Get Online Week morning tea and information session

Burdekin Library is inviting people to come along and learn more about the library’s electronic resources.  Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin says the event, taking place at the Burdekin Library on Monday 15 October at 10:30am, gives everyone the opportunity to make the most of the internet.

“During the Get Online morning tea, Council’s Library staff will host a short information session regarding the various online services offered by the Burdekin Libraries, such as our movie streaming, eBook and eAudiobook platforms,” Cr McLaughlin said.  “Staff will also go through step-by-step how to use the Library’s online catalogue, which allows members to reserve physical books at any time. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own tablet and library membership card to allow staff to help in setting up member’s online accounts.”

Running from October 15-21, Get Online Week will see hundreds of community events take place across the country.  It is the first time the campaign has been held in Australia, after 11 successful years in the UK where hundreds of thousands of people have been supported. The campaign aims to support the two and a half million Australians who are not online.

Jess Wilson, National Director for Good Things Foundation, the organisation running the campaign, says “Get Online Week will help thousands of people across Australia to improve their digital skills – whether they’ve never been online before, or have done a little but want to do more. There is free and friendly support in hundreds of communities, and so whatever you want to do online, you can find the support to do it.”

Burdekin Shire Council Library Services Manager Alexis Adams says many Burdekin residents are cautious to transition to digital services.

“Through this event, we’re hoping to not only let people know about what services we have, but also encourage those members of the community who may be nervous about getting online to do so with better support.”

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