Teaching Internet Basics
The Can-Do Guide
by Joel A. Nichols
October 2014, 143pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-741-5
$45, £34, 38€, A65
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-742-2
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With its included script, screen shots, and practical tips, this guide gives you all the resources needed for a complete series of computer and Internet workshops.

Perfect for public librarians, instructional librarians, technology and digital resource specialists, and library training specialists, this book is an essential resource for digital literacy instruction.

According to Pew research published in 2013, two-thirds of public libraries report that technology training is important in their communities, and that 86.5 percent of public libraries offer classes on general Internet use. Despite the ubiquitous nature of the Internet and digital media, digital literacy instruction remains one of the major job duties of 21st-century librarians. In this book, author Joel Nichols helps you to close the digital divide and make a difference in increasing information and digital literacy for your patrons, offering tested content and methods that will make it easier for librarians to provide effective digital literacy instruction.

With its discussion of key Internet safety and security topics for inexperienced Internet users, this hands-on, practical guide is what you need for approaching—and solving—these digital literacy instructional challenges. This manual serves librarians who are teaching computer and Internet basics to patrons with little or no experience by providing a packaged solution with ready-made training scripts and practical examples that teach basic digital literacy techniques. The guide also fills any gaps in your knowledge or experience and gets you up to speed with the latest digital information needs of users in order to form a solid foundation from which to provide instruction with the supplied curriculum.


  • Frames instruction of Internet basics in an economical and highly relevant manner for public librarians and their users
  • Provides complete training scripts with step-by-step instructions and sample screen shots
  • Suggests hands-on activities that apply skills taught and provide opportunity for independent practice
  • Contains an annotated appendix of free online courseware that supplements and enhances Internet basics instruction
Joel A. Nichols, MA, MSLIS, is data strategies manager at the Free Library of Philadelphia and previously managed the Free Library Techmobile, a digital literacy outreach vehicle at the Free Library of Philadelphia. He is also the author of Libraries Unlimited's iPads® in the Library: Using Tablet Technology to Enhance Programs for All Ages. Nichols has taught computer basics in the library since 2008 and currently teaches college English. He holds a master of science in library and information science degree from Drexel University, a master's degree in English and creative writing from Temple University, and a bachelor's degree in German from Wesleyan University.
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