Share Your Computer Knowledge

The downtown Central Library is always looking for Instructor Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Open Lab Coaches to volunteer to lead classes in the Library. Classes are free and focus on topics such as computer literacy, Internet/email, Microsoft Word/Excel and genealogy.

INSTRUCTOR COACH

Teaches computer software to up to 18 library patrons in a friendly class setting. Classes are taught in the Computer Learning Center at the downtown Central Library. Teaching usually takes place from the front of the classroom at the Instructor's workstation, which has video projection capabilities. An Assistant Coach helps the Instructor Coach by assisting students individually as the class is in session. Instructor Coaches often see a need for a class not currently being offered. Several of our Instructor Coaches have enjoyed assisting with or developing course curriculum.

Major Responsibilities

Teach computer classes using Microsoft software and tutorials and the latest computer hardware located in our Computer Learning Center. Must be proficient in the use of the software package he/she will teach such as Word, Internet Explorer, or Excel etc. The ideal volunteer will be comfortable speaking in front of 18 students and be able to adapt to all levels of learning. Assures that each piece of equipment is ready for use prior to the start of the class.

Qualifications

Enjoys working with all ages and skill levels. Knowledgeable in at least one software package and can adapt to different user needs.

Time Commitment

Typical time commitment is the length of a class. Classes are 1-3 hours, one day a week, for duration of 1-4 weeks. Classes may be taught in the morning, afternoon, evenings, or weekends.

ASSISTANT COACH

Provides one-on-one assistance for up to 18 students while the Instructor Coach leads the class in learning software skills. Classes are held at the downtown Central Library.

Major Responsibilites

Assists Instructor Coach with computer classes by helping students individually as the class is in session. Must be proficient in the use of the software package that is being taught, such as Word, Internet Explorer, or Excel etc. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with people one-on-one, in a group setting. He/she will also able to adapt to all levels of learning. Assists Instructor Coach before and after class with equipment and assures that each piece of equipment is ready for use prior to the start of the class.

Qualifications

Must be 18 years or older. Enjoys working with all ages and skill levels. Knowledgeable of the software package being taught and can adapt to different user needs.

Time Commitment

Typical time commitment is the length of a class, usually 1-3 hours, one day a week, for 1-4 weeks. Classes may be taught in the morning, afternoon, evening, or weekends.

OPEN LAB COACH

Provides one-on-one help to Library customers who are struggling in using a computer in Computer Central at Central Library downtown.

Major Responsibilities

Assists patrons with searching the Internet, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, and other Windows products as appropriate, in addition to assisting with computer-based and web-based tutorials. Assigns patrons workstations and monitors usage. Assures that each piece of equipment is ready for use by the next patron.

Qualifications

Age 16 or older. Enjoys working with all ages and skill levels. Knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word and Internet searching is essential. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who would like to brush up on the latest technology while helping others.

Time Commitment

Generally 1-3 hours, once a week. Open lab coaching is needed in the morning, afternoon, evening, and weekends. Computer Central is open during Library hours so volunteer schedules are very flexible.