December 1, 2017

Dielectric Technology Grant for Raymond Library by Sheila Bourque

Dielectric, a local Raymond company was a pioneer in the broadcast age, with roots as far back as 1942. Their innovative drive has resulted in the products and technical support to meet every broadcaster’s needs, from low power to high power, whether TV, HD or FM. Dielectric has provided a $1500 technology for the Raymond Village Library to purchase new laptops. By upgrading its technology, today’s library is moving from a storehouse of books to a center of accessing knowledge, inspiring creativity, and supporting collaboration. 
As a first step, the library joined the Maine State Wi-Fi network and boosted its internet to reach speeds of up to 100mbs. Patrons can obtain a free Wi-Fi signal in the building, parking lot and Community Garden Gazebo Reading Room. The Board of Trustees next turned its attention to the public computers and discovered two were unreliable. Not having any laptops also made classes difficult.

The library has been working to address its technology infrastructure, so four public computers remain available and classes on topics such as using Gmail, Google Drive and the library download service can be offered. The technology grant allows the library to purchase 3 to 4 laptops that will serve as both public and class computers. Two laptops will be used to replace the failing desktops. 

The laptops will be connected to full size monitors and keyboards. When a class is scheduled, the laptops will be removed and added to the equipment for classes. This double duty moves the library forward in rebuilding its technology infrastructure. 

Raymond Village Library is grateful for Dielectric’s support. Free public access to technology is key to fulfilling the library’s mission. Books are still important, but delivering content and experiences to the community in new, different and exciting ways will allow patrons to “Open the Door and Discover the Possibilities.”

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