Wireless service upgrade coming

Feb. 06, 2014 @ 08:53 PM

Patrons of Perry Memorial Library will have better Internet service when improvements are completed.

At its quarterly meeting in January, approved by the Library Foundation Board of Directors voted to support an upgrade of the library’s wireless capacity.

Wayne Adcock, the chairman, called on Thomas Milan, information technology specialist for the library, to describe the needed improvements. Milan said the work will include refurbishing the local area network controller and wireless access points, disconnecting the old firewall, connecting a new firewall and testing the new configuration. The total cost of the upgrade will be an estimated $21,000.

“It will greatly increase our wireless capacity,” said Patti McAnally, interim director of the library. “There are dead spots. This will mean people can use more tablets in the stacks.”

Staff as well as library patrons will get better service from personal computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones wherever they are used in the library, she said.

The board voted to allocate $15,000 to the project. The balance of the cost will be paid out of the library’s budget.

In other business, board member Tonya Kilgore, a certified public accountant, was elected treasurer of the board.

Cynthia Walker, chairwoman of the Perry Library trustees, reported the search committee had received 10 applications for the library director’s position and was evaluating them to select candidates to interview. The director’s position has been vacant since the first of January, when Jay Stevens resigned to take another position.

McAnally reported exhibits from the Vance County Historical Society’s collection will be displayed in the library. Shelves in the adult reading area on the second floor have been moved to make space for the displays, she said.

Walker reported construction of the performing arts center is under way. It will be connected to the library by the lobby that has been known as McGregor Hall. When completed, McGregor Hall will be the name of the performing arts center.

The entire cultural and educational complex will be known as Breckenridge Commons. McGregor Hall, with capacity to hold 1,000, is expected to be the venue for local events as well as visiting musical and theatrical productions.

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