Library Offers Gentle Introduction To New Technology

by Alastair Hamilton -

The Shetland Library is taking part in a project that should help to make people more confident in using information technology.

AgeUK are behind the initiative: they've called it their "ITea and Biscuits" week. It's a chance to try out a range of gadgets and online services, and find out how to make the most of them. As well as computers and the internet, there are iPads, e-readers, photo scanners and more. There will also be staff on hand to help out and answer any questions.

Shetland Library's Systems Officer, David Thomson, says:

“The day is all about offering help to anyone who is looking for assistance with using gadgets or the internet. A big part of what the library offers comes through IT, and it's still the case that a lot of folk are not that confident about using services this way. We provide ebooks, online reference sites, free computers, free internet access and we publish all our service information online. All of that should be available to everybody who might want to use it. This drop-in day is one way of helping folk to develop the confidence to find information online, and share in the fullest range of what a modern library offers.”

David assures us that tea and biscuits really are included!

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