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52 - CAPE GAZE'rYE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 Minner promises computers at every library by end of year Gov. Ruth Ann Minner on May 28 announced that all computers in Delaware public libraries will be state-of-the-art by the end of the year. Standing in front of a shipment of new library computers, Minner said the initiative will make Delaware a leader in allowing all of its citizens free and equal ac- cess to the internet. This spring, the Bill and Melin- da Gates Foundation donated 88 computers to libraries in Kent County, Sussex County, Wilming- ton, and Newark that met the Gates Foundation's income and poverty guidelines. Minner announced the purchase of 144 additional "Gates Comput- ers" for libraries in Kent County, Sussex County, and Wilmington under a matching grant program developed by the State Library. "Libraries have become the bridge over the digital divide - en- suring that all citizens have access to high-speed internet, e-com- merce and other services. Yet, too many of our libraries are using ob- solete computers," Minner said. '`These purchases and donations - which result from a combination of state, county, local library and charitable resources - will mean that every library computer in Delaware will be state-of-the-art by the end of this year. That is tru- ly remarkable and must make Delaware a leader in the country when it comes to library technolo- gy." "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation applauds Gov. Ruth am Minner and her administra- tion for their commitment to sus- taining public access computer programs in libraries. We hope other states will be inspired by this effort," said Craig Arnold, di- rector of the foundation's U.S. Li- brary Program. "Support from foundations, governments and individuals is necessary to help our libraries stay vibrant and remain the informa- tion hub of their communities. Delaware can serve as an example for others." The Gates Foundation has been providing computers to libraries around the country since 1997. The Gates Computers feature a full suite of multi-lingual produc- tivity tools including word pro- cessing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, website design, email, photo editing, and publish- ing software. The machines also feature educational software tools such as an online updateable en- cyclopedia and the Magic School reference service where students or others can get answers from a Delaware reference librarian. "Answer Online" is currently in its pilot phase and is available seven days a week from 3 to 8 Bus learning series. . tm.m. It can be accessed through Minner also announcedie StaRttIpt[j's website at other advances in Delawww.lible.Us. TM brary technology:   ,The three initiatives announced A project to increase the avail- ability of assistive technology services for library users with dis- abilities. Special computer equip- ment will be used to magnify text, convert text to Braille, and even convert text and hypedinks into a computer-generated voice. This demonstration project will help public libraries, library patrons, and caregivers to determine which devices will be most effective in meeting the needs of their com- munities and their customers. The start of a real-time online Wednesday are part of the Statewide Library Technology Plan called for by the Governor in 2001 and completed in October 2002. "Taken together, our state and local investments in truly state-of- the-art library computers, oiar commitment to assistive library technology for those with disabili- ties, and our efforts to provide on- line reference services are a giant leap forward in delivering library services to our citizens," Minner said. 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"I'm looking forward to being on board for the commissioning," Cooper said. As the centerpeice of the battle group, USS Ronald Reagan's pri- mary missions include providing forward presence and peacetime deterrence, as well as coordinat- ing and supporting air operations against enemies during wartime. Every sailor's job plays a criti- cal role in the overall success of the ship's mission. Cooper, a ma- chinist's mate, is responsible for maintaining and operating en- gines, compressors and gears, re- frigeration and air conditioning systems, as well as other machines used on board. He is also respon- sible for the ship's steam propul- sion and auxiliary equipment. commissions new Navy carrier "I work on the catapults," said Cooper, 23. "My job is important because it enables the ship to launch and recover aircraft." The 1999 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School enlisted in the Navy I've traveled to Hawaii, played in two military world se- Continued on page 58 ANN BATEMAN LTD. 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