Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities that they serve.

Technology has changed the way that we consume media. This is the reason that the Drumheller Public Library decided to launch their new one on one tech tutoring.

The Library wanted to make sure that everyone had the chance to learn how to use their technology.

“We wanted to make sure that one: as many people as possible knew that, that resource was available, but also to make sure that we had knowledgeable people, and people who are prepared to work with a particular thing” says Emily Hollingshead, Director of Library Services.

There are plenty of e-resources at the Drumheller Public Library such as Hoopla, and Overdrive for downloading e-books, and audio books. Hollingshead explains, “We have our E-Resources that people are able to use here in the library, and from home, so things like Overdrive and Hoopla, that give access to e-books, audio books, movies, music, magazines and newspapers. There are also things like Mango, and Lynda.com”

The way we access and consume information has changed dramatically in the 21st century, and this presents major challenges and opportunities for our Public Library systems. Hollingshead explains “The purpose of libraries have always been to give equitable access to information and other cultural resources and entertainment like technology.” So our need for shared, community-centred spaces to find information and connect with others is unlikely to change any time soon.

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