10-year-old sound, video system in community room will be replaced




GREENFIELD — Concerts, educational speeches, political debates and more soon will be projected through a more reliable sound and video system in the Hancock County Public Library’s community room.

The library board on Tuesday agreed to pay $29,736 for upgrades in the Greenfield Banking Co. Community Room, located at the front of the library. The room plays host to public events nearly every day.

“Veterans lunch, the debates – there’s just a number of things that go on there we use technology for, and we want people to continue to look at the library as a great source for the community,” said library director Dave Gray.

The contract with Force Technology Solutions means a replacement of 10-year-old technology that library officials say is nearing the end of its life. The library was built in 2005.

Kyle Turpin, HCPL web manager, said in the past few years especially he’s had to manually adjust microphones and sound equipment, and sometimes buttons don’t work on consoles that were probably about a decade old to begin with.

The new equipment will include a digital media switcher as “the brains of the whole operation,” Turpin said, to project computer screens and provide sound for the large room.

The room can also be divided in two, and the new technology can be utilized for two events at one time.

 

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