New library technician offers classes
After rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s elite as an I.T. manager for New York City’s The Learning Annex, Michael Cacioppo, Fairfield Public Library’s new technical support administrator, now spends his days overseeing the library’s computer networking systems, not to mention, a few of his evenings teaching novices how to “cut and paste.”
“The Learning Annex was an interesting place,” Cacioppo said. “We had a lot of interesting clients like, Donald Trump.”
During his tenure there he met the real estate tycoon, who was deemed the most expensive speaker in history by Forbes Magazine. This came after the Learning Annex paid Trump a whopping $1.5 million per speech.
And though accepting a library job in a town of roughly 10,000 people may seem like an odd trade-off, for Cacioppo, Fairfield is the “biggest” small town he’s ever seen.
“The spectrum of interest and practices, and the variety of people here is unlike any other small town I’ve ever visited,” he said. “It’s a very unique place.”
Cacioppo initially came to Fairfield two years ago, when he assisted a friend with her move here. Though he didn’t stay then, he visited several times.
“The person I helped move here brought the job at the library to my attention,” he said.
Cacioppo said he applied for the position at the library before he moved here. However, he took a leap of faith and began moving to Fairfield, interviewing for the job during his trip.
Now, Cacioppo manages the library’s 40 machines, and he develops the curriculum for, and teaches free computer classes to the community.
The eight-course series is called Technology Tuesdays, and is offered each Tuesday at 10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. The classes range from basic computer operations, to how-to courses on selling items on Craigslist and Ebay.
“The classes are very engaging and dynamic; they are a really valuable service,” said Youth Services Librarian Afton Hallauer, “I think he’s doing a fantastic job.”
Hallauer assists Cacioppo with Technology Tuesdays.
Cacioppo said he’s also collaborating with a second teacher to create and teach a Facebook course as well as another teacher for the library’s language course.
“I think they are great,” said Fairfield resident Nancy Teubel about the free classes.
Teubel, who is a peer support specialist for Southern Iowa Mental Health Center, said she needed the classes to become more competent in computer file management.
“I’m glad they offer them in the evenings,” she said.
Fairfield resident Gene Ashworth said he likes the courses too.
“I was in the computer industry a few decades ago,” Ashworth said. “I figure, things are moving so quickly in the computer industry, there’s gotta be something I missed.”
The classes are open to anyone and Cacioppo said seniors are definitely welcome.
For more information about Technology Tuesdays, visit the Fairfield Library’s website at: www. MyFairfieldlibrary.com.