Community Access Project - Services

By: Middlesex County Library  09-12-2011
Keywords: libraries, Branch Libraries

In the summer of 1995, Middlesex County got its first Community Access Project site at the Glencoe Library in the southwest of the county. The site had access to the Internet on a new computer through a dial-up connection. The program was a success and the following summer more sites across the county were added.

For several years the Community Access Project served all of Middlesex County through the public library system. It provided new hardware and software as times changed and it aided in the development of community websites. It also provided the public with the opportunity to receive free Internet and computer training in many different subject areas.

Other services that were provided include free website creation for non-profit groups, Internet advice for local businesses and technology seminars on various topics for groups of all ages and skill levels.

Today, there are 15 official CAP sites at branch libraries throughout the county. The needs of the public with regard to the Internet are changing. As a result, the Community Access Project is currently going through a restructuring phase at the national level. Student trainers are no longer required as much since many people are now familiar with the workings of the Internet.

This website is intended to be the culmination of all the hard work done by CAP students in Middlesex County since the beginning. It is hoped that it will serve as a useful reference for all those who access it. If new developments in CAP occur then the information is sure to be posted here when it comes to Middlesex.

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