Li­braries share in­for­ma­tion – not just books

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By PAM COLE­MAN Com­mu­nity Engagement Li­brar­ian

Last week we waxed lyri­cal about the im­por­tance of the li­brary as a vi­tal com­mu­nity space.

Nowa­days, li­braries are not just in the book busi­ness. They are in the in­for­ma­tion shar­ing busi­ness. Books have been the pri­mary method of shar­ing in­for­ma­tion for half a mil­len­nium. As tech­nol­ogy ad­vances into ev­ery as­pect of mod­ern life, peo­ple are de­pend­ing upon the li­brary sys­tem for not only free books, but ac­cess to com­put­ers and the in­ter­net as well.

New Zealan­ders are con­nect­ing to the in­ter­net to do ev­ery­thing from pay­ing bills to play­ing cards. Keep­ing in touch with fam­ily and friends across the globe has never been eas­ier. Re­vis­it­ing the past with all your pho­tos at your fin­ger­tips and or­der­ing the gro­ceries for home de­liv­ery are only a few clicks away. Google seems to be the go-to for an an­swer to nearly ev­ery­thing but what does that mean for those who aren’t so com­fort­able on­line?

The dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion has cre­ated in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing at our li­braries. It sits per­fectly with our ethos of of­fer­ing life­long learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion to all.

You can learn new com­puter skills by com­ing along to our weekly Step­ping Up classes. Step­ping Up is free com­mu­ni­ty­based dig­i­tal lit­er­acy pro­gramme that helps adults build their dig­i­tal skills in small easy steps.

The classes have small num­bers so you can have the full at­ten­tion of one of our li­brar­i­ans to help with top­ics such as CV mak­ing, word or us­ing Facebook. Ever won­dered what a CAPTCHA is? Cook­ies and spam are no longer just types of food. We can help trans­late the baf­fling world of tech­no­log­i­cal jar­gon.

The pro­gramme is ideal for any­one want­ing ba­sic com­puter knowl­edge who wishes to de­velop skills rel­e­vant to their work and life.

“A com­puter once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick box­ing,” Emmo Philips.

If you feel like kick­ing your com­puter, pop into the li­brary to book in for one of this year’s classes. You may also want to sug­gest a topic for next year’s classes.

Have you heard of the book The Wonky Don­key by Craig Smith?

Craig Smith is com­ing to Te Tak­ere­tanga o Kura-hau-po!!

Spread the word! Craig will be per­form­ing on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3at 10.30am. There will be Wonky Don­key books for sale and sign­ing as well as his new book Driz­zly Bear. This is a must to bring your chil­dren to and even bet­ter — it’s free!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.