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October 03. 2012 8:10PM

Council approves library’s plan to lease 10 laptops

DERRY — The Town Council’s decision to allow the Derry Public Library to lease 10 laptop computers will allow the library to reconfigure its existing computer lab.

In the most recent budget process, the council approved spending $3,000 per year over the next three years to purchase the laptops in that time frame.

Under the revised plan, the library will be able to lease the computers up front at a cost of $2,655 per year, according to Doug Rathburn, town IT director.

“The original intent was to purchase these laptops outright with an additional purchase each successive year for a total of 10 laptops,” said Rathburn. “After further review, the IT department feels that it would be in the best interest of the Derry Public Library to purchase all required laptops in the current fiscal year. A hardware refresh would then occur every three years going forward.”

The move to a lease program would put the library more in line with how the rest of the town handles its computer purchases, according to Rathburn.

Getting all the laptops in one shot will be a big boost for the library, said Elizabeth Ives, chairman of the library’s board of trustees.

“The present computer lab is 5 years old and is in the children’s room,” she said, severely limiting the number of adult programs the library can run out of the computer lab.

With laptop rather than desktop computers, Ives said the library can essentially operate a mobile computer lab in the building, with adult programs in the conference room, children’s programs in the children’s room, and even special genealogy programs in the library’s New Hampshire Room.

“This computer lab will fulfill many long-range objectives and tasks,” said Ives.

Having the 10 laptops operational this year will help meet many of the library’s needs without having to wait for the piecemeal yearly purchases, she added.

Town Administrator John Anderson noted that the laptops are for the library’s computer lab, and there will still be standalone computers for patron use throughout the library.

aswift@newstote.com


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