Library Launches Digital Learning Lab
The Millinocket Memorial Library is excited to announce the launch of the Digital Learning Lab, a grant-funded initiative supported by the Gloria C. MacKenzie Foundation and administered by the Millinocket Memorial Library.
The Digital Learning Lab is a multi-tiered initiative supporting emerging digital literacy needs in the Katahdin Region. The DLL program focuses on three strategic areas: expanding access to digital technology for all community members, improving awareness of community resources around digital literacy, and delivering a variety of engaging workshops, boot camps, and other learning opportunities for community members.
As part of its commitment to digital learning, the library has added over a dozen new desktop computers, laptop computers, tablets, and a variety of audio-video equipment, all available for loan at the library. In addition to providing access to thousands of new software programs and apps, the new equipment allows patrons to more seamlessly connect to the library’s gigabit broadband internet connection and access information and resources relating to healthcare, employment, and other essential services. Digital Learning Lab equipment also connects with free wi-fi hotspots provided by the library at Veterans’ Memorial Park and the recreation pool at Stearns High School, as well as the free wi-fi corridor provided by Our Katahdin on Penobscot Ave.
Supported by a team of students and volunteers and led by the library’s newest staff member, Digital Learning Coordinator Taylor Sulander, the Digital Learning Lab expands on the library’s current technology offerings. Workshops will include introductory classes for a variety of devices and platforms, multi-media photo and video production, navigation of online portals ranging from healthcare to employment services, social media marketing, and coding.
Workshops begin the week of June 18. Workshop space is limited, so early registration is encouraged for those interested in attending one of the first three workshops: Smartphone Photography and Editing (Mondays from noon to 2 PM), Social Media Privacy and Protection (Wednesdays from 11 AM to 1 PM), and Graphic Design (Fridays from noon to 2 PM). To register for a workshop, call the library at 723-7020 or email Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Digital Learning Lab will hold open hours for one-on-one help every Tuesday from 4 PM to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to noon, starting on Saturday, June 9.
The Digital Learning Lab is made possible through support by the Gloria C. MacKenzie Foundation. If you have any questions about the Digital Learning Lab or its services, or if you would like to set up an appointment at the Digital Learning Lab, please email Taylor Sulander or call the library at 723-7020.