Oregon’s public library system is barely up to date on digital technology, according to a new report.
Oregon’s public libraries are now only four years into the digital era, according the library board.
That’s an improvement, but it’s still early in the process.
The report, released Monday, said that libraries in Oregon have not had the opportunity to use modern technology for decades.
“We’re seeing libraries transition from paper and pencil to digital and other digital technology that is now being used by the community and libraries are starting to transition to that,” said Ellen White, the director of the library systems division.
“There are some places where the libraries are doing that, but they’re just beginning to transition.”
White said the libraries need to work more closely with libraries across the state.
“They’re not just starting to move in that direction,” she said.
“They’re moving in a direction that is starting to take some time.”
She said the library system has seen an uptick in digital enrollment in the last few years, but said there is still a need for libraries to stay up to modern technology.
The library board recently voted to upgrade the library computers and equipment to modern digital technology.
That includes a digital computer that can handle digital content, as well as a library database that can keep track of digitized material.