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Better Than Google

Technology moves faster than a superhero.  I heard a quote the other day “that technology used to change every one to two years, now its one to two days”!  How can one keep up with this impossibly quick pace?  No sooner have you mastered Word 2010, here comes Word 2013, which is significantly different from its earlier incarnation.  Innovations are being implemented every day, and it seems there is no way to keep up.

How can we help?  Then library staff offers wildly popular computer and device classes, but there are never enough of them.  Stymied by a lack of a dedicated computer lab, we have cobbled together a de facto computer lab in the conference room using eight laptops.  Thanks must certainly go to our patient and brilliant librarians, Veronica Reynolds and Brian Jennings who teach these classes, despite other pressing responsibilities (Head of Community Relations and Local History Librarian, respectively).

We have another way for you to keep up with and learn new technology skills, and that is through our very excellent  database, Learning Express.  For those of you who have never tried this database, prepare to be pleasantly surprised.  It has eight learning modules entitled: Adult Learning Center (math, reading, writing, citizenship skills), Career Center (learn about a career, occupation exams, ASVAB, allied health certification exams), High School Equivalency Center (GED, HISET, TASC), College Prep Center (SAT, PSAT, ACT, AP), Courses for Spanish Speakers (GED, math, reading , writing skills), College Center (math, reading, grammar, writing, science, college placement, CLEP, graduate school admissions), School Center (reading, writing, math, science and social studies skills for elementary, middle school and high school students), and my favorite, and the focus of this blog, Popular Software Tutorials.

Popular Software Tutorials is divided into three sub-sections.  MS Office, Computer Graphics and Illustrations, and Understanding Your Operating System.  The Office component has tutorials on the full suite of Office products, including the 2013 versions and going back to 2007.  Even if you are familiar with the 2010 version of Excel, your employer may expect you to know the 2013 version.  Here is the place to acquire or refresh those computer skills.  The nice part is that you don’t need to have these software products on your own computer in order to master them. You don’t need to go to a class, either free at the library, or paying a fee.  You can work at your own pace, grasping the concepts before you move on.  Learning Express keeps track of your progress, so you can pick up where you left off.  It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so even very busy people can make the time to learn. 

Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop contain the newest versions of this software and are a must for any fledgling graphic artist.  They are comprehensive and clear, and of course, you are learning at your own pace.  Understanding Your Operating System explains the nuts and bolts, or mysteries, if you will, of the Windows and Mac operating systems.

 So dazzle potential employers with your excellent computer skills that you have acquired through Learning Express.  Don’t fret if you can’t get into Veronica’s extremely popular Excel class.  After all, nice as she is, she’s not available to come to your house at 2:00 a.m.  Learning Express, on the other hand, is always ready when you are!

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