The Girard Free Library now has a new resource, Northstar Digital Literacy, for anyone looking to improve their skills with computers, software, or technology. Northstar Digital Literacy is a self-directed assessment and learning tool that covers a variety of technology scenarios. It comes complete with short lessons and practice exercises to improve skills on a number of common computer topics. The Northstar resource is available 24x7 on the library webpage, and library staff are available to help with the resource during regular hours.
Interactive digital literacy test topics include:
- Basic Computer Skills
- Internet Basics
- Using Email
- Windows and Mac Operating Systems
- Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Google Docs
- Career Search Skills
- Supporting K-12 Distance Learning
- Social Media and Your Digital Footprint
We also offer certification of digital skills in conjunction with Northstar Digital Literacy. Members of the public can schedule an appointment or come to the library for a proctored testing time. For those who pass the assessments, the library will certify the results. This certification can be useful for both job seekers who want to demonstrate their proficiency and employers who are seeking assurance of skills.
Ohio library access to Northstar is funded through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services ARPA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.