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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:09 PM

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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DELPHOS — Delphos Public Library Director Kelly Rist announced library personnel have the facility ready to become the newest training site for DigitalWorks, an initiative of Connected Nation, Inc., the parent organization of Connect Ohio.

The DigitalWorks training program includes five gates: recruitment, screening, training, placement and mentoring and focuses on customer service representatives and computer programming. Students will complete 144 hours of training at their own pace with three milestones: 20 hours of basic computer skills; 20 hours of English and grammar skills; and 104 hours of customer service skills. It is funded by federal and state grants as well as private donations.

Trustees approved the contract with Connect Ohio in October and will offer the library’s assembly room just inside the east doors. The contract also has a 30-day out clause for both parties.

“They will be inside the library and only here when the library is open,” Rist said. “I don’t think this will be a problem for them. They seemed willing to work with whatever we could give them.”

Jeff Beebe, a Connect Ohio representative, gave a presentation to the library board of trustees in September and outlined what the program would need, including 12-15 work stations, 1,500-2,400 square feet and high-speed Internet.

Beebe assured the trustees background checks are done on all participants and a program facilitator would be on-hand whenever anyone was in the building.

“We would hire a facilitator for the program and every applicant is checked thoroughly,” he said. “We want to provide affordable and customizable high-skilled training programs to meet the needs of our corporate partners.”

Rist looks for the training site to be ready by the end of the month. Sites are already established in Zanesville, Portsmouth and Logan. DigitalWorks is looking for a total of 10-12 in Ohio.

Office space located in the original portion of the library has been refurbished to accommodate programming so the assembly room is free for DigitalWorks.

“That section of the library wasn’t really being used and it should be open to the patrons,” Rist said. “With reconfiguring some furniture and a carpet cleaning, it’s ready to go.”

Work will begin on the library’s leaky foundation on Friday.

The leak is in the southwest corner of the boiler room in the basement and in close proximity to a gas line and where the power comes into the building. The Library Board of Trustees approved an estimate of $2,586 for the repair from Trisco Systems, Inc. of Lima at the October meeting.

Rist also talked about the library’s Food for Fines program. Patrons can bring in non-perishable food items to pay off currently existing fines Nov. 25 through Dec. 28. The items will be given to the Delphos Community Christmas Project and Interfaith Thrift Store for distribution.

She also announced Nov. 20 as the next Tech Drop-in Night. Anyone with a Kindle, Nook, tablet or eReader can bring their devices in and have one-on-one assistance on how to use it from 6:30-8 p.m.

Jane Rutledge’s name will be submitted to the Delphos City Schools Board of Education for approval of reappointment to as trustee. Rutledge is currently the secretary.

Rist is waiting on news back from the Dienstberger Foundation on a $14,000 grant for several projects.

The library is in the process of designing a teen area with the input of more than a dozen local middle and high school students. The effort is in hopes of growing services for teen library patrons, including space, programming and circulation.

The area will be located in the basement activity room and include room for watching DVDs and playing video and board games. The majority of the cost ($3,500) will be for furnishings, including a table and chairs, gaming chairs, an area rug and game system and games.

The second item on the grant list is an AWE early learning station computer for the children’s area. The computer, geared for ages 2-8, is self-contained with no Internet connection required, plug in and go with more than 60 fun and educational software programs. It can be operated with the keyboard, touch screen or stylus. The system costs $3,100 and a new desk and chair will be needed.

The final item on the list is a generator to keep the library’s heating and cooling systems running as well as some lighting. The availability of the alternative power source will make the library a safe area in the event of a widespread power outage. The generator is $6,500 installed.

Rist also reported about half of the library’s yearbook collection has been digitized and she expects the entire collection to be finished within three months.

 

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