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From the Natrona County Public Library
Learning and Using Technology @ Your Library
By Karen Burd, Reference Librarian
January 21, 2009
Don’t know a blog from a wiki? New software versions got you confused? You are not alone! If your goals for this year include understanding technology better, your library is one of the best places you can start.
Ever since the introduction of the personal computer in the late 1970s and the rise of the internet in the 1990s, technology has changed at an astonishing rate. At the same time, it has become more and more essential to daily life. We use it for work and school, to communicate with friends and family, to apply for jobs, and to access information and entertainment.
A steady stream of new electronic gadgetry and computer products continues to emerge almost daily. Sometimes it can be confusing to wade through it all.
Whether you’re a beginner just learning to use email, or a more advanced user looking for reliable information, technology-savvy librarians can help you navigate the digital world.
Beginning technology users can start with the library’s free computer classes, taught by reference librarians. “Introduction to Computers” and “Introduction to the Internet” are good places to begin, and are held monthly. Students are more than welcome to repeat classes for practice and review.
Your library also offers classes on more advanced topics like Microsoft Excel, Word, Publisher, and social networking tools including blogging and wikis. Past students have said they like the informal, relaxed pace and the individual attention they receive. Pick up a class schedule at the library, online, or call 577-READ to register.
Perhaps your goals for 2009 are less about technology and more about learning, or changing your life for the better. You might want to find out how to combat a particular health problem, research you family tree, repair a vehicle, or help your kids or grandkids with their homework.
Your library card is your ticket to good, reliable information on these topics and more, through digital resources available right from our homepage: www.natronacountylibrary.org . You will need your library card number and pin handy (Call us at 577-READ if you don’t know your pin).
Click on the “Databases” link to find information about subjects as far ranging as medical information, consumer reports, agriculture, genealogy, antique collecting, and academic topics for various age groups.
Those hunting for jobs or preparing for college this year can study for tests like the GED, ACT, ASVAB, US Citizenship, and Real Estate Brokerage with practice tests found in the “Learning Express Library.”
Our “databases” page includes entertainment resources as well: MyLibraryDV, features hundreds of downloadable movies you can watch on your computer; NetLibrary Recorded Books lets you download audiobooks to your MP3 player; and NoveList helps you find new authors similar to those you already love.
These subscription resources are free to use through your library, and are more reliable than much of what you might find through a search engine.
New technologies and information resources can be difficult and confusing sometimes, but they can also enrich our lives in unexpected ways. When you need help with technology, or are looking for good, valid information, stop by the library, call us at 577-READ, or email email@example.com.
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