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  • How could we find a way to be sure those who need the basic come to basic? It was a problem in some libraries when new people showed up and didn’t know the vocabulary or basic commands…
  • More than once, students would say, “What’s next week?” and were very disappointed that we were at class 5.


  • 1. Senior Techies SELCO/SELSMinnesota Library Association St. Cloud 2006
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 14 libraries—70 classes
  • 4. There were 243 Techies in the classes
  • 5. Attendance 1,047• Ages ranged from 47 to 95• Average age—71• More women than men• Many couples
  • 6. Among them were Mayors
  • 7. SELCO Board Members
  • 8. Wives of SELCO Board Members
  • 9. The Skeptical
  • 10. Theconfused
  • 11. TheStudious
  • 12. And two guys claiming to be the same person!
  • 13. The Classes● Basic computer● Email 1● Digital Camera● Email 2● Internet Searching
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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.
  • 17. 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
  • 18. 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
  • 19. 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 /
  • 20. Why it worked • Funding for equipment, staff, travel • Planning groups • Staff dedicated to the project • Publicity • Collaboration with Community Agencies
  • 21. Wonderful library staff
  • 22. What we would do differentlyAdd a pre-basicclass for those whohave nevertouched a mouse
  • 23. More changes• Re-order classes: group computer classes and camera classes
  • 24. Buy laptops to supplement libraries’ computers
  • 25. What the seniors want next
  • 26. MORE!• More Internet• More digital photography• Advanced eBay selling• On-going support and classes• More newsletters
  • 27. Senior Techies