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Collaborative Technology Center

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Collaborative Technology Center
Published on: 4/30/2013 12:00 AM
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The Collaborative Technology Center (CTC) is an entirely grant-funded project adding an additional 2,000 square feet of space to the Madelyn Helling Library, which can be used by up to 70 people at one time.  Housing PCs, iMacs, and Dell notebooks for use in the public setting; classroom sets of iPads, Nook Colors, Kindle Fires, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2s, videography equipment; 2 Skype-enabled collaborative use study rooms; and 3-D printers, this new center will be a cornucopia of technology for our community at no cost to users. If you are interested in learning about 3-D printers you can sign up for an informational class and receive further training if you would like to use the printer on your own.
In addition to adding space and technology devices, the Library is also pleased to announce free computer, workforce development and recreational technology classes held in the instructional areas of the CTC.
• Beginning Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• How to create and use email
• How to find and apply for jobs online
• How to use an eReader, tablet or smartphone
• Docent-led workshops on 3-D printers
• Filming and editing videos
Check out our current class schedule!
 No monies for the CTC came from Nevada County's General Fund. Funding came from three different sources: 
  •  a recreation mitigation grant (AB1600 funds) that allows the Library to move the portables to the site and do  construction on them. The Library will provide RecTech (recreational technology) classes and opportunities.
  • a grant from CalWorks (through the Department of Social Services) that allows the Library to purchase furnishings and technology. The Library will provide employment-related programs and technology.
  •  The California State Library’s "Pitch a Grant" process. This grant gives us funds to purchase 2 3-D printers and 10 each of iPads, Kindle Fires, Nook Colors, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2s to use at each library location, as well as 5 for Madelyn Helling and a small class set for programs.
  •  Great links for digital literacy