Library seeks financial help for upgrade
$100,000 fund-raising campaign launched
By Blake Kaplan of The Sun Herald
The Harrison County library system plans to ask its supporters over the next 12 months to help pay for a new computerized card catalog system.
Library officials launched a $100,000 fund-raising campaign this month to purchase the high-tech system, which will allow patrons to get information on books and other library holdings through computer terminals at each location.
The campaign won’t cover all the system’s cost, though. Library officials need to secure the $100,000 to qualify for a $200,000 grant from the state Library Commission, said Richard Mobley, director of the library system.
"an on-line automation system is long overdue," Mobley said, noting libraries in Jackson and Hancock counties already have them. "we’re behind the times and we want to catch up."
The library system, which includes eight branches in Gulfport, Bioxi, Pass Christian and D’Iberville, will ask its patrons, Coast civic groups and government agencies for contributions, Mobley said. The library system has already received a $5,000 check from the Pass Christian Rotary Club.
In September, the library system received a $60,000 budget increase from its main funding source: Harrison County. Mobley said that money has already been spent, though, on salary increases and library materials.