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  • Tech Access | Kansas City Public Library

    Need technology help? Tech Access is a FREE service provided by the Kansas City Public Library to help patrons learn how to use computers and other digital tools. Schedule an Appointment See Activities Schedule Explore Resources Serving the greater Kansas City area. Learn more about technology services and resources available to you. Learner Build Digital Skills Begin exploring resources shared with you to develop your technology skills and get access to digital devices and tools online or in-person. View More Partner Work Together Start partnering with us to access digital training resources, work together on digital inclusion, and stay updated on Library events. View More Volunteer Make an Impact Start helping our local community gain digital skills required for employment, civic participation, and access to essential services. View More

  • Self-Guided Learning | Tech Access | KCPL

    Start learning online These online courses are available to you anytime, anywhere. Practice and develop your computer skills and digital tools skills to grow your knowledge, career, and/or business. ​ Prefer in person help? Visit us at a drop-in or schedule an appointment. ​ View activities calendar → Schedule an appointment → Courses DigitalLearn Basic Computer Skills Start learning basic computer skills at your own pace. Library card required. Read More Grow with Google Career Skills Register for courses and workshops to develop new career skills. Read More Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment Browse a collection of digital learning resources and assess your skills. Read More DIY Series Small Business Tools and Skills Browse curated courses to learn how to use tools to grow your business. Read More

  • About | Tech Access | KCPL

    About Tech Access Mission Connecting communities to promote equitable access to technology and support the learning and application of digital skills in an increasingly digital world. Origin Tech Access is a special initiative within the Kansas City Public Library's Strategic Initiatives Department. We began in 2016 as a grant-funded project to enhance the Library's digital inclusion services to the community. In the beginning, we realized library staff could not always provide in-depth digital literacy training and support services to patrons directly, so we turned to the diverse array of expertise of community volunteers. This is how the Tech Coach Volunteer program was born! Our Services Tech Access is now established as a permanent subdivision of the Library's Strategic Initiatives department, although, programming support is still made possible by charitable giving and grants. Additionally, our services are possible due to our volunteers and their generous contributions of knowledge, time, and service. ​ Tech Access is now a collection of resources designed by The Kansas City Public Library to serve adult learners and patrons in pursuit of digital literacy and workforce skills. Our resources include: ​ Tech Coach Volunteers Mobile Computer Lab Learning Pathways Community Partnerships Out of gallery Our Team Wendy Pearson Strategic Initiatives Manager E-mail Wendy manages all projects and teams within Kansas City Public Library's Strategic Initiatives department, including Tech Access. Tech Access began with Wendy. The team is guided by her passion and dedication to digital inclusion and her community. Megan McNaughton Tech Access Partnerships Coordinator E-mail Megan oversees local, state, and national partnerships with Tech Access. She ensures Tech Access's resources are available to any individual and organization who needs digital literacy and digital inclusion support. Dinh Nguyen Tech Access Programming Coordinator E-mail Dinh oversees Tech Access' library programming, volunteer program, and public relations. She provides direct support to patrons, volunteers, and staff to facilitate digital literacy and digital inclusion services within the Library. Alex Nelson National Digital Inclusion Project Coordinator E-mail Alex works with the Kansas City Public Library and 13 small and rural libraries through an IMLS-funded grant. Alex helps develop these libraries' digital inclusion initiatives. Alex will create an educational course using the resources from this project, which will be available to other libraries. Dylan Jones Tech Access Volunteer Program Developer VISTA E-mail Dylan is an AmeriCorps VISTA and supports developing the Tech Access volunteer program. He is building capacity by creating resources, updating materials, and developing procedures to facilitate onboarding, training, and support for our volunteers. Andrew Linn Tech Access Curriculum Curator E-mail Andrew helps create learning material and provide digital literacy education for various stages of learning. As a former graphic designer, now librarian, he looks forward to creating resources that will benefit library patrons and all learners.

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