Ramsey County Library - Roseville

Technology Literacy Coordinator (Adult Services)
Partner Agency: Ramsey County Library
Location(s): 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville
Site Supervisor: Jason Lyons, Librarian

SPECIAL NOTE: this member will receive $100 additional per month for rent or transportation subsidy, above and beyond the standard living allowance.

CTEP Program Description

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. CTEP is a program of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

Site History and Mission

The Roseville branch library is one of the busiest libraries in the State of Minnesota.  Two thousand people use its services daily (seven days a week).   The Roseville Library is a 70,000 square foot building housing a terrific collection, 120 public internet workstations, an 8,000 square foot children’s room, a teen room and a variety of study environments. The library continues to support life-long learning.   The strategic plan focuses limited resources on early literacy programming for families, youth development, technology literacy, makerspace programming, and workforce development.

Technology users at the library tend to be those without internet access via their homes or workplace environments. The library serves as a community resource and equalizer in the digital divide.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

Hours may vary based upon scheduled classes and events.  Programs are usually scheduled three months in advance. Libraries in the Ramsey County Library system are open seven days a week. Member will likely work one or two evenings a week and up to two weekend days a month.

In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes at the service site, and citizenship skills.  These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and these trainings are mandatory.  Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.

Site Specific Responsibilities

  • Set up and run two or three weekly Open Labs with other Roseville CTEP member providing drop-in assistance with technology and job search questions to adults
  • Teach classes to adults (both in-person and virtually using Zoom software) focusing on technology skills of all levels (from Beginning Computer to Intro to Social Media)
  • Develop new library programming for adults. Projects can vary depending upon the library’s needs and CTEP member’s interests and skills
  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers
  • Create and strengthen partnerships with other community organizations including:
    • Continue relationship with Adult Learning Center in Roseville working with new Americans teaching digital literacy skills

    • Strengthen relationship with Volunteers of America working with ex-offenders teaching job readiness skills

  • Introduce new technology and equipment and assist with workshops for all ages in makerspace
  • Evaluate the Library’s adult technology literacy programs
  • Will collaborate with Roseville Youth CTEP member to:
    • Inspire the academic success of immigrant and low-income youth by providing technology literacy and youth media programming

    • Provide technology instruction and assistance to students in grades 6-12 in out of school time.

How to Apply

Apply online at http://my.americorps.gov/ and click on “Apply to Serve”. Be sure to search for the “Community Technology Empowerment Project” or “CTEP” when asked to indicate what program you would like to send your application to. Contact: Allison Williams, williams@spnn.org, 651-298-8918 for more information about CTEP Member requirements.

CTEP AmeriCorps values an equitable work environment and strongly encourages Black, Indigenous and people of color, speakers of many languages, disabled individuals, LGBTQIA+ identified, and people from other underrepresented communities to apply.

Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.