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Internet-based university donates computer station to library

January 11, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Since it moved to Charles Town in 2003, the Internet-based American Public University System has been getting to know its new community and lending its high-tech expertise to local institutions.

The university has donated computers to Wright Denny Intermediate School and Page Jackson Elementary School, and now has turned its attention to the Charles Town Library.

The library at 200 E. Washington St., which is not funded by taxpayer dollars, has wanted to expand its use by patrons, so American Public University System officials decided to donate a new computer station to the library at a cost of about $12,000.

The new Internet Station features six flat-screen Dell computers and furniture for the library's Internet service area.

"They are neat machines. Fast," said Fred Stielow, director of library services for the American Public University System.

The Internet station was installed before Christmas and the library held a dedication ceremony Wednesday to show the public the addition.

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Before the university set up the new station, the library had four computers for the public. Two computers were used for Internet access and two were used to search the library's book collection, said Mary Jo Carpenter, the library's systems manager.

Some of the older computers will allow the library to set up "stand-alone" computer stations in the library to peruse the library's book collection, Carpenter said.

"It's important that our community - like our students - has access to knowledge," says Wallace E. Boston Jr., president and chief executive officer of the American Public University System.

American Public University System offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs, and school officials say they offer some of the nation's best programs in homeland security, intelligence, national security, and emergency and disaster management.

The university's operations are spread throughout several buildings downtown, including the former Knott Nursing Home on Congress Street and a former magistrate court building at the intersection of George and Congress streets.

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