USD library receives National LTA grant

USD library receives National LTA grant The I.D. Weeks Library at The University of South Dakota was recently awarded the Library Technology Access (LTA) initiative grant. I.D. Weeks is one of two academic libraries in the United States to receive the LTA initiative grant.

LTA is a strategic initiative developed from a relationship between Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (a division of ALA) to provide public and academic libraries a solution in offering accessible computer workstations to patrons with disabilities.

LTA offered six award packages � four to public libraries and two to academic libraries-as a pilot project for this grant initiative. Grant initiatives were also awarded to Cleveland Public Library, Milwaukee Public Library, Johnson County Public Library (Kansas), San Diego Public Library, and Arizona State University.

The LTA initiative grant award includes ergonomic furniture, a Compaq Evo PC, an HP ScanJet scanner and HP LaserJet printer, Microsoft¨ Office software and a wide array of technology products which will aid in "leveling the playing field" of library use and research for patrons with disabilities.

These workstations are designed to address specific needs by our patrons with visual, hearing, mobility, or learning disabilities. The LTA computer workstations will be available in the library on the first floor reference area in the near future.

Explaining the impact of the first round of LTA grant initiatives Jim Weynard, vice president and general manager for HP Public Sector Organization said, "The Library Technology Access program demonstrates the power of public-private partnerships that increase the access to technology for persons with disabilities."

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