Mission: Digital Literacy for All
Helping members of our community better understand and make use of information technology.
Showing people how to access technology resources effectively, efficiently and safely.
During spring semester 2005, the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) teamed up with public library colleagues in the area to offer computer and information literacy classes free to the general public. The classes began at the Chapel Hill Public Library in the spring, and expanded to the Orange County Library’s Cybrary during the summer of 2005. In the fall of 2006, the program expanded to the Durham County Public Library in downtown Durham, and in the spring of 2011, these classes moved to the Southwest Branch.
Classes are currently offered at the Cybrary, Chapel Hill Public Library and the Durham County Southwest Regional Library. Volunteer librarians and library students from UNC-Chapel Hill design and team teach the classes, while the librarians from the public libraries coordinate registration and promotion. Class topics range from beginner-level computer basics to more advanced Internet research skills on everything from evaluating health information to writing a resume.