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Delco Times Article by Danielle Lynch – County OKs telecommunications system for libraries.


MEDIA — Delaware County Council approved a three-year agreement that calls for the implementation of a new telecommunication system at 11 of the county libraries.

County Executive Director Marianne Grace said the county has supplied all the libraries in Delco with Internet access and computers.

Of the 28 library facilities, 17 currently use fiber optic cables through an agreement between the county and the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, according to Grace.

The remaining 11 libraries currently have Internet access through another provider.

The county has decided to contract with Line Systems Inc. of West Chester because it’s cheaper and will provide faster Internet speed, according to Grace.

David Belanger, director of the countywide library system, said this new service will cost about $150 less a month.

Council approved the agreement during a meeting last Wednesday night.

The estimated monthly cost is about $8,000 and will be funded through county and state money along with the federal E-rate Program. The E-rate Program will provide a 65 percent discount toward the costs, according to Belanger.

Belanger said the 11 libraries include the ones in Collingdale, Darby, Folcroft, Glenolden, Norwood, Prospect Park, Ridley Park, Sharon Hill, Tinicum, the Upper Darby Primos branch and the Mary M. Campbell Library in Marcus Hook.

This new telecommunications system will be more effective because the use of computers in libraries has increased dramatically every year — especially in the past few years — with more people conducting online job searches, according to Belanger.

He said that if people don’t have computers at their homes, they often use the computers at local public libraries to fill out online job applications.

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