Through the Libraries Online! project, the Nisqually Tribal Library was able to acquire seven patron work stations, managed centrally with a network server. With these computers, patrons have access to the Internet, the local public library system, CD-ROM learning materials, the Nisqually Tribal Library's holdings, and eventually, access to information on the holdings of other tribal libraries. The capabilities of the server add a crucial link in the realization of the Tribe's goal for a reservation-wide inter-office telecommunications system.
The current enrollment in the Nisqually Tribe is close to 500, with a total tribal service population of over 2900. Less than 50% of the people have completed high-school and unemployment is between 30% and 50%. These new computer additions serve several of the Tribe's long-term planning goals including "a commitment to education, service, tribal management systems and communications."
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