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ERIC Number: EJ963350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Libraries Adding Value with Technology Training
Vengersammy, Ormilla
Computers in Libraries, v31 n9 p10-15 Nov 2011
Traditional libraries are being redefined. They are not only places to access books in print, but are also rich resources for digital assets. As a result, technology training programs need to progress beyond basic "mouse and keyboard" in order to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of the public. As library collections transition to a digital format, the focus should be on showing nontech users how they can benefit from using online resources. Libraries need to provide electronic resources such as access to training tutorials and digital reference databases for individuals and small businesses. Another concept to consider is that not all computer-savvy users learn best in an online environment. The need for social interaction and face-to-face learning is still preferred by many. OCLS, with headquarters in downtown Orlando, serves the residents of Florida's Orange County Library District. OCLS offers a wide array of informational and educational computer classes to the public at all library locations. Computer training ranges from basic classes such as How to Use the Mouse and Keyboard, Email, and Internet to more advanced classes such as Web Development, Photoshop, Quick-Books, and The Microsoft Office 2010 Suite. Classes such as Ebooks and Audiobooks, iPad, NOOK and More, and Facebook are also offered on a regular basis. By making curriculum relevant and available in multiple formats (in-person classroom instruction, in-person small-group instructional workshops, live online interactive classes, and computer-based self-paced tutorials), OCLS continues to meet the needs of many learning styles and lifestyles. Creating curriculum once and presenting it many times in multiple formats gives the public a great return on its investment in the library. The community has demonstrated a high approval rating for OCLS through its repeated and robust use of the library's tech-savvy services.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida