SINGAPORE – A new and complementary electronic proficiency program focused on seniors was released by the National Library Board (NLB) on Friday (Feb 26).
Referred To As the Collection Learning Journey, it will be held across 25 public libraries in Singapore, with one-hour sessions monthly on a variety of subjects, including exactly how to access e-Newspapers, Wireless @ SGx, using QR codes, and using the spruced up NLB mobile application.
Collectively developed with the Infocomm Media Advancement Authority (IMDA) as well as the SG Digital Office, the program is targeted at senior citizens, however, is additionally available to all locals.
Talking to reporters at Tampines Regional Library, Senior Priest of State for Communications as well as Information Sim Ann claimed the duty of collections has actually developed with raised digitalization in culture. Collections are now seen as finding out centers where individuals might involve pick up new abilities, she stated.
Ms Sim, who was the visitor of honor at the launch, stated: “I think numerous (elders) acknowledge that digitalization is below to remain. However, I assume in some cases they still need a bit of motivation and also a little bit of personalized assistance to acquire that confidence to grasp the brand-new abilities. I believe having a place where they can go back to freshen what they have actually forgotten is really crucial.”
The sessions will be conducted in groups of 4, led by skilled electronic ambassadors from IMDA. Seniors can join electronic ambassadors at the libraries.
To complement the launch of the program, NLB overhauled its mobile application with brand-new attributes such as personal publication referrals.
NLB’s head of digital readiness, Mr Darren Chia, said Covid-19 showed people the value of digital solutions, specifically with movement constraints.
All town libraries here were closed from April to June in 2014, with just digital services available online and on the mobile app.
Mr Chia claimed: “We actually felt that it was time to increase getting seniors extra digitally experienced to utilize particular services due to the fact that we can not take for provided that these points will constantly be readily available in the physical style.”
He additionally added that libraries are dreamlands for understanding, specifically for those that may be frightened of picking up electronic skills.
Mr Chia stated: “It’s about producing a very risk-free area, a friendly setting, and permitting them to discover at their very own speed.”
Tampines resident Cheryl Tiong, 59, was among the participants at a session held at the Tampines Regional Library on Friday on exactly how to utilize the NLB mobile application to gain access to electronic books.
At First, Madam Tiong said she was a little worried about using the Internet but was much less afraid after she picked up some digital abilities throughout the pandemic.
Madam Tiong claimed: “I think electronic books are convenient due to the fact that I’m active and don’t have time to decrease to obtain books. I’m interested to know what the collections have to supply and also if there is anything brand-new that I do not find out about.”