HP Helps Cleveland Library Provide Patrons with Personalized Computing Experience

MyCloud on HP thin clients lets users create and save personal files, available any time they visit the library

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP today announced that the Cleveland Public Library is using is using HP technology to increase community access to digital content and personal computing.

 The library is providing HP mobile thin clients to enable patrons to create their own computing worlds, just as if they were using their own laptop or desktop computer.

MyCloud, the library’s new program rolled out in June, uses HP 6360t Mobile Thin Clients and HP TouchSmart PCs to provide digital accounts for library goers. Patrons can surf the web, access library resources, and save files, bookmarks and preferences so they are available any time they visit the library. MyCloud also provides access to powerful software applications, such as photo-editing tools and business-management applications.

 “The Cleveland Library made a commitment to fighting community deficits, whether that means having the ability to check out a book, download an eBook or use other technology to access free information,” said Felton Thomas, executive director, Cleveland Public Library. “As a progressive 21st century library, we’re excited that we can provide our patrons with a better, more personalized computing experience.”

HP enables library’s TechCentral

The Cleveland Public Library is focusing on improving the overall user experience in the Main Library downtown with several phases of development. The first phase included transforming the lower level of the Louis Stokes Wing into TechCentral, where patrons can find all of the library’s technology in one location.

Patrons have access to 120 mobile thin clients and can check out items such as tablet computers and eReaders, which can be used anywhere in both library buildings and the outdoor reading garden.

HP TouchSmart PCs also are available to library visitors, providing a fun and engaging way to interact with educational games and information, and offering the benefits of a large screen for easy viewing or use by several people simultaneously.

HP servers, storage, networking and virtualization software will provide a platform capable of supporting thousands of dedicated virtual desktops to accommodate users. The MyCloud data center comprises HP ProLiant BL460 G7 servers with Flex-10 Virtual Connect, HP LeftHand Storage and HP 2910 al Switches.

“HP is helping the Cleveland Library’s innovative effort to close the digital divide through technology,” said Jeff Groudan, director, Thin Clients, HP. “The library’s mobile thin client computing environment gives library patrons a  go-anywhere, PC-like experience and access to their data in the cloud without the IT management needs or cost of full PCs.”

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