WCPL offers new resource to sharpen digital skills

WCPL offers new resource to sharpen digital skills

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Wayne County Public Library now has a new resource, Northstar Digital Literacy, for anyone looking to improve their skills with computers, software or technology.

Northstar Digital Literacy is a self-directed assessment and learning tool that covers a variety of technology scenarios. It comes with short lessons and practice exercises to improve skills on a number of common computer topics. The Northstar resource is available 24/7 on the library webpage, and library staff are available to help with the resource during regular hours. All WCPL libraries have computers available for the public. Northstar can help anyone master the digital skills to work, learn and participate in daily life.

“We are very excited to offer this new resource to our community,” said Jennifer Shatzer, WCPL director. “We hope that people will take advantage of this free resource to learn new skills or brush up on old ones. It’s also a great resource for local employers who want to increase their employees’ digital-literacy skills. It’s free, easy to use, and we have staff at the library to help guide you.”

To use Northstar, go to the library website at www.wcpl.info. Choose Find Information from the top menu. Scroll down to Northstar Digital Literacy and launch.

Interactive digital literacy test topics include:

—Basic computer skills.

—Internet basics.

—Using email.

—Windows and Mac operating systems.

—Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

—Google Docs.

—Career search skills.

—Supporting k-12 distance learning.

—Social media and your digital footprint.

Ohio library access to Northstar is funded through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services ARPA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

For more information visit WCPL at www.wcpl.info.

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