The CTEP Member will be serving community members, Metro State students, faculty, staff, and working with different campus groups to coordinate information technology skills instruction. The diversity of populations visiting the libraries includes new Americans, English language learners, employment-aged youth and adults, people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, and first generation students. Many Metropolitan State University students lack the technology skills needed to complete modern academic coursework and online classes. Most of the Member’s direct service hours will be spent on instruction, programming, and holding open labs to assist people who have come to the libraries to search for jobs and create resumes, to develop information literacy skills needed to find housing solutions, connect with social services, and to work towards educational and personal goals. Some of the specific skills that would be most beneficial to these populations include filling out online employment applications, basic email etiquette/skills, using the classroom management system, introductory Word, PowerPoint, and Excel skills as well as basic skills in using PCs and accessing internet resources. We also are strong believers in the power of libraries to enrich people through personal connections, social media, gaming, and digital tools that allow them to be information creators as well as consumers. The CTEP Member would be welcome and encouraged to contribute to and expand upon existing programming, such as our popular video game night, which we feel fulfills an information literacy goal.
In order to achieve maximum outreach and attendance at classes, it will be important for the CTEP Member to be savvy and insightful in marketing their programming and connecting with other university departments to identify need. They will be able to use SPPL advertising resources as well as University communication tools. The Member will be trained on utilizing the various university marketing channels such as the college newsletter, the event calendar, and social media.
With five full-time university computer lab employees providing one-on-one basic computer help to patrons, the critical way the CTEP Member would develop our organization's capacity is by providing formal programming for basic computer, software, Internet, email, and job-hunting skills. The CTEP member will also help build capacity across the university by sharing the importance of digital literacy with staff and faculty. Sharing a CTEP Member with SPPL-Dayton's Bluff would not only help bring the libraries together, but also encourage us to rethink how we are providing technology and digital literacy instruction across both libraries.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
GED/High School Diploma
Less than High School Completed
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check