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December 30th, 2010 by Admin

Welcome to the partial list of project pages for the UIUC engagement with the Centreville Public Library in Centreville, IL.  For their official website, please visit

June Communication

June 5th, 2008 by Admin

I called Bruce Gates at the Lewis and Clark Library System, who gave me permission to completely reconfigure the machine that was in question. He also walked me through downloading Innovative Millennium, which is a library cataloging system. Please see the “Documentation for Valerie and Joseph” page for extensive instructions.

June Communication

June 3rd, 2008 by Admin

I called the Lewis and Clark Library System to see if we could get permission to work on the one computer that Joseph¬† said we couldn’t reconfigure. They said for me to call back either Wednesday or Thursday and to ask for their tech person, Bruce Gates.

I also called Valerie, and she said that she’s been having problems with some of the machines. I asked her to keep detailed notes so that we could work with her when we came on Thursday. I asked her how the library board meeting went, and she said that the only thing she got permission for was to treat us to lunch this weekend. She did not get permission to get headphones, mice, or mouse pads. I told her we would see what we could do about getting her extra mice.

Letter to Library Board of Directors for their Monday (6/2/2008) meeting: Written 5/31/2008

June 2nd, 2008 by Admin

Library Board of the City of Centreville

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
Recommendations for the Computer Lab in Centreville Library

Dear Library Board,

On behalf of Valerie and the Centreville Library we would like to offer reccommendations for improvements in the computer lab at the library. We are students from the University of Illinois enrolled in a class about networking computers, and we have appreciated the opportunity to put our classroom knowledge into practice in the Centreville Library. In the course of two weekends we have spent over twenty hours assessing and upgrading the exisiting computers in Centreville Library, and we plan on returning for one more weekend to complete our work.

At this point, we have installed several new CD burners, and thus we suggest that you begin purchasing blank CDs for use in the library. The intention for the CD burners and blank CDs is to burn open source software, which patrons can then take home and install on their home computers.

In addition, based on our work in the computer lab and through discussion with Valerie, we have identified other key items which could be purchased to greatly improve the usability of the library. We reccommend purchasing:

4-5 headphones
4 mice
4 mouse pads

These devices are a necessary investment for a public library. Headphones are needed to ensure privacy for the patrons if they need to listen to something in a public space. New mice that scroll properly are integral to patron use and comfortablility, and mouse pads ensure longevity of the actual mouse.

We also looked at the Centreville Library’s website ( and found that the information is from 2003. It would be great if the website could be updated to include the current hours, staff, and board of directors. The site is maintained by the Lewis & Clark Library System, and perhaps you could contact them to see how to go about getting the website up to date. The person to contact at Lewis & Clark is Leslie Bednar.

Finally, we ask for permission to reconfigure computer 0016342643. This is a computer donated by the Lewis & Clark Library System, and we would like to have approval before reinstalling the operating system in order to rid the computer of viruses that are slowing it down.

Thank you for your dedication to the upkeep of Centreville Library, and we appreciate your consideration of our suggestions.


Students in LIS 451 Introduction to Networked Information Systems
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


May 22nd, 2008 by Admin

Dear Valerie,

Hello! How are you? We hope you have had a chance to relax after our whirlwind day of computer activity. We’ve learned a lot more in class this past week, and we are excited to come back on May 29th and work with you again.

We were wondering how you like the two computers that we left with you. Do you still like Puppy the best? Have you gotten to use any more of the Edubuntu educational programs? We’d be happy to hear any feedback you want to give us on using those computers. It will be helpful for us if we can hear what you like and what you don’t like, what’s working and what’s not working.

We would also like to gather some general information about the Centreville Public Library. We were hoping you might be able to answer three questions for us. We know you are busy, so brief answers would be fine. Here are the questions:

1. Can you tell us a little about the history of Centreville Public Library? How did it start, who started it, and how long has it been around? Where has it been located?
2. Can you provide a summary of your vision, mission, and goals?
3. What are your priorities for implementing technology? For example, is it most important to have internet access, to have a lot of storage space, to be able to print, to have all the computers working, to be able to type in a word document, or is something else more important?

Finally, we have a fun and easy question. We will get a chance to name all the computers, and we were wondering if you’d like to think of a theme to name all the computers. For example, one of the other groups is naming all their computers after famous musicians. If you’d rather stick to the basics, though, we can just name each computer with its serial number. Let us know what you’d like!

Let us know if you have any questions for us. Thanks!