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Libraries NI launches Digital Citizen Project

Libraries NI has launched an exciting new Digital Citizen Project in Falls Road Library with members of the local community, neighbourhood renewal groups and government colleagues including those from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and Department for Communities in attendance. 

The Digital Citizen Project, delivered by Libraries NI and funded by the Department for Communities, aims to deliver 2000 digital learning opportunities in libraries and in community settings by March 2019.

L – R   Deborah Brown, Deputy Secretary Department for Communities, Philip Spotswood, Life Opportunities Branch Department for Communities and Jim O’Hagan, Libraries NI Chief Executive launch the Digital Citizen Project. 

Through delivering free tailored training programmes, group sessions and one to one support, the dedicated Digital Citizen Project trainers can help adults develop the digital skills required to become a Digital Citizen. They will train participants to use digital technology confidently to communicate, find information and purchase goods and services.

Libraries NI Chief Executive Jim O’Hagan said;

“Digital skills are now a necessary life skill, digital literacy is every bit as important as the ability to read and write. Through the Digital Citizen Project we are equipping participants with the digital skills and experience to help improve their confidence, skills levels and their ability to engage and interact more fully in the digitally enabled world in which we live.

“Libraries play an important role in helping connect people to new digital skills and we welcome this opportunity to build effective partnerships with groups and individuals across Northern Ireland. Libraries are at the heart of the community and with the provision of free to use public access computers and a reliable broadband network available in all branches; libraries are perfectly placed to help promote digital literacy.”

L – R   Deborah Brown, Deputy Secretary Department for Communities, Philip Spotswood, Life Opportunities Branch Department for Communities, Jim O’Hagan, Libraries NI Chief Executive and Helen Osborn Libraries NI Director of Library Services 

Deborah Brown, Deputy Secretary at the Department for Communities said; 

“The adult digital literacy programme aims to tackle the serious digital skills deficit in Northern Ireland by delivering digital learning opportunities in an accessible form across the public library network.  

“The investment (£170k) provided by the Department will help people living in our most deprived areas and rural areas, people with disabilities and older people access necessary life skills for everyday activities like shopping, banking, advice and information that require interaction with technology.  

“I am delighted to support digital literacy to enable people to fulfil their potential and to engage fully in society.”

The Digital Citizen Project offers free training sessions to groups and individuals in target areas. To book a session or find out more information please email​ or contact your local library.