Libraries struggle to stay high-tech

Gary Price shares with us an article about the cost of maintaining “free” computers in libraries with hemorrhaging budgets.

“Like libraries across the country, Hartford got its computers for free, through grants. But experts are worried that U.S. libraries — especially smaller ones with nickel-thin budgets — will have a hard time paying for software upgrades and hardware replacements that are needed every few years.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other organizations recently released a report warning about the potential loss of computer service. Although budget cuts have hurt libraries of all sizes, the smallest ones, in places like Hartford, are most at risk, the report cautioned.”