Library seeks volunteers to teach residents how to build and maintain computers

Are you interested in technology and see yourself as someone who is a teacher, good with people and wants to share your knowledge with others? If you are, the Burdekin Library wants you.

The Burdekin Library Ayr is about to embark on a new technology program which will require up to 10 community volunteers to teach people how to build and maintain a recycled computer.

Burdekin Shire Council Library Services Manager John Scott said the Creative Community Computing Project works with recycled computer hardware and Free & Open Source Software.

“This project teaches rebuilding and repairing the hardware, installing software and engaging creatively with the computer,” he said.

“When the workshop program is finished, participants take the computer home with the knowledge of how to keep them in working order.

“We are seeking expressions of interest from residents who are passionate about technology, potentially good teachers and willing to volunteer for these programs which will run once or twice a year in the Burdekin depending on the availability of recycled computers.”

Mr Scott said the Burdekin Library in conjunction with The Edge at the State Library of Queensland would hold a three-day training program from April 14-16 to teach volunteers how to run this program.

“Once you have been trained the time commitment is approximately 20 hours over five days once or twice a year,” he said.

“Each program has a maximum of 10 people at any one time and two trainers would run each workshop so you are not on your own. All teaching resources are provided and backup support will be available.”

If you are interested in volunteering, contact John Scott on 4783 9970 to make an appointment to discuss this with him.


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