Public Computer Center Setup Tips

June 16, 2011 by Moira Vahey

Supplies on hand? Check.
Equipment cataloged? Check.
Student union volunteers standing by? Check.

Public Computer Center

Setting up a public computer center is no small task. Fortunately, one BTOP project, Philadelphia’s Freedom Rings, created a step-by-step account of a recent “Setup Day” for a local public computer center. The article details the steps the grantee and local community members took to get the center up and running and offers tips on items such as laying out the classroom, cataloging equipment, and installing an operating system.

Public computer centers can be a lifeline for those who cannot afford a computer or Internet access at home. Many BTOP-funded public computer centers also provide training for people to develop the skills needed to use technology effectively and participate in the 21st century workforce.

This account can be a helpful resource for other public computer grantees – or other groups that are developing their own computer centers.

We encourage you to take a look at “How to Create a Public Computer Center” on the website of The New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative, a contractor for the City of Philadelphia’s Freedom Rings project.

By sharing best practices, BTOP grantees can leverage their efforts to benefit other grant recipients and the broader community going forward as we work to help close the digital divide.

Congratulations to the volunteers and workers that participated in the Freedom Rings Setup Day!

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Very useful article.

Very useful article.

Hey, this is a good article.

Hey, this is a good article. Especially the link to the "how to create a public computer center". I work as a helper/volunteer in one of the Slovak Universities IT centre and I've pointed our people to that article for a start as we are on the edge of doing something very similar. Thank you, With regards, Andrej how to ejaculate more volume

There are a lot of improperly

There are a lot of improperly configured public computer centers that could use a visit to this page. These best practices needs to be printed and shared.

Jen
 

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