Generations On Line (GoL)is a self-teaching Internet tutorial and service designed expressly for elderly computer novices, that every MHLS library has had access to since 2004. You can set it up on every public access computer.
Generations On Line seeks to reduce the digital divide among seniors through this self-teaching Internet tutorial, expressly designed for computer novices. The target audience is new users 70-years-old and older. The software is an interactive program that guides a novice through a simplified version of the Internet designed for older Americans who have never used a computer. It is a great program to help your senior computer beginners learn how to use a mouse, send e-mail (it offers free email accounts) and start to search the Internet.
Normally the fee for this is $350 per library, with $100 maintenance fee per year. But since 2004 it has been free to all MHLS libraries, underwritten by a grant from IBM and AT&T, because so many IBM employees in the area have asked for this service for their elderly relatives. Generations Online is not available for home or remote use, just from within the library. More information at http://generationsonline.org/.Contact GoL's Director of Technology and Training, MICHAEL PIERCE, at 267-997-3785 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Upgrade to new GoL software
In July 2007, MHLS libraries were sent the following info steps to upgrade to new Generations Online Software:
Since your library is currently using Generations on Line (GoL), your computers most likely have a "cookie" set in them from having previously logged into GoL. So to play safe, you need to remove the existing cookie (logout of the GoL system), and then re-log into GoL, which will reset a new "cookie." Simply follow these steps to accomplish these tasks: