Maria Conchas, left, watches as Maria Batres practices filling out web forms on a laptop computer in Fresno County Public Library's Digibus as it visits Kerman, Calif., on March 23, 2017. (Eric Paul Zamora/Fresno Bee/TNS)

She Drives A Winnebago To Help Digital Newbies Get On The Information Superhighway

By Carmen George
The Fresno Bee

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Librarian Shannon Morrison is the guardian of the Digibus, a new mobile computer classroom manned by librarians. Digibus services, all provided at no cost, currently include teaching basic computer skills, such as how to use email and browse the internet, along with job preparedness, including resume writing and searching and applying for jobs online.

FRESNO, Calif.

Librarian Shannon Morrison recently drove a large bus into a Walmart parking lot while wearing a long blue skirt covered with prints of Hawaiian hibiscus flowers.

“She’s one to try anything,” says fellow Fresno County community librarian Michelle Gordon. “She’s very adventurous.”

Hearing this across the parking lot, the normally soft-spoken Morrison raises her library voice to project excitement: “I think that’s part of why I find it so much fun, it’s like an adventure!”

Morrison is no ordinary librarian, and she drives no ordinary bus. She’s the guardian of the Digibus, a new mobile computer classroom manned by librarians that hit the road at the end of January bound for Fresno County communities with the aim of bringing computer literacy and job-search skills to all.

“I never thought in a million years that I’d be driving a Winnebago that’s almost 40 feet around the community,” Morrison says, “but it really fits my personality. … A lot of people don’t realize how much I’m outgoing, and how much I like to come to them and be really with them and care for them and be a part of who they are – not so much waiting for them to come to me.”

Morrison and her Digibus came to the aid of people in Kerman last week. Maria Batres was among those who boarded the bus parked in the Walmart parking lot. The 43-year-old mother of five and grandmother of three is working to better understand how to use a computer so she can access online resources to help her learn English and study to become a U.S. citizen.

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