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Grant provides video conferencing

GRANDVIEW - If you or your organization is in need of video conferencing for training or educational purposes or any other reason, the Bleyhl Community Library recently received a Washington State Library grant that can help.

Twenty library systems applied for the Washington State Library grant. Four libraries in the state were approved for this grant, which allows the libraries to have video conferencing equipment implemented in their facilities.

According to Grandview Librarian Linda Bingham, the grant was given to the library on the basis of the likelihood of their being able to work with other organizations in the Lower Valley community. "We are centrally located," she said.

Currently, the library is looking to partner with YVCC in order to allow a video conferencing training class to utilize the equipment and facilities. "Last year, they had to turn people away because their class was full and they didn't have enough equipment," Bingham said of YVCC.

She said the monitor included with the equipment is a 32 inch monitor and there is a question as to whether another monitor will be provided.

Currently, the equipment is in the process of being put together. There are still two parts that have yet to arrive at the library. However, in addition to the equipment the required T1 bandwidth that is necessary for the equipment will be underwritten in the grant. "We currently have a quarter of the T1 bandwidth," Bingham commented.

She said the library reports to Dennis Small of K-20 Education Network.

She said the library must have three programs per year in order to keep the video conferencing equipment, and she is hoping that will be possible since she felt this would be good for the community. "The closest facilities with this equipment, that I know of, are in the Tri-Cities or Yakima. YVCC has the equipment, but it is not for public use," Bingham added.

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