Library teaches the Internet basics

TERRY KARATAU
Last updated 14:05 18/07/2012
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UPSKILL OPPORTUNITY: Computer users at libraries throughout the Rangitikei wanting to upskill will soon have access to a tutor.

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Rangitikei District Council libraries in Marton, Bulls and Taihape provide free computer access and free Wi-Fi.

"It is the fastest growing part of the service we provide," customer services manager Gaylene Prince said.

"Our libraries are humming with locals and visitors who want to stay in touch, book travel, access information and learn on websites."

Library staff often get requests to help people using the computers. They are asked to help set up an email account or download information from a USB stick or a website and are always happy to help if they can.

"Sometimes people need a hand to work out how to see their grandchildren on a YouTube clip, use Skype or check travel details and often we just don't have the time to show them," says Taihape Outreach officer Gill Duncan.

Starting next Wednesday, July 25, RDC libraries in partnership with Ruapehu REAP will start a computer course with tutor Viv Mickleson. Anyone wanting help with computer skills is invited to book a 30 minute slot.

There is no formal charge but a donation towards the tutor's time is requested.

Computer sessions must be booked in advance to ensure availability.

Mrs Mickleson is happy to work with individuals or small groups.

The pilot scheme provides an opportunity to spend time with someone who can help with the basics; emailing, accessing Facebook and Twitter, websites, and YouTube, also performing downloads, attachments, doing bookings and online banking and accessing information such as travel and weather.

The Rangitikei District Library Service has a growing online presence.

The library website offers patrons access to the library catalogue and a number of data bases including genealogy and music.

An increasing number of users download e-books, music and Tumble Books (animated e-books for children), all for free.

Kate Buckley says to contact her if you are interested or would like information.

Her contact details are; phone 06 388 0604, email taihapelib@rangitkei.govt.nz. Or to get in touch with REAP, phone 0800 00 REAP or email learning@ruapehureap.co.nz.

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