INWOOD, WV, January 10, 2001 With growing demand among patrons for substantially increased PC access and functionality, the need has never been greater among libraries of all types to more effectively manage how all of their public workstations are used. Heightening the challenge is today's PC and Internet-based culture one in which the ratio of library-based computers to hands-on librarians has grown exponentially and concerns about “hacking” escalate daily.
Tackling these issues head-on, The Library Corporation (TLC) today announced that it will offer a new, web-based tool that enables library staff to easily configure each computer and place firm controls on their patrons' workstation session times, applications usage, Internet access and ability to use files, disks, printers and other peripherals.
Called Secure. Solution, the product manages access to PCs and their resources through easy-to-use password codes, known as “keys.” Library administrators simply logon to the Secure.Solution website, set their own specific criteria by user or PC and download pre-configured software to either standalone PCs, or an entire network. Different configurations can be selected for an individual station, with access contingent upon the logon.
By issuing different keys to multiple patrons, a single machine can convert from catalog browsing OPACs for one user, to web surfing for the next. Keys can also be designed to fit only specific workstations. In that way, a library's high-end graphics computer for example, can be dedicated solely to design work. In addition, Secure.Solution has the flexibility to permit patron access to be issued either permanently or for one-time usage.
As TLC's CEO, Annette Bakhtiar, noted, “We live in a digital age in which librarians increasingly need sophisticated, yet easy-to-use tools that can help leverage their time while ensuring that patrons have fair access to PCs and related library resources. Secure.Solution minimizes the repetitive tasks associated with managing equipment usage, recording log-in sheets and making certain all patrons get a fair turn using the library's computers.”
Secure.Solution also includes additional management features such as statistical reporting on time and application usage, resource tracking, and the capability to create multiple language interfaces. Further, staff may use SecureSolution to create a customized screen saver, consistent with a library's particular corporate I.D. system, that welcomes the user and prompts the beginning of a session.
The product operates on Windows 95/98, NT & 2000 and was originally designed for use in public libraries, but is also ideal for computer labs, offices, cyber cafes and private libraries.