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The Scarborough Public Library is partnering with the National Center for Digital Equity to offer a series of free digital literacy courses to our community. NDEC strives to provide valuable hands-on experience to empower people with the digital tools needed to navigate today’s world. Classes are offered in the library meeting room where attendees will see the NDEC instructor on Zoom. Contact [email protected] or call 883-4723, option 4, for more information and to register by phone.

Hailie Posey, the library’s adult services assistant and host of the library’s upcoming Digital Literacy Series courses, shares some answers to questions about the library’s focus on digital literacy.

What is Digital Literacy?

Digital literacy is a confusing term! Digital literacy is the ability to use technological tools to find, understand, evaluate, create and communicate information. Someone who is digitally literate is able to find high quality information online; make decisions about which digital tools and programs are right for the job; and use specific digital tools like email, word processing programs, presentation software, video conferencing or social media to communicate with friends, family and colleagues.

How does digital literacy influence learning?

Learning new technologies is really hard, especially if you don’t think you have a good foundation. There are so many tools, sites, platforms, and passwords out there that it can be hard to know where to start. The library is proud to partner with the National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) to offer courses that provide an entry point to tech literacy, including learning which devices would be most useful to you and what types of tools and applications that would be useful to you. .

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Why does the Scarborough Public Library offer digital literacy classes?

Libraries have always worked to help people find information. Teaching digital literacy is an extension of this work. We know the IT landscape is complex and we’re here to help you better understand how digital tools can help improve your personal and professional life.

Several courses will be offered in the series, including basic and intermediate courses to advance skills on Apple and Android devices. View the full list of NDEC offerings at: https://digitalequitycenter.org/classes/ and contact [email protected] or 883-4723 option 4 to let us know which courses interest you.