Headlines: July 26th, 2001

The New Opportunities Fund, a National Lottery distributor of good causes money, is funding the development of the Peoples Network in local libraries to bring Internet access to all users. The scheme will link every public library in the UK to the Internet and the Grid for Learning, making technology accessible to local communities. This funding supplements money local councils are investing in developing technology in libraries.The Peoples Network will shortly have almost 4000 computers in libraries to allow local people to use word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics packages, and scanners free of charge. These facilities particularly benefit students who need to type up school or college work and the unemployed who can use the Internet to research jobs and then use the word processor to type up their CV. Local organizations can use the database to keep membership records and tourists can use email to keep in touch with family and friends.