As part of the digital transformation strategy, the City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services have reintroduced an e-learning website that aims to provide the COJ community with access to free digital content and information on the facilities and services of the COJ library.
The website, www.cojelearning.org.za, is a mobile-friendly platform accessible anywhere and developed to strengthen the library services digital skills agenda.
The program was launched when the Noordgesig Library opened last month.
The website is one of the e-learning programs for youth skills development. IT will be continuously updated and extended with more content. Although libraries are not training centers, they play a major role in supporting lifelong learning and personal development in all communities. This is thanks to collaborations and partnerships with NGOs, academic institutions, companies and internal units of the city of Johannesburg.
By providing access to carefully selected online courses and other electronic resources and digital content, libraries enable the public to participate in the digital economy and develop basic, intermediate and advanced digital skills.
The website provides access to our online subscriptions and free digital content, including:
• eBooks via the Overdrive platform
• Guttenberg, which offers free access to e-books
• Librivox which offers free access to audio books
• Jurno and African Journal Online: offers free access to academic articles
These links to electronic resources will be updated as library services purchase more. Library Services has also partnered with reputable companies such as IBM, Microsoft (via Harambee) and Google SA to provide links to their free learning platforms.
These companies offer the following online course content:
• Microsoft SA, through Harambee’s ThintiMillion project, offers free Microsoft Office courses for beginners who require basic to intermediate digital skills. Users can take the courses and earn a digital certificate of completion.
• IBM Digital Nation Africa offers a digital skills program focused on 4IR concepts such as coding, artificial intelligence, data science and other related topics. Users earn digital badges after completing a course. IBM courses allow users to select their skill level, from a beginner level; Called “Explorer” to “Innovators”, this is where users learn to design the technology. The platform also connects users to platforms offering employment opportunities.
• Google SA offers online courses as part of its “Google Digital Skills for Africa” program, and these focus on digital marketing and come with certification upon completion.
There are more courses to choose from that help start an online business or learn how to use technology in business.
The website also offers library staff and other partners the opportunity to contribute articles to the blog page. It will also provide access to useful documents and feature videos of library services.
The public is encouraged to access the website and explore the digital content using their smart devices and computers. Libraries are also now open to provide advice and assistance, including free Wi-Fi, to access this platform.