26 September 2023

Libraries to teach up on digital literacy

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Victoria’s public libraries are to receive upgraded digital devices, more staff and staff training under a new digital literacy program.

Announced by the Minister for Local Government, Melissa Horne the State’s Digital Literacy for Seniors Program is to support public libraries to conduct hands-on digital training for Victorian seniors.

“Seniors needing help to navigate the ever-changing digital world will soon be able to access free training through their local library,” Ms Horne said.

“Training programs include one-to-one or small group sessions on both hardware and software topics such as how to manage mobile phones, data and apps, understanding the internet, and how to get the most out of laptops and tablets,” she said.

“The program also funds the hiring and training of staff to deliver programs, upgrade library digital devices like laptops and iPads, and minor changes to library facilities to better facilitate programs.”

Ms Horne said according to the Australian Digital Inclusion Index, older people were most likely to be excluded from a range of digital activities.

She said Victorians over the age of 50 now made up more than 35 per cent of public library users, with 17.2 per cent aged over 70.

“Local libraries are a trusted source of information in the community – what better place for our senior citizens to learn great new skills for the digital age,” the Minister said.

“This is about growing practical knowledge, building confidence and providing the opportunity for people to expand their social networks.”

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