Originally published in MOREnetworking Vol. 2 No. 8, Jan. 2007
The Carrollton Public Library may serve a small town, but its offerings through technology are anything but.
According to Director Angee Germann, videoconferencing has allowed the Carrollton library to offer a variety of programs that would otherwise be unavailable to local citizens due to travel and cost requirements.
Programs have included a series of short courses designed for farm women, co-sponsored with MU Extension and other agencies; the Missouri Master Wildlife Program; and a session called “Missouri’s Complex Fence Laws,” which had 20 participants.
Carrollton also participated in the Missouri Summer Reading Program, hosting a visit with artist Russell Walks that was linked to other libraries through videoconferencing, as well as a pilot program with the St. Louis Zoo. Other programs include a Saturday morning videoconference with the Discovery Center in Springfield and a live webcast for area schools and law enforcement personnel called “Enhancing School Safety,” sponsored by the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) and the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
Library staff and board members have also benefited from videoconferencing capability. “We participate in conferences with the State Library when they conduct trustees’ workshops and legislative updates,” Germann said. “We also have conferenced with St.Charles City-County Library when we had questions about setting up a library foundation. It was most helpful and as a result of that, we have a library foundation.”
Videoconferencing equipment is funded through LSTA grants through the Missouri State Library.
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