Digital Literacy WorkshopsAs more people access news online, major news outlets have been forced to adjust the way they distribute the news. Economic realities have additionally forced some major publications, including The Plain Dealer, to restrict home circulation and drive more people to a website to access information digitally. To help local readers better understand the technology and processes for accessing this news, Cleveland Public Library partnered with The Northeast Ohio Media Group to host a series of digital literacy workshops. The well-attended sessions included an overview of the technology and basic skills to access an array of information using the Internet, cleveland.com and the new e-edition of The Plain Dealer.
In late 2013 as part of our digital literacy training initiative, the Library purchased six Smart Boards for pre-school and after-school tutoring use, as well as four Tech Tool Boxes, which will include, among other tools, Microsoft surface tablets, Kindles, Nooks and iPads. Three of the Tech Tool Boxes will rotate between the Library branches, while one will be dedicated for use in Mobile Services and targeted specifically to educating senior audiences.