How finkelstein library adds value to the community
Finkelstein Library Adds Value to the Community<br />
FML Adds Value to the Community by:<br />Providing the Library as a Place<br />Bridging the Digital Divide<br />Offering Assistance in a variety of ways<br />Providing Real-time Access through the use of Mobile Devices<br />
FML providEs the library as a place for:<br /><ul><li>Community and Cultural Events,
Finding information on Health and Wellness issues
Leisure Activities - relaxation and enjoyment of a good book, game, movie or story...
Self-empowerment - where Information Literacy, Life Skills and Life-Long Learning take place, and
Staying Fit by providing exercise classes for your body and training workshops for your mind.</li></li></ul><li>Bridging the Digital-Divide<br />FML provides:<br /> <br />Free broadband and Wireless access to the Internet and electronic resources<br />Free training in the use of technology (computers and laptops) and software applications.<br />Literacy Stations<br />
Bridging the Digital-Divide (cont.)<br />FML provides:<br /><ul><li>Mobile Devices/eReaders (iPad and iPod Touch / Kindle, Nook, Sony) for comparison and aiding patrons in making informed decisions prior to purchasing, as well as in training to show how to download eBooks, etc.
Assistance with lifelong learning activities related to computing /eResources
Distance Learning opportunities for students—accessing and taking exams, collaborating with colleagues and teachers regarding assignments, etc.</li></li></ul><li> Offering Assistance<br />FML’s Robert H. Finkelstein Technology Center provides assistance in:<br />The use of the computer systems, software applications, and electronic resources<br />Self-empowering Workshops <br />Printing documents/maps/directions<br />Creating reports and resumes<br />Doing research <br />
Offering Assistance (Cont.)<br />FML’s Robert H. Finkelstein Technology Center provides assistance in:<br /><ul><li>Creating /accessing e-mail accounts
Locating job websites, filling out job applications, developing resumes, as well as, cutting and pasting resumes to job sites </li></li></ul><li>Offering Assistance (Cont.) <br /><ul><li>Filling-out and printing Green Card / Visa information / government forms
Geolocation (a picture/description of a specific location)
Assisting patrons in sending health results to a doctor via a laptop, and
Creating, editing , and uploading pictures to social network sites / grandparents / friends</li></li></ul><li>Rate of Return on Bridging the Digital-Divide and Providing Assistance:<br /><ul><li>At the end of 2010, approximately 119,525 patrons used the Computers within the Library to access the Internet for jobs, electronic resources, health information, research, schoolwork, social networking, games, email access and community activities —
70% (2/3+) were assisted by staff within the RHF’s Tech Center. </li></li></ul><li>National Statistics on the Use of Computers within the Library<br />According to Lee Rainie (Pew Project Report for 2010*) :<br /><ul><li>2/3 of library connection users sought assistance from library staff
60% of library connectors use them for social purposes
33% for community engagement</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Online social networks, plus ubiquitous mobility, allows for instant creation of networks by people. Why? It makes them feel that they have access to more friends in their networks when/if needed.</li></li></ul><li>Providing real-time access throughthe use of mobile devices<br />Mobile devices ( i.e. Smartphones, Netbooks, iPads, iPod Touch, eReaders…) have added to the various ways patrons communicate and add value to their local and wide-area communities using social networks, and their ability to instantly access resources and download them to their devices. <br />To assist patrons in their endeavors the Technology Center has created a variety of brochures pertaining to the use of mobile devices, downloading audio-books, eBooks, etc., and provides assistance in how to use them within the Technology Center and at home, telephonically.<br />
Providing real-time access through the use of mobile devices (cont.)<br /><ul><li>The Library’s new ILS system makes it possible for real-time access by mobile devices. </li></ul> <br />Coming soon…<br /><ul><li>“AirPAC.” A catalog for mobile library-users, allowing access whether the users are riding a bus, waiting for a class to start, or browsing a bookstore or library stacks. </li></li></ul><li>Providing real-time access through the use of mobile devices (cont.)<br />Coming soon…<br /><ul><li>Other resources / apps are currently being added:
QRCodes (Quick Response Codes- allows you to instantly learn more about a location/business/information
GeoLocation (find places recommended by people),
Tagging (Keywords)</li></ul> to assist patrons in quickly finding the information they need while using mobile devices.<br /><ul><li>Providing literacy training in the following areas: screen (graphics & symbols), navigation, connection & context, skeptism & ethical behavior, and content creation /tagging.
Creating visibility on specific social sites with search boxes, etc that will allow quick access to the Library’s information.</li></li></ul><li> Percentage of Owners of Electronic Devices and Statistics via Pew Internet Project: <br />
Percentage of Cell Phone Owners and Wireless Internet Use: <br />
Current, content creation on the Internet measured by Pew Internet Project <br />
According to Pew, The Value Added to the Community by Libraries helping to bridge the digital divide : <br />
Adding value<br />FML is continuously looking for ways to extend its Library’s services to its patrons and the community-at-large<br />Your support is paramount in helping us to continue to serve you better<br />
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