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Libraries helping locals unlock the digital world

Libraries Tasmania is helping people improve their digital literacy skills with a variety of engaging workshops in Rosny and Sorell.

The free sessions will provide hands-on experiences with trained mentors that help individuals manage the often-daunting landscape of online tools essential in daily life.

Libraries Tasmania digital inclusion and adult learning coordinator Josie Hurst said the sessions supported people and helped build their confidence when working with digital programs.

“Proper digital literacy can be an incredibly powerful tool in today’s world but equally damaging when there is a lack of knowledge of how to utilise it properly,” she said.

“This year, we have developed our sessions to become more engaging in response to feedback from previous programs.

“The sessions provide support for those in the community who need to use technology in their daily lives but haven’t been provided these learning importunities in the past.”

Upcoming digital literacy sessions, all available at Rosny Library, will explore a diverse range of topics including using digital tools in language, accessing apps in nature and managing your digital legacy.

“Our ‘unlocking languages with technology’ sessions in March will align with Harmony Day and help people working with translation tools and exploring different cultures,” Ms Hurst said.

“The ‘digital wilderness’ sessions in April will cater to Tasmanians who want to explore this beautiful state and utilise digital tools to enhance their experiences.

“Often our most popular program, ‘your digital legacy’ in May will explore what needs to be done with your digital footprint, saved material and social profiles after you pass away.”

Sessions can be booked on the Libraries Tasmania website libraries.tas.gov.au or by calling 1800 808 303.

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