Nebraska Libraries get Samsung Q1Us courtesy of the Gates foundation

Updated on 24 September 2008 by

2868272310_35b815502fJkk has managed to find a short story on the ‘Nebraska Library Commission Blog‘ that mentions a list of libraries in the state that are getting hardware courtesy of the Gates Foundation:

The Nebraska Library Commission is proud to announce that the following 48 Nebraska public libraries have been awarded WiFi Connectivity Grants, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Each library will be receiving a Linksys WiFi Router and a Dell laptop or Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC.

Interesting to say the least. There isn’t much detail on what the Q1Us will be used for at this point, or specifically which model they received, but I would imagine they would be a good tool for taking to the shelf and referencing books without having to return to a stationary computer to look up Dewey Decimal information. A few pictures of the Q1Us and some other donated hardware can be found at this flikr page.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Michael Sauers says:

    As the person at the Nebraska Library Commission who ran this grant I’d like to clarify. The Gates Foundation supplied the money but the NLC supplied the approved plan. Each of the 48 libraries were given the choice between the Q1 Ultra and a Dell 1525 Insprion and 4 libraries picked the Q1. The Gates Foundation had nothing to do with the choice of the Q1.

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