Public Access

Giddy over Gates

Last year, I “asked(Shared Computer Toolkit)”: what the introduction of the “Shared Computer Toolkit(Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP)”: meant for the Public Access Computer Security Tool. I found out this week that it has definitely become a “replacement(An Overview of the Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit)”: At my library, we have been using our original Gates stations as our public Internet Access stations for a while now. Hazarding a guess, I would put the date at November 12, 1999. We actually have a few more as we have been able to acquire hand-me-downs from some our other branches as they did some upgrading. So our original 6 is now 12 (and we have one other station in to make 13). This week we are getting ready to deploy the replacements (once again provided by the Gates Foundation). Fortunately, the funding that provided for 6 last time allowed us to buy 13 this time. Our crack IT staff has been figuring out how to get the SCT to work in conjunction with “PAMS(Public Access Management System)”:; it turned out to be doable, but took customization. And because we took the time to preserve the original image of one of our old Gates stations, we are going to be redeploying those into the children’s areas with the original profiles and software intact. So this is a pretty big week all around. I am not definitely not going to predict what things will be like in 2014.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.