Eckhart Public Library is making its data safer, with the help of a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant.
The library received a $7,850 LSTA Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library, to assist with the project, “Back (Up) To the Future: Preparing Eckhart Public Library Data for Disaster.” Grant funds will help the library purchase network attached storage hardware and external hard drives and configure the equipment to provide adequate backups to help protect against data loss. This will allow the library to spread out storage of data throughout the library campus, as well as store backed-up data offsite. The project will also include an updated technology disaster plan. This will better protect research data, including several terabytes of digitized material from the library’s Willennar Genealogy Center. Circulating books and materials data is already stored offsite due to the library’s participation in Evergreen Indiana.
Technology & Maintenance Manager Alan Sweeny and Assistant Director Jenny Kobiela-Mondor were inspired to create the project after considering how to better respond to catastrophic events after the July 2, 2017, arson fire that damaged the interior of the historic Main Library. The library’s board, administration, and management team are not only working to rebuild the library, but also are working to identify ways that the library’s leadership can help ensure that future disasters cause the least possible disruption to library services for Eckhart Public Library’s patrons.
For more information about how to assist the library’s restoration efforts and invest in the future of Eckhart Public Library, please visit foreverycitizen.org.