Introducing Porirua Library's New Digital Inclusion Librarian
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Hilary Beaton
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Introducing Porirua Library's New Digital Inclusion Librarian

Porirua Libraries now have the services of a librarian whose passion is digital literacy.

Digital literacy is just a fancy way of "getting smart" with digital technology. Thanks to The New Zealand Library Partnerships Programme, Porirua Libraries now has the services of a librarian whose passion is sharing her IT skills.

“I was not searching for full-time job. But I saw this opportunity. Digital inclusion – exactly wanted to do! I was lucky because it is a dream job. I wanted to work in a library and IT is my specialist area.

Noha arrived in New Zealand five years ago with her husband and children. “Not many countries accept skilled immigrants," says Noha, "but New Zealand does and we heard this was the place to bring up children. Good people here.”

After finishing her studies in IT and receiving a Masters’ degree in environmental studies, Noha joined the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a major contemporary library and cultural centre on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. The library has space for eight million books, with the main reading room covering 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft). They have specialised collections for maps, spaces for multimedia, and programmes for the blind and visually impaired, young people, and children.

According to Noha the library is part of a larger complex that is home to a conference centre; four museums; four art galleries for temporary exhibitions; 15 permanent exhibitions; a planetarium; and a manuscript restoration laboratory. Her role was working in IT, training staff, technical writing and initiating IT projects.

Cannon’s Creek Coding Club is a long way from where Noha began her love of libraries and learning, but she has been instrumental in helping the Porirua library users build their digital literacy skills using the public computers to format their CVs as online documents and print as hard copy.

Her focus is adults: Stepping Up. Skinny Jump. And more recently, a new initiative Partnership with Kanorau Digital -  a free digital skills course to help you find your way in the digital world. Find out more about "what's happening" at Porirua Library.

“People don’t know we have these programmes. But word of mouth is working. People doing the courses are happy. They come back with questions and sign up for more." says Noha.

 

Photo: Noha at the Cannons Creek Library after school programme. Cannons Creek Library is a vital community hub for Porirua East where digital literacy for children is supported using coding club activities.

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