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Library donates outdated computers to MCI-Shirley program

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SHIRLEY — Unused computer equipment from the Hazen Memorial Library has been donated to the Massachusetts Correctional Institute — Shirley (MCI-Shirley) for use in a program at the facility that provides refurbished computers to communities in need.

The town is beginning to work in partnership with MCI-Shirley in what Technology Advisory Board Chairman Richard Dill calls the technology recycling business.

Since Cathode Ray Tubes are considered hazardous waste, Dill said he will take the retired equipment that has been in storage at the library at no cost.

On a related note, Dill said the town has budgeted to replace a certain number of computers every year.

Fourteen new computers will be purchased and distributed throughout town departments this spring. Some of the computers that are replaced will be handed down to other departments.

Dill said he plans to allocate five units to replace the five oldest computers in use at the library.

He also hopes to improve the speed of the computer network at the library by providing additional network drops. He said the network is slow because there are too many connection switches in use.

For better security, Dill hopes to separate the patron computers from the administrative computers so they are not operating on the same subnet.

In other business, the children’s program at the library has been going very well, said Library Director Debra Roy.

Wiggles and Giggles Wednesday has been a good program, she said. Many nonresidents have attended.

”We are becoming a very popular library,” she said.

Part of how the library is assessed for state aid is based on non-resident services rendered.

”Every time they come here we get money,” said Roy.

However, if Devens becomes a town, Roy said, “The state will tell us we can’t lend to them anymore because they can’t reciprocate.”

”Deb has done a great deal to benefit the town,” said Chairperson Eileen Garcia-Smith.

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