Guiding Ohio Online is an AmeriCorps program that places members in rural Ohio libraries to deliver digital literacy training through computer classes, one-on-one computer assistance, outreach, and volunteer recruitment.Our vision is for every Ohioan to be able to fully participate in online government, search and apply for jobs online, understand the risks and benefits of internet finance, connect with family online, and protect personal information in the digital age.
In a recent survey of Ohio libraries conducted by the nonprofit OCLC, 53% of rural libraries report that they are the only place in their community that provides free internet access and digital literacy training. In this same survey, lack of staff was cited as the number one reason that libraries of all sizes were unable to provide digital literacy classes.
Guiding Ohio Online will engage 10 full-time AmeriCorps members and 20 part-time AmeriCorps members to serve between October 1, 2014-August 29, 2015. Full-time Guiding Ohio Online AmeriCorps members are expected to serve 1700 hours during their 11-month term of service and part-time Guiding Ohio Online AmeriCorps members are expected to serve 900 hours during the same time period. Full-time Guiding Ohio Online AmeriCorps members may be shared between geographically close library systems. All AmeriCorps members will be expected to attend a three-day orientation session before beginning duties at their assigned library and expected to attend regional in-person meetings.
Funded by the Cooperation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. AmeriCorps members dedicate themselves to service through an 11-month term serving a community need.