Library computer room to open Sundays
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 12:39

Computers are used for longterm projects

by Nicole Rodman

    For young and old across the area, the North Point Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library is a hub of information and resources.
    No longer just a space for books, today the North Point library boasts a number of amenities, including dozens of computers available for public use.
    The library has had computers available for many years, though until 2007 all of them were designated for general use.
    This meant that, while some were using the computers for short-term activities such as e-mail or social networking, others would spend hours working on term papers or other long projects.
    According to Steve Hargrove, assistant manager of the North Point Branch, this situation quickly grew out of hand, with long lines  and people waiting hours to use a computer.

    In order to free up the computers on the main floor for short-term use, library staff decided to open a new computer room especially for long-term projects.
    Today, the library’s computer room boasts 20 computers, an LCD projector and a pull-down projector screen.
    The room is available for users of all ages to work on any type of long-term projects.
    According to Hargrove, most people use the room for term papers, school projects, take-home exams, genealogical research, job searches and resumé-building.
    Computers in the room may not be used for shorter activities such as social networking or games.
    Beginning on Sunday, Oct. 7, the library’s computer room will expand its hours.
     Previously open two days a week — Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., and Satursdays from 1 :30 to 4:30 p.m. — the room will now be open on Sundays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. as well.
    Users wishing to take advantage of the computer room during public hours must sign-in with a library card in good standing.
    While some assistance is available from library personnel in the computer room, staff members are unable to sit for long periods with inexperienced users.
    In addition, the computer room may be reserved for private use by school or community groups working on long-term projects.
    According to Hargrove, a number of area schools and Scout troops visit the room each week, working on group projects, papers and Scouting badges.
    The room’s LCD projector, connected to a nearby computer, allows teachers and Scout leaders to demonstrate proper computer use to their students.
    Groups interested in reserving the computer room should contact or visit the library to schedule a date and time.
    For those interested in using the computer room for job hunting and resumé-building, a volunteer will be holding periodic sessions to assist users.
    Specialized job-hunting and resumé assistance will be available in the computer room at the North Point library on the following dates: Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    For more information on the computer room, or other resources at the North Point library, visit the web at www.bcplonline.org/branches/branch_no.html, call 410-887-7255 or visit the library.