Senior Techies SELCO/SELSMinnesota Library Association St. Cloud 2006
Senior Techies II Goals• Boost confidence• Establish email accounts• Introduce digital photography• Encourage continued use Supported by an LSTA grant from IMLS administered through the MDE Library Services and School Technology, the Minnesota state library agency.
Attendance 1,047• Ages ranged from 47 to 95• Average age—71• More women than men• Many couples
Among them were Mayors
SELCO Board Members
Wives of SELCO Board Members
And two guys claiming to be the same person!
The Classes● Basic computer● Email 1● Digital Camera● Email 2● Internet Searching
Everyone learned something● “We (my husband and I) have been struggling with email, but after these classes, Ive made a breakthrough, Im going to be able to do this.” - LaVerne in LaCrescent
About email, cameras, the Internet● “Im glad I came, I learned a lot about email, and I think I can do it now.” -Wanda, Olmsted Historical Center● “Its falling into place, Im starting to see how email works.” -Forrest, Rushford
Many positive comments from students● You make it easy to understand this camera. I know I can get my pictures on the computer now.● I hope to buy a new camera soon.
What went well• Limiting class size to two to a computer• Publicity—all the classes were full with waiting lists• Class topics were what seniors wanted• Email support by instructors
Stayconnected@yourlibrary • Email newsletter sent to all participants – 10 issues – 1 article reviewed class topic – 1 article expanded on topic – Mystery Links http://selco.info/resources/srtech/is
StayConnected Web page• Encourage libraries to link to page on SELCO Web site• Additional resources for Techies• Consolidates – Handouts – Newsletter archives http://selco.info/resources/srtech /
Why it worked • Funding for equipment, staff, travel • Planning groups • Staff dedicated to the project • Publicity • Collaboration with Community Agencies
Wonderful library staff
What we would do differentlyAdd a pre-basicclass for those whohave nevertouched a mouse
More changes• Re-order classes: group computer classes and camera classes
Buy laptops to supplement libraries’ computers
What the seniors want next
MORE!• More Internet• More digital photography• Advanced eBay selling• On-going support and classes• More newsletters