If the thought of going online leaves you in a cold sweat, now could be the time to take advantage of the Otago Polytechnic’s Digital Outreach Programme. Blueskin Bay residents have free access to internet-ready computers in the welcoming environment of the new library and, with the help of the Otago Polytechnic Digital Outreach Programme, those who need a helping hand with the technology will receive it. Otago Polytechnic has provided two computers to the Blueskin Bay Library in Waitati to allow people to hone their computer skills via free online courses, without having to drive into town.
“It’s a nice way to connect with the community,” says Otago Polytechnic Digital Outreach Facilitator, Craig West. “We hope visitors to the Blueskin Bay Library will feel encouraged to give some of our online programmes a go. We’ve tried to create an environment which is friendly, accommodating and comfortable.”
Both computers have several free online programmes available including the recently launched Otago Polytechnic National Certificate in Computing through WikiEducator. Other programmes include free tutorials in computer basics, Microsoft Office, Google, reading, maths, Facebook and more.
Blueskin Bay Librarian Louise Booth is thrilled to have Otago Polytechnic’s support. “These resources help our local community enormously and we’re proud to offer yet another free service to the residents of the Blueskin Bay area.”
Library computers are available for use throughout library opening hours: Monday - Thursday 2pm - 6pm, Friday 10am – 12 noon and 2pm - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm. The Blueskin Bay Library is located at 26 Harvey St, Waitati.