How computer savvy are you? Do you know how to navigate different programs - or are you stuck at the "Start" button? The Quincy Public Library is here to help...and it could even help land you a job.
The library offers "technology tutors" - or volunteers who will sit with you for a half hour and teach you computer skills one-on-one. They originally had just one tutor - but librarians say they had so many requests, they added a second volunteer.
One couple came into the Quincy Public Library with their brand new laptop in the box - relying on technology tutor William Utterback to show them how to work it. "We see a wide range of people, and we see them at all ages that have not familiarized themselves with a computer," says reference librarian Bobbi Mock.
She says they tutor on everything from email help, to Internet know-how, to downloading library materials on to E-readers. Utterback says - technology know-how is rarer than you might think. "To me, it's not just that older generation - because, like I said, I've seen a lot of students on campus who do not know as much as they think they do," he says.
Mock says one common question they get is how to fill out a job application online. She says that's an important skill to learn, because some employers see the process as indicative on how a person would do as an employee. "Online job applications are really a self weeding tool and job seekers fill them out and employers know that you have the computer skills to do this job," she says.
Utterback says in this day and age - having some basic computer know-how just makes sense. "The technology is just progressing forward, and it is moving to an automated world, and it's not going back."
If you would like to set up a session with a technology tutor, call the Quincy Public Library. The service is free.
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