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