Digital tools for library visitors

2015-10-27 06:00
A state-of-the-art American Corner learning centre has opened at the Central Library to give residents access to hi-tech digital equipment like iPads, Chromebooks, MacBooks, digital cameras, video production equipment and creative software.

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A state-of-the-art American Corner learning centre has opened at the Central Library to give residents access to hi-tech digital equipment like iPads, Chromebooks, MacBooks, digital cameras, video production equipment and creative software. PHOTO:

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A R3.5m state-of-the-art learning centre is open at the Central Library in a partnership of the council and the US consulate.

This “American Corner” will give residents access to hi-tech digital equipment like iPads, Chromebooks, MacBooks, digital cameras, video production equipment and creative software, funded by the consulate.

The space for the American Corner has been provided free of charge and the City will provide the internet access for the various devices, explains Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects.

“Our library services officials will play a supporting role in the various facets of this space and arrange regular cultural and educational programmes. Our library users will have endless knowledge at their fingertips through this innovative hub,” she says.

Workshops and classes will also be held at the American Corner.

Over 100 libraries in the city provide internet access to visitors. Walker says the Wi-Fi expansion at libraries is well under way too.

“We have also started the roll-out of free Wi-Fi at City buildings and set ourselves a target of providing a free Wi-Fi hotspot in every ward in the next three years,” she says.

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