While some teens spent their summer vacation relaxing, one young man used this time to connect seniors with technology. After identifying a need in St. Johns County, James Maynard planned and implemented a connected-learning project to provide user support sessions for older adults having trouble with their devices at the Anastasia Island Branch of the St. Johns County Public Library System.
James was just one of 50 high school juniors and seniors around the nation selected to take part in an Inclusive Internship Initiative (III). Sponsored by the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, the paid internship offered individual guidance from a mentor while engaging with multiple facets of library life, from administration to programming, to user services.
After reflecting on his interests, James decided he wanted his project outcome to increase access to technology for seniors at the public library. It has already had an immediate benefit to the library and our community. James held one-on-one technology support sessions for older adults who have brought in laptops, tablets, and cell phones. He also helped seniors to gain confidence and increase their awareness of library resources and services.
“I truly learned life skills that will be beneficial to my future career; learning through aiding my local community in a way that goes beyond myself,” said James of the internship.
The Anastasia Island Branch library will continue the one-on-one technology sessions from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. by appointment through September 17. For additional details about the sessions, internship, or the library, please contact Branch Manager Heather Sostrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-209-3731.