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Roseville libraries get iPad donation

Maidu Museum also recipient of two iPads from PowerON Services, Inc.
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Roseville's public libraries recently got an upgrade - and it's a digital one.

Local business PowerON Services, Inc. donated six iPads to the city's three libraries and two to the Maidu Museum and Historic Site on Aug. 3.

PowerON recycles and refurbishes electronics, and sells new and used equipment. This isn't the first time the company has donated technology to recipients in the local community, where it's operated for the past 18 years.

"It's the right thing to do," said CEO Brent Kelley.

The iPads will allow library staff to better serve customers, said City Librarian Natasha Casteel. Staff will be able to get out from behind their desks to interact with customers, help locate books on the shelves, put items on hold or demonstrate the process for downloading iBooks.

The new equipment assists with the libraries' mission to become more digitally advanced, Casteel said.

The recently formed nonprofit Roseville Library Foundation has made mobile technology a funding priority and plans to donate iPads, Nooks and Kindles to the libraries in October.

The California State Library recently invited all public libraries throughout the state to be test facilities for lending Google Chromebooks, said Jamie Finley, with the city of Roseville. These are new, fast and light laptop computers. Roseville was accepted as a test library, and these Chromebooks will be available for customer check-out beginning in September.

The two iPads donated to the Maidu Museum will be used by docents to enhance the tour experience, said museum Supervisor Mark Murphy. They'll be able to show photographs and short videos while walking with guests through the historic site.

Murphy said budgetary issues prevent the museum from purchasing their own iPads, which is what makes this donation so important.

"This wouldn't have happened for awhile (otherwise)," he said.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.