Digital Inclusion Week ‒ May 8-13, 2017

Digital Inclusion Week: San Francisco 2017

What is Digital Inclusion Week?

Digital Inclusion Week (DIW) is a citywide initiative comprised of events spearheaded by the San Francisco Public Library. The goal of the program is to promote online access and technology skill-building in efforts to reduce digital disparities in our communities.

Digital Inclusion Week features movie screenings, hands-on classes, panel discussions, a tech expo with resources for seniors and others, a week-long Learning for Action game and raffle, digital device give-aways, exciting keynote speakers and more.

Digital Inclusion Week Aims To:

  • Raise awareness of the digital divide in the Bay Area
  • Provide information about technology services and training opportunities
  • Enhance collaboration between government, nonprofit and private sectors

Who can participate?

Digital Inclusion Week is free, open to the public, and has something for everyone. Events are geared towards people who are interested in connecting or expanding their tech skills, to seniors, people with disabilities, volunteers, tech industry professionals, policymaker and nonprofits working towards digital inclusion.

How can I get involved?

We’re looking for volunteers, guest presenters, panelists and partners! Help to ensure the success of DIW and contact Wenwen Shi at wenwen.shi@sfpl.org, or call The Bridge at Main at (415) 557 4388.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, May 8, 2017
  • All Day: Learning for Action Game – Enter to Win a Laptop
    Main Library
    Pick up a Learning for Action game sheet at the Main Library Information Desk, and pick skills to learn around the library, earning a raffle ticket for each skill learned. The more skills you learn, the better your chance of winning a laptop computer at the end of week prize drawing.
  • 10:30 am: Panel Discussion
    Koret Auditorium, Main Library
    Listen to experts from both the private and public sectors discuss the challenges of digital inclusion and their efforts in addressing them. Facilitated by Community Technology Network.
  • 1:00-3:00pm: Personal Digital Archiving
    Noe Valley Branch Library
    Bring your photos and/or documents to our two-hour workshop and we will show you how to scan and save the digital files to your USB flash drive. We can also show you how to upload these files to image hosting/photo sharing websites.
  • 2 pm: Coding Drop-In Lab
    5th Floor, Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Join us for our regular drop-in coding class using Treehouse, a library eLearning resource.This class is supported by our partner organizations Tech SF and BAVC.
  • 2:30 pm: Film Screening: Lo and Behold, Reveries on the Connected World
    Koret Auditorium, Main Library
    Oscar-nominated documentarian Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  • All Day: Learning for Action game
    Main Library
  • 10:00am-12:00pm: Design your own business card
    Bernal Heights Branch Library
    In honor of Digital Inclusion Week, come learn how to design and print your own custom business cards. Space is limited. Call 415-355-2810 or visit the reference desk to sign up.
  • 10:30 am – 1 pm: Tech Expo
    Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library
    This resource fair features resources and services that enhance the lives of Bay Area residents, including seniors and people with disabilities. Meet providers and learn about city programs and resources. Learn how classes, one-on-one help, and other tools can help you cross the digital divide and improve your quality of life.
  • 2 pm: Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmakers: Cyber Seniors
    Koret Auditorium, Main Library
    A humorous and heartwarming feature documentary, Cyber Seniors adds to the important international conversation about the growing generation gap. Focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors, the film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other
  • 1 pm: Basic Computer Skills Drop-In
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Learn how basic internet and computer skills can enhance your daily life.
  • 3 pm: eResources Instruction
    Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library
    Learn about the benefits of San Francisco Public Library’s eResources, including accessing articles and databases.
  • 4 pm: Genealogy eResources at the Library
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Learn how to access and use the library’s genealogy eResources, including Ancestry, to research your family’s history. In this introductory workshop, we will show you where on the library’s website you can find information about the genealogical resources available at the library, including the databases to which we provide access: Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online.
  • 4 pm-5 pm: Digital Device Drop-in: Digital Inclusion Week
    Anza Branch
    Kick off Digital Inclusion Week by joining us for our digital device drop-in/basic computer assistance program. We will offer three, twenty minute increments between 4p-5p on Tuesday 5/9 through Thursday 5/11.
  • 4:00-5:30pm: WeChat Drop-in
    Portola Branch
    Learn how to use WeChat, a very popular free messaging & calling APP that allows you to easily connect with family & friends internationally. The all-in-one communications APP includes free text, voice & video calls, moments, photo sharing, and games.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • All Day: Learning for Action game
    Main Library
  • 12:30 pm: Online Applications: Tips and Tricks
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Do you get frustrated trying to fill out online applications? Do you have trouble deciding what to say? In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to navigate online applications, answer all questions clearly and strategically, and identify ways online applications screen applicants. You will fill out a master application so bring a copy of your resume to this workshop. The class is provided by our DIW partner organization JVS.
  • 1:00-3pm: Dealing with digital Photos
    Portola Branch
    Patient library staff will demonstrate how to use your iPhone, smartphone, iPad, tablet, digital camera, computer, or other device to take, edit, store, and share photos and videos!
  • 2 pm: Let Us Amaze You! Digital Tools for Your Job Search
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    This class will introduce you to general resources that will help you become a more informed and empowered job seeker.
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Chinese eBooks from UDN (in Cantonese)
    Mission Bay Branch Library
    UDN offers eBooks in traditional Chinese characters. Check out novels as well as books on health, business, cooking, history and travel with just a few clicks. You can read UDN books in the browser or download them to a smartphone, tablet or computer for offline reading.
