Social Media 101 Workshops - Haldimand
To Tuesday 01 May 2018
Haldimand County Public Library and County communications staff have partnered to host free Social Media 101 workshops throughout April and May. Workshops will outline the basics of Facebook and Twitter and educate participants on how to stay connected with what’s happening locally – whether it be community-specific news, weather alerts or emergency information.
“For many people, checking social media is ingrained in their daily routines. On the other side of that, there are many who are hesitant of or daunted by these platforms,” said Kyra Hayes, Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives. “A lot of people are concerned about having their personal information online or don’t see benefits beyond sharing photos with family and friends. In reality, social media is an incredibly useful tool that provides a critical link to important news and information,” she added.
During last month’s flood warning, for example, the County’s social media posts reached tens of thousands of people. “Traditional media – like TV and radio – will always cover unfolding emergency situations, but if you’re not tuned in or don’t have power, you’re going to miss the message,” noted Hayes. Workshop participants will learn how to set up custom alerts and notifications so they receive critical information and updates – from credible sources – as they are issued.
Social media is also a critical component of the County’s community engagement and communication initiatives. Workshop participants will learn how to stay up-to-date with planned public meetings, Council agendas, service disruptions, project updates and other relevant news.
Social Media 101 workshops will be offered at the following times and locations:
- Cayuga Arena – McSorley Family Hall, 55 Thorburn St. S. – Wednesday, April 4th at 1:30p.m.
- Caledonia Library, 100 Haddington St. – Monday, April 9th at 6:30p.m.
- Dunnville Library, 317 Chestnut St. – Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30p.m.
- Hagersville Library, 13 Alma St. N. – Thursday, April 19th at 6:30p.m.
- Jarvis Library, 2 Monson St. – Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30p.m.
- Selkirk Library, 34 Main St. W. – Tuesday, May 1st at 6:30p.m.
No experience with social media is required, though participants should have basic computer skills. Participants are welcome to bring their own device (laptop, tablet or smartphone) if they would like assistance with account setup or managing their account’s privacy settings. Anyone who wishes to attend may register by calling or visiting their local library branch.