Let’s start with the definitions
- Digital literacy: The ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. (American Library Association’s Task Force on Digital Literacy)
- “Coding for Kids”: Children learning to read and write a machine language (programming), along with the ability to think computationally, helping them develop problem-solving skills and digital confidence. Standard coding equipment for children includes coding boards and programmable robots.
- Makerspace: A place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.
Why digital literacy?
Digital literacy plays an important part in overall literacy, as people spend more time using technology to find and manage information. We are striving to meet the evolving technological and technical needs of community members and plan to offer relevant programs.
What we currently do
We offer public access computers with internet, wireless connection for mobile devices, printing and scanning. Staff members assist patrons in using the technology on demand. But we want to be able to offer more!
Where we could start
- Coding for Kids, with a focus on programming robots
- Sessions to help patrons learn how to access Library e-books
- Tech Buddies: Teaming up seniors with tech questions and teens with know-how
Stay tuned for more in the coming months.