Susan Smith Nash, the illustrious E-Learning Queen has made a call for Wifi and Computer labs in every nursing home. I say libraries, especially public ones, should join in on the call — but go even further. How about IT basic skills to go with the wifi? What about a little file management too?
I was lucky recently to win an iPod after answering a marketing survey. Yesterday I showed it to some older family members who thought it was just great that they could store their entire collection of Vera Lynn on a tiny little box. Now they want me to hook them up so they can run and go.
I am not sure exactly, but it seems to me that being a tech/information management guru might be a future for reference and information literacy in public libraries. Most desk requests are hold placements really. Where we can really help is by setting up the information training wheels so people can Flickr, and download MP3s and receive podcasts themselves.