In a world of Google and Amazon, libraries rethink their role

More information is available online than ever. Libraries are stepping in to make sure everyone can access it.

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Not everyone has access to tech resources many take for granted, including laptops and an internet connection. That’s where libraries can help.
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One night a few years ago, Tony Marx was closing up a Bronx library when he noticed a kid sitting on the steps. The boy was pecking away on the oldest laptop Marx had ever seen. Puzzled, Marx asked him what he was doing.

The boy told Marx he was doing his math homework. The assignment was online and the boy’s family couldn’t afford broadband at home. So the youngster camped out on the library stoop to pick up its leaked signal.

“Holy moly,” Marx, the president and CEO of the New York Public Library, remembers thinking. “‘In the information capital of the world, this kid can’t do the math homework we want him to do to succeed.'”

Since then, the NYPL has rolled out a host of services aimed at closing the digital divide, which is exactly what it sounds like: the gap between those who can easily get online and those who can’t.

Read the whole article by Abrar Al-Heeti on cnet.com.

Looking to find a few new branches on the family tree?

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Moline Library computers have access to Ancestry.com for Libraries, so feel free to come upstairs and put what you’ve learned into practice.

Learn (Where to Find) Your Library Resources – The List

The library is a great place.

I know, of course I would say that, I work there, but that doesn’t make it less true. Public libraries are, generally speaking, welcoming places filled with helpful people that are their solely to serve their respective community. They do this by providing their community with quality services, resources and information (it is literally in our mission statement).

‘Fine, but what about when the library is closed?’ I’m glad I pretended you asked that.

Even when we are closed you have access to numerous online resources provided by the library through our website. Some on the resources will require a Moline Library card number to sign in, but you can access all of them for free, 24/7. Just look for “Online Resources” under the “Find It” tab on our website.

Find It

From there you can view all the available resources sorted into helpful categories,

By Category

or as one big list.

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Whichever way you prefer to look at them, we hope that you will start putting them to good use today. As always, if you have any questions about anything we offer feel free to stop by the library and ask, or you can call us at (309) 524-2440.

Find out where your from at the library.

Or, at least, get a reasonable idea of how to start the process of finding out where you are from at the library.

Ancestry Basics

TODAY IS WORLD BACK UP DAY!

Do you know where your data is?

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Just a friendly reminder, whether you are using the public computers at the Moline Public Library or your home computer (or any other computer or digital device for that matter), back up your work and important files. Things go wrong, and you don’t want to lose that new resume that you just spent 2 hours on because of a power surge (or because someone accidentally kicked a cord and unplugged your computer), so save your work and save it often. Trust us, it is a good habit to have and you’ll be happier for it in the long run.