Another option was to go with a different, free, Open Source operating system, with support. We decided to try that first, as it is a free option. If it didn’t work, we could return to one of the more expensive options. We selected the Cinnamon version of Linux Mint, which is the easiest to use.

I put it on one computer for the uses that most patrons have for a computer – accessing the internet, along with some educational software, games, as well as compatible programs for word processors, spreadsheets, presentation software. I encouraged as many patrons as possible to try out the new software. People loved it and said that it worked as well – or sometimes commented that it was noticeably faster or worked better than WindowsXP. They said that the look and feel of the desktop and menus was different, but it was easy to use. A child who tried it no longer wanted to check out a movie, but rather play the educational games then go to the park. One of the more interesting “games” allows you to explore the known solar system! It’s not win-or-lose, but just interesting if you like astronomy.

I have Linux on all of the desktop computers used by patrons. The laptop, running Windows Vista is still supported under Vista by Microsoft, so there are no plans to change that at the present time.

Come in to look at this new operating system and try it, as well as the other games and software available.

If you really need to use Windows, that is available too. Vista is still runnning on the laptop, and we can still access all of WindowsXP on the desktop computers.