‘State-of-the-art’ ICT upgrades benefit four Carlow libraries

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Some four public libraries in Carlow have benefitted significantly from a technology investment to support local people to learn and develop digital skills, a Fine Gael MEP Candidate Andrew Doyle has said.

Last July funding of over €8 million was approved by Minister for Community and Rural Development, Michael Ring, to invest in technology for libraries around the country.

Since then over €78,216 was invested in state-of-the-art ICT upgrades for four public libraries in Carlow, including: Carlow Central, Tullow, Munebheag, and Borris.

Libraries in Carlow received the following equipment as a result of this funding:

ICT Equipment Quantity
Dell Latitude 13″ Laptops 29
iPad 9.7″ 6th Generation 11
Apple Pencil 11
Bouncepad secure enclosures for iPads 11
Samsung Flip + mobile stand 4
iMac 21″ 4K/3.4GHz/1TB Storage 3
iMac Secure Stand 21″ 8
MAMP Pro 5 software 8
UniCabby 20H 32 port tablet/laptop trolley with integrated cable management & charging facility 1
Amazon Fire HD 10 2
Boost+ charging station for 16 USB powered devices 1
Gaming Consoles – *HTC VIVE Virtual Reality Headsets 2
Large mobile LCD screen/interactive whiteboard with audio – Dell 55″ Interactive Touch 4K Monitor 1
Mobile stand for Dell 55″ Interactive Touchscreen Monitor 1
Logitech Group – video conferencing kit 1
OptiPlex 7060 Microform Factor PC (for 55″ Monitor) 1
Podcasting equipment and Workstation – Micophone with XLR Output/USB Audio Interface/Mixer/Pop Filter/Professional Headphones 1
MediaScape Integrated IT Work Space with Videoconferencing Totems 1
Hublet Dock for 6 Tablets 1
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 6
Total spend €78,216.00

MEP Candidate Andrew Doyle said: “It’s wonderful to see that the investment in our libraries that was approved last summer is bearing fruit for local library users in Carlow

“The new technology and facilities will enhance public libraries in Carlow and the new innovative services they provide.

“Our libraries are about much more than borrowing books. Increasingly, they serve as community hubs and as somewhere where people can learn and develop digital skills. We are transforming our libraries through investments like this and it’s great to see the impact it’s having.

“Fine Gael will continue looking at ways to support further investment in our library service. I would like to thank the library staff for their ongoing commitment, passion and enthusiasm and support to the public library service.”

Minister Michael Ring said: “The transformation of the digital services in libraries is another step towards realising the aims of the public library strategy Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities which was launched in 2018. The strategy focuses on removing barriers to access and improving accessibility for all.”

The European Union is pivotal to Ireland and it is vital for Ireland to remain in the heart of Europe. Ireland needs a strong and effective voice in Europe – Andrew Doyle is that voice.

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