Deepings Library Management Committee in discussions with county council over future computer provision

  Posted: 22.10.19 at 07:12 by The Editor

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Deepings Library Management Committee is already in discussions with Lincolnshire County Council over the community library's future computer provision.

As previously reported on Deepings Nub News, the county council has committed to providing three computers - two for public use and one for administration - when the local authority undertakes a county-wide revamp of library IT equipment.

Deepings Community Library currently has seven public-use and two staff counter computers.

The reduction is in line with the 'basic' provision for all community hubs, which will also include a printer, internet connection and public Wi-Fi.

However, the county council's head of culture Will Mason said the local authority 'will be speaking to each site to identify what additional equipment they might require and how this could be funded'.

The day-to-day management of the town's volunteer-run library falls to Deepings Library Management Committee, of which Coun Judy Stevens, Conservative South Kesteven District Councillor for Deeping St James, is chair.

And Coun Stevens confirmed that the committee is already in discussions with the county council.

"The Deepings Library is currently involved in a conversation with Lincolnshire County Council regarding the IT needs of the library which might vary from those of other community hub libraries," she said.

The public is invited to put forward their views by filling in an IT evaluation form - available at the library - which will inform the discussion on future provision.

In the meantime, the library is celebrating a £5,000 grant from the Persimmons Homes Building Future Award, designated to benefit library-users under 18 years old.

Louisa Crowson, library co-ordinator, said: "We intend using this money to make some practical additions to our junior library but, most importantly, a revamp of our teenage and junior study areas.

"At the moment our tweens and teens don't really have an area they can call their own but, with help from my Duke of Edinburgh students and in collaboration with the Deepings Youth Group, we hope to be able to provide a welcoming, safe area where older children can meet, chill and study.

"I will be asking a focus group of local teenagers what would they like to see it look like - what is important to them.

"We'll also be reviewing our book stocks to see if these can be updated in the new year."

Louisa would also like to see the introduction of regular clubs, aimed at 11 to 16 year olds, such as coding and online creative writing.

"It's a very exciting time for the library to be able to invest in our older children who tend to drift away from libraries. We intend to make Deepings Library too good to drift away from!," she added.

The number of computers for public use at Deepings Community Library is set to be slashed from seven to just two. The reduction - which will also ...