The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) has become the first statewide public library system in the world to adopt Digital Literacy and Microsoft IT Academy programs for technology training and preparation for certifications for library patrons. The Microsoft IT Academy Program is the first training program to launch under the HSPLS HI Tech Academy initiative, and is expected to reach nearly 1 million people across the state of Hawaii.

The Microsoft IT Academy Program includes training and certification in Microsoft products, such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint, in addition to advanced subjects such as programming, Web development and database development.

Access to the Microsoft IT Academy will be available through the HSPLS website. The self-paced courses are accessible at any time in all public libraries and remotely.

Patrons who decide to pursue Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate or Microsoft Certified Professional certifications will have the opportunity to take an exam at an official Microsoft Certification site.

The Hawaii State Public Library System is the nation’s only statewide public library system, comprised of 50 branches located on six islands. Funding for the Microsoft IT Academy is provided by the federal Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.