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Rota library holds ‘soft’ opening, internet connection installed

RESIDENTS of Rota now have full access to their library facilities and resources following its “soft” opening yesterday.

“We are very happy to inform our Rota patrons that they can now use the facilities, including a fast internet connection at the Rota Public Library. We know they had been waiting for this for years and we are glad to finally see it happening,” Joeten-Kiyu Public Library Executive Director John O. Gonzales said.

Two of the main library’s staffers, children’s library associate Erlinda Naputi and Information Technology Center technician Roy Rechebei, left on Sunday evening for a week-long stay on Rota to train its  staff.

Gonzales said  Rechebei will take care of the installation of the computer units and internet connection. He will train Rota staffers how to use them while facilitating all networking and programming needs of the island’s library.

Naputi will train local librarians on cataloguing, shelving and filing of books and other materials.

Gonzales said that they will start issuing application forms for Rota library cards.

“We owe it to the people of Rota to provide them  accessible library services because in these modern times, it is not right for them to be left behind,” Gonzales said.

The opening of the Rota Public Library had been postponed repeatedly since the building was constructed over 10 years ago.

With the successful installation of 6 mbps speed internet connection last week, the library was finally opened for public use.

Gonzales said  the recent successful approval and reinstatement of E-Rate funding discounts for telecommunications and internet services at all  CNMI public library branches after an almost 5 year hiatus  allowed them to install and upgrade fast internet connections as well as telephone and fax lines to the main library in Susupe as well as the facilities on Tinian and on Rota.

With the grant, Gonzales said the public library will only  pay 10 percent or about $4,000 a year of the estimated $40,000 cost per year.

“We are urging the residents of Rota to come and make full use of the facilities and resources at Rota’s Antonio C. Atalig Memorial Public Library,” Gonzales said.