Leaders blame funding dispute on miscommunication

Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 04:44 PM.

"All the public-use computers need replacing," she said. "It’s the computer industry. We can’t keep up with it."

Only seven of the 12 public-use computers at the Havelock library are working, and patrons say those are slow and in some cases freeze up during online sessions, making it difficult for students to take tests and for residents to apply for jobs.

"That’s pretty much the way it is throughout our regional libraries," Simpson said.

The Havelock library computers have come from different sources over the years and have different software. Simpson said getting new computers with the latest Windows 8 software for the entire library system was too expensive.

The Linux system, which uses a main server to which computers would connect, would be less expensive.

"We’ve been talking to a company who is willing to give us a really good price on computers that do not have the Windows environment," Simpson said. "We’ve been trying to get our ducks in a row. If we can get all 10 libraries to be able to join in this, we can get computers with the software at an incredible price.

"We’ve talked to the county IT guy. We’ve talked to the Havelock IT guys and a couple of other really smart IT persons, and they all say that this is a good deal and that this is a good product."

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