State Library of Louisiana

Louisiana Libraries Connecting People to Their Potential

The Louisiana Libraries Connecting People to Their Potential project plans to deploy more than 760 computer workstations to meet the needs of every library in the state library system. The program will encompass 340 libraries in 64 parishes. In addition, the project expects to establish wireless hotspots and deliver broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps in each location, and will deploy four mobile computer and training labs to provide enhanced broadband training opportunities to deliver targeted Internet and job skills training

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State Library offers online digital literacy classes

The State Library of Louisiana’s BTOP project, “Louisiana Libraries: Connecting People to Their Potential,” has held more than 1,200 free digital literacy and software classes and will supply 640 laptop computers to libraries throughout the state by the end of the year. With these efforts, the State Library seeks to improve the workforce skills of Louisiana citizens and provide a solid economic foundation for strengthening Louisiana communities.

The free classes offer provide workers and job seekers the technology skills needed to succeed in the digital economy, including professional-grade classes in the most widely used business software, such as Microsoft® Office, Adobe® Creative Suite, and Quicken®. Louisianans also can take business skills classes to improve their proficiency on topics like Getting Your Job Search Started, Mastering the Interview, and Business Etiquette. Additional training helps people make maximum use of technology with classes in Computer Foundations, Introduction to Home Wireless Setup, and Home Computer Security.

In addition to the classes, the State Library will deploy 10 Internet-ready laptops to each parish, so citizens can borrow them through their local library and connect to any hot spot to get online. The primary goal is to promote broadband use so that citizens may become comfortable and familiar with this technology. The State Library also created the Louisiana Jobs & Career Center website, www.lajacc.org, which offers career tools and displays searchable job postings for the public.

Last Updated October 18, 2011.

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