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Library gets funds to create a mobile classroom

Classroom will provide greater access to current technology
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Main Guelph Public Library. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Guelph Public Library has been awarded a Digital Literacy Exchange Program grant with funding from The Government of Canada to implement a mobile classroom.

This $19,927 four-year initiative will provide digital literacy skills training to fulfill growing and changing literacy and education needs within the Guelph community.

This funding has allowed our library to hire a Digital Literacy Programmer who is currently working with various community groups to create targeted digital literacy programming. Current project partners include the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and Guelph’s Circle of Knowledge Holders.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development shares, "Digital literacy is becoming more important every day, whether for booking a medical appointment, banking safely, studying or looking for a job. That's why our government is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have the skills to access information and opportunities online. Through the Digital Literacy Exchange Program, Canadians are receiving training to improve their skills and confidence so that they can fully participate in the digital economy." 

The library’s mobile classroom initiative will provide the Guelph community critical access to 21st century technologies, the development of fundamental digital literacy skills and the opportunity to participate in the digital economy for many who might otherwise miss out.

Training topics will include: Computer 101 Skills (powering on, using a mouse and basic navigating of the desktop), Introduction to Microsoft Word, Introduction to PowerPoint, Introduction to Excel, Basic Internet Skills, Internet Safety, Using Guelph Public Library's eResources and Website, and Technology Help (where any technology question, big or small, will be answered) and more.