A poll undertaken by library software company, Lorensbergs, finds that over 70% of UK library authorities had restored public PC access to users by early September. This access has been relied upon by jobseekers, benefit claimants and many others for digital and social inclusion.
As libraries pause many services in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the latest public library survey results from Lorensbergs serve as an important reminder of the essential and enduring role libraries perform in the digital space.
Almost half of public libraries saw increasing numbers of customers request help with digital skills last year. This is a key finding of Lorensbergs’ annual public library survey which highlights the vital role played by libraries in supporting digital inclusion and individual wellbeing.
Connect2 equipment booking software is supporting achievement of learning outcomes in broadcast engineering and production degrees, at a time when more graduates are needed to fill an industry skills gap. New functionality in connect2 helps students borrow more comprehensive kit lists of equipment for projects from university lending schemes via a simple checkout and return process. The improved access helps build familiarity with using industry-standard equipment – an important requirement for beginning broadcasting careers.
The national story continues: twelve new case studies underline importance of public library computers
Twelve case studies evidencing the continuing importance of public access computers in UK libraries have been published in a new book ‘More Short Stories from the People’s Network’. The stories have been compiled for publication by library software provider, Lorensbergs, and supported by CILIP, the UK’s library and information association. The book launches at the CILIP annual conference in Brighton this week.
A new pre-checkout workflow feature launching this summer in the connect2 media booking solution gives added support to technicians preparing kit for film shoots and video productions. In an academic environment, it allows technicians to prepare bookings in advance of students arriving to collect them, which can often amount to 50+ items at a time. It will be showcased for the first time at the BVE media show.
A new book highlighting the importance of the People’s Network – the national network of free internet-connected computers in public libraries – will be officially launched at the CILIP conference in Manchester. Detailing the experiences of library staff and users in ten Local Authorities, Short Stories from the People’s Network demonstrates how computers in libraries continue to offer their communities a lifeline for many critical tasks that can now only be achieved with internet access.
Developments in leading PC booking solution, netloan, support new library management models evolving from funding challenges. Enhancements in the netloan software facilitate computer and printing services management by both regular staff and volunteer workers.
The ability to build tight business cases to support new kit investments will be massively supported as new analytical displays go live this year in connect2. The new developments in the online inventory management system – to be revealed at this month’s BVE media tech and entertainment expo – are making child’s play out of understanding resource usage patterns and demand.
Technology innovation is key for attracting universities’ investment in classroom technology, AV and media equipment. Together with faculty demands, the availability of cutting edge resources takes highest priority when deciding where to invest funds. These were the top findings from research carried out by Lorensbergs at the SCHOMS 2016 annual conference...
Lorensbergs is pleased to announce support for Windows 10 in its leading PC booking and session management software, netloan. This enables libraries to offer the latest operating system on their People’s Network of computers, updating one of their most popular and relied on resources...
Staff at the new library in Stafford offered customers a new wireless printing service when they opened their doors for the first time on Wednesday. The netloan Wi-Fi print self-service facility from Lorensbergs makes it possible for library users to print from their mobiles, laptops and tablets while visiting the library. The demand for such a service follows the steep rise in smartphone and tablet use for accessing the internet and the subsequent need to print out documents and images from these devices.
Lorensbergs, the leading library software provider, has launched a new wireless printing solution for public libraries. Netloan Wi-Fi print provides library users with the ability to print wirelessly from their mobiles, tablets and laptops, including Apple, Android and Windows devices.
Lorensbergs, provider of leading library software netloan, has released a whitepaper exploring the status of People’s Network PCs and plans for Wi-Fi and wireless printing in libraries.
For academic libraries, netloan PC booking supports a productive learning environment, with the netloan queue module distributing users evenly throughout the building. This recent enhancement ensures that students are better supported in remaining on task, by reducing the likelihood of groups forming around PC usage within the LRC.
Lorensbergs is delighted to announce the launch of a new booking facility for East Dunbartonshire Council customers, to support the online reservation of community resources in schools, community centres, halls and enterprise centres.
Listening to customers as they express their needs and describe their experiences is so important, and here at lorensbergs we’ve been doing lots of it! In this latest edition of lorensbergs news, we share our customers' stories on how they’ve reached better service standards for all concerned
netloan PC booking solution is increasing support for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) as more libraries consider the benefits of deploying their People’s Network of public PCs using a VDI environment.
Philippa Bryant, Head of Market Research at Lorensbergs, spoke to University Business about how improving access to resources through online booking empowers students to get more from their institutions
Progressive library services in the UK are beginning their move to Windows 8 with lorensbergs’ netloan PC booking solution providing PC session control on this new platform.
Here’s the second instalment of our Top Tips for achieving best practice in your store or media centre. Do these tips resonate with you? Do any surprise you? What have you already implemented? What is your next opportunity for improvement? We look forward to your feedback!
Now that the summer has arrived, it’s a great time to reflect on what could make your life easier and the student experience better for the next academic year. Equipment and media stores often need to operate with stretched staff and short opening hours, but there are lots of ways to alleviate the stress and make operations run more smoothly.
This Spring/Summer edition keeps you in touch with the latest product functionality, exploring how technology in online booking has been an enabler for better models of customer engagement, while dramatically improving accessibility of an organisation's resources and services.
New reporting functionality in lorensbergs’ market leading PC booking and session management solution, netloan, allows libraries to better manage accessibility of PCs for their users.
Public libraries predict significant increases in demands on staff time and public access computers following Universal Credit roll out, according to new findings from lorensbergs, the market leader in PC booking and session management software.
Developments in connect2 room booking software saves time for both council staff and visitors, due to new booking and digital display capabilities.