Technology Improvement Award Granted To Marian Sutherland Kirby Library

The Marian Sutherland Kirby Library in Mountaintop has received a technology improvement award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine: Mid-Atlantic Region. The award was used to purchase two new large screen desktop computers for the library that support the unique needs of older adults. Each computer has a large print keyboard, large touchscreen monitor, a mouse designed for older adults, and headphones to help block noise and increase hearing capability. By adding two computers designed for older adults, the MSKL is addressing the technology needs of older adults and increasing older adult’s access to online health information.

Library staff will also provide free, scheduled one-on-one computer training sessions with patrons age 50 and up. These computer training sessions will focus on (1) basic computer use and (2) finding and using reliable online health information resources such as MedlinePlus and NIH Senior Health. All classes will be taught on the library’s new desktop computers.

The mission of these computer courses is to increase the information literacy and health literacy skills of older adults. Not only do we show you how to access online health information, but how to evaluate health information websites so you can feel confident searching for health information online.

Call the library today at 570-474-9313 or visit us at 35 Kirby Avenue, Mountaintop, to schedule your one-on-one training session with a library staff member. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced computer user, you can learn something new. Sessions can include anything from learning basic mouse skills to mastering online health information websites. Each session is designed around your unique computer needs. Please note that sessions will not cover email, social media, or any other topics but will focus on basic computer skills and finding and evaluating health information online.

This project has been funded in whole with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.