Learning Express Library Can Help Patrons Who Cry “Computer Illiterate”

The Learning Express Library has proven helpful to many of our patrons seeking various testing materials for tests such as the HiSET or nursing areas like the HESI or NCLEX. However, did you know that Learning Express has so much more? One tutorial area that could help many of our computer challenged patrons is the Computer Skills Center :

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I selected the “Getting to Know Your Computer” link on the left (red circle) and “Computer Basics 2” on the right (blue rectangle):

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This brought me to a video tutorial:

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On the tutorial you are in total control: the video has a transcript that you can follow along with, download or even print:

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…and you can toggle between chapters as well:

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There are many other computer tutorials in Learning Express, ranging from basic topics detailed in this post, to more complex issues, such as the intricacies of learning how to navigate the internet, to even specific programs, such as Microsoft Word and Adobe products:

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For the willing patron these tutorials can lead to increased productivity and less frustration on the computer.

Chemistry Mavens: Get Your Interactive Periodic Table Here!

The Dynamic Periodic Chart at ptable.com may be very helpful to those engaged in Chemistry classes of various levels. When you log in you see a standard periodic table:

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You may also parse the chart in various ways by checking/unchecking these boxes:

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When you click on a particular element a popup takes you to a Wikipedia entry about the element:

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You may also use these tabs to change the type of information that is available to you:

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For example, if you choose Orbitals and click on Arsenic (As) then you see this information:

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Honestly I can tell you little about what that means, but there it is! Maybe I need to go back to Chemistry class myself!

Museum Day Live

Aside from being a fascinating site with many interesting pictures and stories, Smithsonianmag.com, has sponsored the annual Museum Day Live for more than a decade.

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Long story short, this is a day during which you may obtain a pass which will allow two people to attend a museum affiliated with this special day for free. In Memphis there are three museums associated with the day. One is the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. The other two I will let you find out for yourself using the site’s Find a Museum page that lists nearly 900 participating museums spanning all 50 states.

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Happy hunting!