From the Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) library consortium:
Getting Computer Savvy at the Library, Where Learning Is Both Enjoyable and Empowering
At libraries, it is always a good time to learn how to use computers. Libraries offer a variety of computer classes from the beginner level up to intermediate functions.
Beginner classes typically teach “the very basics, starting with how to use a mouse and keyboard, to navigating a Windows desktop, how to access programs from your start menu, and ending with an Introduction to the Internet,” says Gracey Palmer, Morristown-Morris Township Library reference librarian.
At the Morristown & Morris Township Library, one of its technology programs is called Cutting the Cable Cord.
“This last session of Cutting the Cable Cord was extremely popular, and was more of a lecture, so I hope to have it again and move it to our meeting room to allow for more attendees,” says Palmer.
These ongoing computer classes have received positive feedback and gratitude from attendees. The biggest praise of all is when participants return – often with friends – and sign up for more classes. Getting to know the teachers and librarians by name adds to the sense of enrichment.
The Morristown & Morris Township Library also offers a program called Tech Time.
Tech Time offers one-on-one sessions that patrons can schedule with Stephen Brunskill, reference librarian, for help with everything IT-related, from a malfunctioning computer to setting up an email account.
“I’ve always had a quick mind when it comes to technology, and that insight may help me reconcile the patron’s inquiry with a simple phone call,” Brunskill says.
“Finding the specific issue is the key to all of this, since time is of the essence. Getting that ‘a-ha’ or ‘oh-h-h’ moment when someone finally ‘gets it’ is reward enough for me!”
But it’s not just about fun. Patrons nearing retirement who are in the workforce use the library to learn new technical skills. A local need was observed at the Library of the Chathams to help with computer skills.
Galina Natenzon, assistant director, stated that, “they found (Microsoft) Word programs helpful, and one of them was very happy about Excel – she took it just in time to help her with a project at work where she had been stumped.”
Contact your local library today and find out what computer classes may be offered closest to you within the MAIN network of libraries.
The Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) is a consortium of 38 public libraries located in Morris, Somerset and Warren Counties. MAIN’s mission is to lead and encourage collaboration, resource sharing, staff development and innovation by providing high quality, cost effective shared services to member libraries for their communities. MAIN aspires to help member libraries and the communities they serve to readily access a rich spectrum of resources.