ELIZABETHTOWN — The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System recently unveiled its new Mobile Broadband Library InternetXpress van.
InternetXpress, developed in partnership with Adirondack Community Action Programs and OneWorkSource, provides free workforce training and public access to computers.
Equipped with universally accessible laptop equipment, the InternetXpress Van will travel throughout Essex County, making scheduled appearances at 16 public libraries to provide free instruction.
Sessions include basic Word and Excel, writing a cover letter and thank-you letter, interviewing, networking, creating an employment portfolio, resume writing, understanding the Internet and LinkedIn.
"This service brings a new level of workforce-development assistance to area residents," said Library System Director Ewa Jankowska.
"Often, the computers already at a library are heavily utilized, and now the InternetXpress van will bring mobile resources to complement our existing library infrastructure."
OFTEN ONLY ACCESS
Jankowska pointed out that Twitter, Facebook and other social-network programs are "very difficult to grasp for some people," something the mobile van can help with.
"I hope the initiative and partnership with organizations such as ACAP will continue," she added.
"We have always had a dream to provide a program such as this," ACAP Executive Director Alan Jones said.
Cali Brooks, executive director of Adirondack Community Trust, said she sees a lot of pride in local libraries around the Adirondack region.
"We are using digital to bridge the gap between those who don't have digital access and literacy. Often the libraries are the only community access."
Brooks stated the three goals of the program: developing workforce skills, expanding Internet access and availability in libraries and providing digital literacy.
InternetXpress can be of great use to the unemployed, underemployed, seniors and individuals with disabilities, officials said.
FINDING OLD FRIENDS
One of the workshop benefactors, 82-year-old Chapin Davis of Westport, said he had reached a point in his life "in which I had not had any new experiences. But that changed when I bought a new computer.