Many libraries are working hard to increase the level of digital literacy in their communities. Whether it's structured and scheduled classes or one-to-one assistance, library instruction helps people take advantage of all the opportunities that technology can provide.
Nathan Carr, IT Supervisor at the Newton Public Library (KS), asked fellow library technology trainers in the Facebook Technology Training and Libraries group, "What classes are you planning on teaching this coming year?" And he shared his own creative list of monthly classes for 2013:
January "Fix Yourself: How-to Repair a Slooooow Computer"
February "Socialize Yourself Online: Fun Yet Safe"
March "Sell Yourself : Cover Letters, Resumes and Beyond"
April "Don’t Fool Yourself: Defensive Computing"
May "Find Yourself: Maps, GPS & Geocache"
June "Search Your World: Research Online and at Your Library"
July "Broadcast Yourself: Podcasting , Videocasting & Screencasting"
August "Document Yourself: Office Suite Comparisons and Uses"
September "Audiophile Yourself - Digital Music: Gadgets, Downloading and Streaming"
October "Scare Yourself: Prevent Internet Security Horrors"
November "Google Yourself: Email, Calendars, Online Storage etc."
December "Save Yourself: Free Software & Money Saving Sites"
What classes are offered at your library? I like Nathan's list and I think it's great that he plans so far ahead. Throughout the year as he comes across great sites, he can keep track of them for the different classes he's going to be teaching. I also think it's great that the Facebook group for library technology trainers exists so that people can share ideas with one another (and handouts and PowerPoints and more).
What resources have been helpful to you when planning digital literacy training for your library? Have you found certain books and websites especially useful? Do you share training resources with other libraries?