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Tech @ the Library

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Our tech blog, wherein I discuss the technologies used behind the scenes at HMCPL.

From the networks that tie us together -- and to the outside world -- to the computers and services we use, this blog touches on the wide variety of technologies used in our systems. If ever you've got questions about how things at the Library work, feel free to send me a note.

The IT Services department is located on the third floor of the Downtown Huntsville branch of HMCPL. We've a small, dedicated team of IT experts, each of us specializing in our own fields, and working together to bring you the best service we can.

Aaron Sakovich
IT Services Manager

Invitation to Bid—Laptop/Tablet Dispensing Machines

The Board of Directors of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) is requesting pricing for public self-service dispensing machines for secure storing and lending of Windows laptops/tablets and/or Apple MacBooks/iPads.

Invitation to Bid for Telecommunications Services, April 2017

Telecommunications Services ITB for April 2017 PDFThe Board of Directors of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) is requesting pricing for one (1), two (2) and three (3) year contracts for the following telecommunications services:

  1. Interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services

Invitation to Bid for Network Switches, 2016

Revised and Reissued ITB, March 2016


Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is requesting bids for replacement network switches across the entirety of our Madison County branches. HMCPL is preparing our infrastructure to support Gigabit Ethernet speeds to better serve our patrons.

This ITB replaces the one issued in February of 2016, as all responses were non-responsive in at least one category.

Introducing our new website

Welcome to our updated website. We've now had a website serving Madison County for over 15 years, this is our second major upgrade to that site, and third new website in the past 2 years.
Some of the great new features we're introducing with this new site include:

Koha, FOSS, and what that means to you

So, where is HMCPL headed with this new catalog upgrade to Koha? Why are we making this change?

Let’s talk a little philosophy here. No, not Aristotle, but computers. We’re taking a big leap with a major FOSS package, and I thought I’d take a few minutes to explain what that means, and why that’s good for you, our patrons.

FOSS. It's a short acronym, for a big concept.