When it comes to providing digital access and bridging the digital divide, public libraries have been at the forefront of the battle for years. Every day, Free Library of Philadelphia staff champion these efforts by providing public computer access, targeted computer classes, and community outreach. As librarians, we understand that the “digital divide” isn’t a one size fits all term. It can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. This is important to understand, as computer literacy is now more essential than ever before.
Do you need an email account for job searching? Are you looking to reconnect with your family over Facebook? Or, are you just curious about why Twitter is so #popular?
Bridging the digital divide means more than just ensuring access- it’s helping people understand the tools which are available to improve their everyday lives. Throughout Philly Tech Week 2015, Free Library staff and partners will be promoting our "Access Drive"-- giving patrons extra time to sign up for email or *social media accounts. Tech-savvy specialists will be available to walk you step by step through the process, and answer any questions you may have along the way.
Our goal for improving digital access for Philly Tech Week 2015 is to help create as many new email and social media/networking accounts for our patrons as possible. During the week of April 20th (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) librarians at Parkway Central in the Business, Science and Industry Department and the Workplace are setting aside computers to facilitate sign ups and to allow patrons extra time to explore their new accounts. In addition, Digital Resource Specialists have set up the following locations and times:
Lillian Marrero Library | 601 W. Lehigh Avenue, Monday-Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Heavenly Hall Annex | 4015 Poplar Street, Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries | 1939 W. Venango Street, Monday-Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This is YOUR chance to ask about social media, and have one-on-one assistance in learning a new skill to help improve your everyday life.
Learn to tweet us @FLPbusiness using hashtags #FLPtech #PTW15 – or just help spread the word if you’re already a pro!
*If you have questions about other social media options besides those listed, don’t be afraid to come by for assistance! We’re here to help!