    Learn how to download Chinese eBooks from UDN in this introductory session.
  • 4 pm-5 pm: Digital Device Drop-in: Digital Inclusion Week
    Anza Branch
    Kick off Digital Inclusion Week by joining us for our digital device drop-in/basic computer assistance program. We will offer three, twenty minute increments between 4p-5p on Tuesday 5/9 through Thursday 5/11.
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm: Computer Help for Adult/Seniors
    Richmond Branch Library
    Trouble with technology? We can help! Get help from a Teen Computer Corps Volunteer at the Richmond Branch. Bring your own device or use one our laptop computers.
  • 5 pm: How to Organize and Preserve Your Digital Files and Photos for the Future
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Learn the best ways to organize and safeguard your files and photos.
  • 6:30 pm: 2017 Community Technology Network Digital Leaders Awards
    Twitter HQ
    The second annual Bay Area Digital Leaders Awards will bring together 150 guests, including prominent community and business leaders, to celebrate the people and organizations that work hard every day to close the digital divide in our communities. The event is also designed to inspire new leaders to emerge and make a difference in the eld of digital literacy. This event is organized by our partner Community Technology Network.
  • 6:30-8:00pm: Genealogy eResources at the Library
    West Portal Branch Library
Thursday, May 11, 2017
  • All Day: Learning for Action game
    Main Library
  • 1 pm: Computer Basics
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Join us for our re-occurring computer basics class from our partner organization, The Arc.
  • 1:30-3:30pm: WeChat (in Mandarin)
    Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library
    Learn how to use WeChat, a very popular free messaging & calling APP that allows you to easily connect with family & friends internationally.  The all-in-one communications APP includes free text, voice & video calls, moments, photo sharing, and games.
  • 2:00-4:00pm: Gmail Basics
    Chinatown Branch Library
    Learn how to set up a Gmail account and the basics of using email, including how to send, reply, and forward messages, and how to open and send attachments. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are required. Please call 415-355-2888 or visit the branch to register.
  • 2:30-3:30pm: WordPress
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    We’ll explore how to use the free services of WordPress.com to create websites. We’ll touch on some aspects of the Wordpress software platform and present resources for those curious to learn more. Presented by Sameer Siruguri of Digital Strategies.
  • 4 pm: Digital Device Drop-In
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Join our re-occurring digital device drop-in program. Patient and friendly library staff provide basic support to help you understand your digital device.
  • 4 pm-5 pm: Digital Device Drop-in: Digital Inclusion Week
    Anza Branch
    Kick off Digital Inclusion Week by joining us for our digital device drop-in/basic computer assistance program. We will offer three, twenty minute increments between 4p-5p on Tuesday 5/9 through Thursday 5/11.
  • 4:00-6:00pm: eLearning Lab
    Richmond Branch Library
    A self-paced eLearning Lab that focuses on learning through the many electronic resources offered by the Library, such as Treehouse, Mango Languages, Brainfuse, and more. Computers are provided.
  • 6:30-7:30 pm: Online Privacy and Security
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Learn how to evaluate websites you find and click safely. Presented by volunteer Gennie Gebhart, digital security specialist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • 6:30pm-8:00 pm: eBook Basics
    Excelsior Branch Library
    Want to master OverDrive, Axis360, Hoopla and any other eResources the library offers? We'll show you how to get started and answer any questions you may have. And remember, please bring your device!
Friday, May 12, 2017
  • All Day: Learning for Action game
    Main Library
  • 10 am: National Digital Inclusion Townhall and Discussion
    Online, Learning Studio, Main Library
    Participate virtually in a national townhall discussion about digital inclusion issues. The townhall will close with a 15 minute Q&A online, followed by a post-event discussion at the library
  • 1:30 pm: UDN Chinese eBooks
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Join us to learn how to access Chinese e-books on PC and mobile devices. Instruction in Mandarin.
  • 3:30-5:00pm: Android Phone/Tablet: Basic Skills
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Learn all about your Android smartphone! We’ll cover the basic features of your phone, including how to set it up, connect to Wifi, and use the communication features (phone, SMS, contacts, email). We’ll go through the process of downloading and installing apps, watching videos, and using maps.  We’ll also cover some helpful tips and tricks to get the most out of your Android phone.  Please bring an Android phone or tablet. Instructor Scottie Biddle is a software engineer at Google.
  • 2:30-4:00pm: WeChat 101 (in Chinese)
    Sunset Branch Library
    Come and learn how to use this instant messaging app. Instruction in Chinese. Space limited. Call 415-355-2808 to register.
Saturday, May 13 2017
  • 10:30am-12:00pm: Drop-in Computer Help (in Spanish)
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    One-to-one tutorial assistance for library patrons that require assistance in Spanish. Get help with Word, Excel, Internet Search Basics, and email.
  • 1:00-2:30pm: Google Slides Basics
    Computer Training Center, Main Library
    Worried about losing your presentation in a computer crash? Need to collaborate with others in different places? Google Slides can solve this! Join us to learn how to make a Google Slide presentation for work, school or any event. Basic keyboard, mouse and browser skills required. Instructor Ree Ree Li works at Google and loves creating fun and engaging presentations.

Thank you to our Digital Inclusion Week Partners

  • Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
  • Committee on Information Technology (COIT), City and County of San Francisco
  • Community Living Campaign
  • Community Technology Network
  • Digital Inclusion Fellowship through NTEN and Google Fiber
  • Digital Strategies
  • Hack Reactor
  • Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)
  • Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI)
  • San Francisco Public Library's 50+ Committee
  • San Francisco Tech Council
  • sf.citi
  • Sonic
  • The Specialists Guild
  • Tenderloin Tech Lab
  • Twitter
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