For Immediate Release
June 07, 2012
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BOSTON - June 7, 2012 – With Learning for Life Online , the Boston Public Library (BPL) has created a free, online program for those stepping cautiously into the world of computers and for those who are already comfortable with e-commerce and e-books, but who may just want to learn about the latest new site everyone is talking about.
“This learning tool is geared to meet users wherever they are and however deep their familiarity with technology is,” said Jennifer Koerber, BPL web services librarian and Learning for Life Online coordinator. “Anyone with access to a computer or smart phone and an internet connection has the chance to learn.”
Boston Public Library staff developed the innovative program in order to provide users with a simple way to learn from anywhere at any time. Subjects addressed through Learning for Life Online include questions librarians are asked frequently and other trending topics about new internet tools.
Every week, a new lesson is posted to the Learning for Life Online blog at http://blog.bpl.org/lifeonline/ . Each post describes an online tool or offers suggestions for safe and interesting ways to live and work online. Participants can also follow along with Learning for Life Online via Facebook and Twitter.
Talking to beginners, the blog posts explain not just how to use Facebook, Pinterest, or any internet tool, but also why people might want to use them and what needs they fill. Recent topics include social gaming, new search engines, and using Facebook settings to provide the level of privacy an individual user chooses.
For those who need a place to start, the Boston Public Library offers free computer and wireless access at all of its locations