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Recognition for Library Service

Created on 18/10/2016 @ 08:34
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A council service has been recognised for excellence in digital inclusion after achieving a national standard, Powys County Council has announced.

The council’s Library Service has been awarded Digital Inclusion Charter Mark by Digital Communities Wales.

The accreditation means that the service has attained a high standard set by Digital Communities Wales. Libraries are considered worthy of the Charter Mark for their activities, best practice and innovation around digital inclusion.

The service encourages and supports staff and volunteers to get online and have the confidence to develop their basic digital skills, helping organisations and members of the public to embrace ICT and digital provision.

According to recent research published by the BBC, 21% of Britain’s population lack the basic digital skills and capabilities required to realise the benefits of the internet. A third of small and medium enterprises don’t have a website, and if voluntary, community and social enterprises are included, this figure rises to 50%.

This lack of skills is important, as an estimated full digital take up could see the UK realise a further £63 billion to the economy.

Cllr Graham Brown, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Library Services, said: “This inclusive culture means that library staff have been recognised for their supportive role promoting computer and digital resources, especially to those people who simply don’t have access to the internet or a basic computer.

“Libraries have often been the only dedicated free computer space in local and rural areas. They provide ‘drop in sessions’ with staff and partner groups, on how to use tools such as laptops, computers, digital devices and ‘online’ content in libraries and at home.”

Kay Thomas, the council’s Principal Librarian, said: “This Charter is also an important recognition of the hard work and commitment to the public from our valued library staff, who underpin our ethos that libraries are there to remove barriers and open up access to information and learning for everyone.

“Libraries offer a good deal for those needing a quiet space for free computer and internet use, which is great for those filling in applications, updating their CV’s, studying on-line, or keeping in touch with family and friends.”

Find out more at your local library

PICTURE: Senior Library Assistant, Lynda Simmons demonstrating ICT skills with Library Assistant Jenny Lowe.


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