Library computers at center of debate between Havelock, county

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 08:22 PM.

Garrison said what the library currently has is a mix of computers, almost all of which are second-hand units from various sources, that use different software. Some of the models go back to 1999, which is an eternity in the computer industry.

She said one of the two computers that the library uses as a card catalogue to look up books has died.

"I have three that were given to me by the college when they got rid of them. I have a couple that were given to me by a doctor’s office when they got rid of them. So we try to make do with them because all of my others had died," Garrison said. "The county has never outright bought computers for us. They come out of our budget, but mostly they have come from grants that we were able to get from the Gates Foundation. They have bought computers for us twice, but they are really not doing that anymore."

Garrison thanked the city for its efforts.

"The city has been so incredible in helping me come up with a solution," she said. "I feel that they really feel compassion for their citizens."

Garrison said students have complained about losing work when the failing computers freeze.

"They’ll be in the middle of a test and it just freezes. They lose what they’ve started. That’s happened so many times it just makes us sick," Garrison said. "Our software is old and not only do the college students and the high school students need Office 2010 in order to complete their assignments, a lot of your websites need updated software in order to access even the job sites or test sites."



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