The Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, offered at Troy-Miami County Public Library as a Digital Resources is aimed at helping adults acquire the skills they need in today’s workplace.
“People without basic computer know-how are at a disadvantage when it comes to finding a job because employers expect basic computer skills for most jobs, including many entry-level positions,” said Bill Schlimme, Patron Services Manager. “We joined Northstar because it will help our patrons have a better chance at getting jobs and getting ahead.”
The free set of assessments includes self-guided modules: Essential Computer Skills (Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows, Mac OS), Essential Software Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Using Technology in Daily Life (Social Media, Information Literacy, and Creative Job Search). Closed-captioning is available and screen readers supported.
Anyone can access the modules and take the tests online at digitalliteracyassessments.org. At the end of each test, the user receives a page of results, which lists the skills mastered and the areas that need improvement. The modules are based on a set of basic computer competency benchmarks developed by a diverse group of literacy providers, business representatives and nonprofit agencies.
To earn a certificate for one or more of the modules, adults must take the tests in a supervised setting at an approved test site. Troy-Miami County Public Library is among the community organizations using the standards as part of its programming, and offering the certificates.
Library cards are available to any Ohio resident visiting a library location or online by visiting: https://www.tmcpl.org/content/library-cards. Ecards do not allow for the checkout of physical materials but allow for the use of electronic resources, including eBooks and databases.
The Troy-Miami County Public Library is located at 419 West Main Street in Troy, Ohio. For more information, call the library at 937-339-0502 ext. 112 or visit www.tmcpl.org