To serve the larger Public Libraries or branches and the smaller to medium sized Public Libraries, two standard models have been developed, which are commonly refered to as the Libraries Online! Lab Model and the Libraries Online! Standalone Model.
Each model is designed to ensure maximum availability and flexibility for the patron as well as the staff, while trying to minimize the downtime of systems, due to inadvertant re-configuration of a workstation by a user. The two models have been tested in a variety of locations and continue to be tested and fine tuned as new applications or technology become available.
In general, both models are configured to provide access to the following three groups of applications and resources: (1) Internet Resources; (2) Multimedia Reference and Learning tools; (3) Office Applications such as word processing. In certain instances, where the machines are also used heavily by high school or college students, additional tools such as Visual Basic may be available.