What is a Chromebox?
- A very small computer running Google's Chrome operating system (OS).
- It uses cloud-based Google apps like Chrome web browser, Facebook, YouTube, OverDrive, Word, Excel and PowerPoint (online versions).
- It has an audio jack, HDMI port and several USB ports.
Why are Chromeboxes ideal computers for a public library?
- Library staff can manage all the Chromeboxes from a single control centre over the web.
- Chromeboxes can be updated remotely all at the same time!
- Library staff can maintain and troubleshoot them remotely too so less time will be needed to fix problems.
- No data is saved locally on the device so we won’t need to worry about personal information being accessed by the next user.
- The cost of the devices and licenses is significantly lower than a Windows computer running Microsoft software.
Are Chromeboxes easy to use?
- Chrome OS is basically a big browser, so if you can run a program or play a game through a website, you can use it on Chrome.
Will the library still have Windows and Mac computers?
- Large-screen iMac computers are available for public use at the Blenheim, Chatham, Dresden, Ridgetown, Tilbury and Wallaceburg branches.
- Windows machines will be available for working with microfilm readers (and stand-alone scanners until new all-in-one scanning/printing/copying machines are rolled out later this year).
Thank you to Ontario Works for funding the new Chromebox computers and to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent IT Services staff for helping with the rollout and network improvements.