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ArlingtonColumbia Pike library to open high-tech meeting room

Columbia Pike library to open high-tech meeting room

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Arlington library officials on Sept. 19 will host a ceremony marking the introduction of new space at the Columbia Pike branch for those who require a secure Internet connection and privacy for “virtual” meetings.

The Teleconnect Space was developed in partnership with the county government’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development in conjunction with the Department of Technology Services.

The meeting room is outfitted with a hardwired computer equipped with Web access to Zoom, Skype and other videoconferencing software. It also has a ring light to create a professional setting. In addition to being used for online meetings, it will be available for specific purposes such as telehealth appointments, job interviews, social-service appointments, health-insurance signup and college interviews.

“Anyone who needs a free, quiet, private space and who does not have equivalent access at home, or anyone who needs extra tech assistance to get started taking a telehealth appointment, is invited,” county library director Diane Kresh said.

The space can be booked by individuals for up to two hours each day. Glass on the windows of the room will be frosted, and a white-noise machine is available to ensure privacy.

For information on the initiative, see the Website at library.arlingtonva.us/teleconnect-space.

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