Public libraries are generally well-equipped to deliver courses for digital literacy, but the public library system in Dublin, as a whole, lags far behind the rest of the country.
We surveyed more than 20 public libraries across the country, from the west coast to the north, to find out which ones are the best places to take a digital library course.
In Dublin we found that the University of Technology, Galway was by far the best place to start, with almost 20% of people surveyed saying they had taken a digital reading course.
The next closest was the University College Dublin, which had a mere 12% saying they’d taken a course.
It was also the case in Dublin’s inner city, where only 7% of the people surveyed said they’d started a digital course at their library.
This might be because people in the city are more likely to take digital courses if they are willing to pay, but it also reflects a greater reliance on mobile devices than in other parts of the county.
“The majority of the respondents are using mobile phones and tablets, which means that it’s a challenge for them to learn how to use the computer,” said Mary Coyle, a lecturer at the university’s Digital Literacy Research Unit.
What are the digital literacy challenges? “
People want to do the course for the fun, but they’re also looking for a way to help them with digital literacy.”
What are the digital literacy challenges?
For a digital study, a person will have to complete a short quiz and answer five questions about how to navigate a website or app, or to understand a text or video.
There are a range of courses available to study online in different subject areas, including computer science, psychology, digital literacy and history.
Most digital literacy courses are offered through the National Digital Literacies Centre, which is part of the Department of Arts, Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
The Centre is also part of a digital strategy which aims to ensure that every child in Ireland has access to digital literacy at school.
This includes free access to the digital library, the National Library of Ireland’s digital audio and video library and the National Archives digital collection.
Digital literacy courses can also be taught in other public libraries, including those that are part of Irish Libraries and those that offer digital learning services.
This could include the National Information Library and the Irish Library Service.
In the past, there has been a small, but growing, number of digital libraries across Ireland, with some starting as little as 100 books.
Many of these are available for online study at a cost of €3,000 to €4,000.
However, the costs are starting to rise again, as some public libraries are starting up new digital libraries, and more and more people are starting courses online.
We also found that more and a larger proportion of people who took courses online said they used the digital libraries on a daily basis.
“Online libraries can be quite expensive,” said Ms Coyle.
What if I have any questions about my digital literacy experience? “
However, when you can get a computer, that is the biggest advantage to go to a library.”
What if I have any questions about my digital literacy experience?
Read our blog post for more information on how to find a digital education in Ireland.