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Library adds two new computer programs for patrons

— In order to provide fair computer use for everyone, the Cazenovia Public Library has added two new computer programs called CASSIE and SPOT that will manage computer use by its patrons.

The CASSIE program applies to the use of the library’s desktop computers. Instead of a sign-in sheet at the desk, patrons will now sign-in at the computer using their 13-digit patron ID.

An hour will be allotted for each patron with another hour available in 15-minute increments if no one else is waiting for the computer. Patrons may also sign off after their initial hour and later enter their ID number again for another uninterrupted hour. The maximum computer use for any patron, therefore, is 2 hours in any 24-hour period.

CASSIE has some helpful features that users will enjoy including the little clock on the screen that will help them monitor their time. Also, users will be able to lock their computer screen if they take a short break with no concern about their privacy as only their patron ID will unlock the screen. Another appealing feature is the “wait list.” If all of the computers are in use, the desk staff will keep a “wait list” and assign computers to patrons as they become available.

The SPOT program monitors the use of the library’s wireless connection. In the past, no sign-in was required, but patrons will now be asked to use their13-digit patron ID to sign-in on laptops. After 4 hours, they will be asked to login again, but there is no restriction on the total number of hours that patrons can use the library’s wireless connection.

If patrons do not have their library card with them, the desk staff will gladly look up their patron ID number for them. Guest passes will also be available for those who do not have a library card or who are visiting from out-of-town.

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