Hoover Library hangs TV to find missing children
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · September 13, 2013

A new TV screen hung in late August in the lobby of the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum displays pictures of missing and exploited children.

Facilities Manager Rollie Owens said a 1998 presidential memo mandates that federal buildings that are part of the Government Services Administration must display pictures, where the public can see them, of missing children.

Owens said that the Hoover library has not ever done that, but it had been reminded recently in a memo from federal archives headquarters in Washington.

He said the Hoover lobby is small, so they opted to use a television instead of a large bulletin board. He said that ChildFind, which works with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, posts 10 “premiere” children each month. Library staff will plug a flash drive into a computer, download those pictures and then upload them to the TV set.

The TV displays the pictures in a slideshow form.

“This is easier,” he said. “and it gives a visitor more information on a readable scale.”

Owens said he thinks it is also more eye-catching than a bulletin board.

The TV set faces the lobby in a hallway that leads to the restrooms and the archives; it is also close to the auditorium entrance.

Owens said that in the future, the Library-Museum may replace the flat-screen TV with a smart TV, hooking it up to the Internet and providing weather updates as well.

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