Rappahannock regional libraries embrace technology, expand resource catalog

The Rappahannock Central Library has released its quarterly report, and according to the report, the agency’s technology readiness is bringing more users to the library.

To support this, the library recently received a grant from Transurban, the operators of the E-ZPass Express Lanes on Interstate 95, which will be used to provide WiFi access in the neighborhoods around the Howell and Salem library branches – Expand Church in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, respectively.

The library receives $ 5,500 through Transurban’s Express Lane Community Grant Program. The grant falls under the community category of project guidelines that would support applications that support the health, economic development, or welfare of communities within the I-95 and I-495 corridors.

Transurban is currently partnering with the Virginia Department of Transportation on the Express Lane Expansion Project, which will expand the express lanes closer to Fredericksburg and extend them from Route 610 south to Route 17.

The report also highlights the expansion of the library’s online training platforms following the move to the library from LinkedIn learning for their video-based online offers. As a result, library users have thousands of additional online courses available in seven different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese.

By switching to the eMagazine application Overdrive, the library was also able to expand its range of magazines. The transition enables access to more than 3,000 journals in several different languages from the previous physical collection of fewer than 200 journals on offer.

The library is also continuing its IdeaSpace program; the library has been distributing media technology devices since March Room of ideas for those who want to learn how to use and operate items such as camcorders, audio equipment, digital drawing tablets, lighting and other media-related accessories.

IdeaSpace is currently located at 1616 Princess Anne Street in downtown Fredericksburg.