ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Calvin Connor will continue to help people meet their technology needs as a technology trainer at the St. Clairsville District Library through next year, with expanded hours.
He was hired with a $29,000 grant through the Institute for Museum and Library Services
“The grant for this is full time now,” Connor said. “I started in October, it lasts about a whole year. It has just been renewed at the end of June. …Instead of having part-time hours which would be four hours a day, we had full-time hours, so now I am paid to be here from 9am to 5pm… Until next July I will be available full time for the public.”
Originally from Wheeling, Connor is now a resident of St. Clairsville and looks forward to answering questions about technology. Connor said library patrons will notice more programs, events and support.
“I have more time to focus on getting more grants for the library, setting up technology, visiting places, we’re already going to the senior center, high school and so on. , but now we can even do it a lot more”, he said.
“We’re looking to get more technology, more video games, more VR headsets, more things that kids and teens are interested in these days and bring those things to them in the library,” he said.
He added that the range of services has also expanded. It has helped customers with issues ranging from helping navigate a web browser to cleaning up ransomware.
“As people get to know and my name spreads more and more in the community, people come in with more dates, they can get an hour of my time and sit down with whatever they want. need, and it’s become very popular over the last few months now that I’ve been settled here,” he said. “If they need to fill out a form, they have to create an email, their laptop has a virus and they want to introduce it.”
Connor added that he had developed his own skills with programs such as Microsoft Office and had taken additional courses. Last spring, he graduated from Belmont College with a major in cybersecurity and networking.
“I now have a computer technology certificate, I have a diploma in networking and security which I completed, I was still working there when I was in first year, so I have a lot more technical qualifications and even my skills have advanced overall, helping people instantly, they don’t necessarily have to have an appointment, they can just come in for 15 minutes and stop by if they have a question, and I I’ll be there to answer them.” he said.
Library manager Doug Walsh said patron traffic has been significantly higher since the addition of a technology trainer.
“It’s really bringing in people with new needs and seeing that the library is able to help them,” says Walsh.
Walsh also pointed out that new tools and equipment may be coming to the library.
“We may be looking at having 3D printing and possibly additional gaming technology,” says Walsh.
Connor said the library also has a Cricut cutting machine which is proving popular.
“He cuts out designs for you, so we’re setting up a design space for people to come in and have the materials and the Cricut to use for free, and they can buy vinyl pieces and use them in your projects,” Connor said.
“These are decorative projects, and people are learning new skills, they’re using math skills, computer skills to work with a Cricut,” Walsh said the addition of a prior grant made it possible to purchase the Cricut machine and make it available to the public.
The library is located at 108 W. Main Street.