Hun­dreds get first taste of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy at county’s li­braries

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MORE than 400 res­i­dents have started their first dig­i­tal jour­ney in one of Buck­ing­hamshire’s li­braries in the past year.

Bucks County Coun­cil’s nine main li­braries, in­clud­ing Che­sham Li­brary, have been run­ning Learn My Way cour­ses for peo­ple with no in­ter­net ex­pe­ri­ence to teach them how to get on­line.

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s in­for­ma­tion and learn­ing ser­vices man­ager Gina Ni­cholls was de­lighted that be­tween April 2015 and March 2016 li­brary, staff had helped 427 peo­ple through dig­i­tal in­clu­sion cour­ses.

The ses­sions, she said, opened a wide range of train­ing, from learn­ing how to ap­ply for a job on­line and fill­ing in govern­ment forms, to read­ing e-books and even keep­ing in touch with fam­ily over­seas by Skype.

On Thurs­day April 28, Bucks County Coun­cil chair­man Bill Chap­ple and the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and pub­lic health Martin Phillips joined dig­i­tal stu­dents for a cel­e­bra­tory tea at Ayles­bury Li­brary.

Thanks to a £1,250 govern­ment grant through the Tin­der Foun­da­tion, Ayles­bury Li­brary had been able to run ex­tra train­ing ses­sions un­til the end of March with ca­pac­ity for 75 peo­ple. Owing to de­mand, the ex­tra ses­sions will con­tinue into May.

Mr Phillips said: “This is re­ally good ground-floor train­ing that will en­able peo­ple to get on the first rung of the dig­i­tal lad­der, and help them to take ad­van­tage of the on­line ser­vices avail­able to­day.”

In­for­ma­tion about cour­ses is avail­able li­braries. in the all

Che­sham Li­brary and (be­low) Bucks County Coun­cil chair­man Bill Chap­ple

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