NORWICH – Representatives from the Four County Library System attended a special meeting of the Guernsey Memorial Library Board of Directors Monday to discuss recommendations for the computer system.
Currently, the Guernsey Library system is serviced by Jeff Jones, the husband of Library Director Melanie Battoe. However, at the end of August, Jones was given notice that the contract would be terminated at the end of 30 days. Battoe was placed on administrative leave at the same time.
Four County representatives Jeff Henry and Dan Dofton, along with Guernsey staff member Scott Goodman, met with the board to discuss potential changes to the computer system. “We took a brief look around and went through our system to get an idea what is going on and what needs to be straightened out,” Henry told the board. He and Dofton recommended several changes, and some may start being implemented before the end of the month.
Currently, the library is using a filtering program designed by Jones. When his contract is terminated at the end of September, the library will have no filtering system in place. Dofton said fixing that problem, along with router system issues, should be a top priority. Dofton said 4CLS would provide a new router system to Guernsey for free. Software changes for the Internet filter will come with some cost. The two recommended using CYBERsitter to filter Internet content.