Over the last six months, the wehearttech C.I.C. team have been working with libraries to up-skill their staff and support them to develop their digital offers for children and young people. As part of this CPD programme, workshops on topics such as designing digital offers, using social media, getting to grips with WordPress, core animation skills and much more have been delivered. The delivery team has comprised of Hayley Trowbridge founding Director of wehearttech C.I.C., Rachel Brewster from Little Vintage Photography, Liz Smart from Code Clubs North West and Jo Morfee from Liverpool Girl Geeks. This awesome tour de force of digital have been sharing their expertise of delivering tech activities with librarians across the North West.
Feedback from library workers who access the CPD programme has been overwhelmingly positive, if we do say so ourselves! The attendees valued the practical and achievable nature of the skills being taught. The workshops covered skills, activities and tasks that libraries could easily put into practice without the need for expensive kit or additional training.
Talking about the skills gained in the coding sessions, one attendee noted that they “[L]earned lots of cool new ways of coding and I have lots of ideas for library events” and in respect to the digital storytelling workshop an attendee noted that they were leaving with ““lots of new ideas, skills and inspiration”. Since the sessions the libraries involved have been busy formulating ideas as to how to make the most of their training. This has included planning their own projects… and one library service is on the way to creating their own App… an idea that originated from their CPD sessions!
So, what next? We’ve put all of the learning from this CPD programme into a toolkit – Getting To Grips With Digital. The toolkit is for libraries wanting to enhance their digital offers for children and young people and it will support libraries to deliver digital sessions. The toolkit provides libraries with simple how-to guides so that they can deliver digital drop-ins (self-led activities), tech tasters (introductory workshops) and practical projects (collaborative tasks). Watch this space for when we launch it!