Digital Literacy

"Digital literacy refers to the basic skills necessary to seize the opportunities of broadband Internet, how to use a computer, navigate the web, or take actions like preparing and uploading an online resume, or processing a basic Internet transaction."

"If you're not digitally literate, you're at a significant disadvantage in the workforce. 50 percent of today's jobs require some technology skills and this percentage is expected to grow to 77 percent in the next decade."

Quoted from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's remarks on Broadband Adoption, October 12, 2011

Staff
Orono Public Library's Digital Literacy is staffed by supervised volunteers, utilizing community members and in support of EveryoneOn, a 3-year national public service campaign to promote digital literacy launched in the Spring of 2013. The key message is to encourage people to learn how to do "one thing better online."

Opportunities

  • Scheduled assistance time 2-3 times a week i.e. Monday mornings, Tuesday evenings, Thursday noontime.
  • One-on-one tutor/learner opportunities at mutually arranged time for basic and intermediate technology learning.
  • Special interests group sessions i.e. Facebook, Download Library and eReaders, Craigslist, eBay, Smart Phones, Operating Systems, etc.
  • For those wishing more instruction can sign up at scheduled assistance times.
  • Scheduled group classes i.e. Basic Computer Use, Social Media, Search Techniques including Boolean Logic, Genealogy, etc,
  • Outreach programs- taking the show on the road to senior residences, health fairs, local civic groups, businesses