For those interested in improving their typing (or learning to begin with) there is a great site called typing.com.
This site is great, because while you may pay a fee to rid the site of ads, you may also take many lessons, from basic beginner to advanced, absolutely free. Additionally, you may practice to sharpen your skills as often as you like.
I advise you to sign up for the free account so you may keep track of your progress, which includes how you progress with increasing your words per minute and error rate.
The display of all available classes is not only thorough and helpful, but you can choose any lesson in any skill level–you don’t have to complete the beginner lessons before you move on to higher skill levels, so if you just feel weak in a particular area you can go directly to lessons and practice for that area.
When you choose your lesson you’re given an overview of what skill you’ll be measuring/practicing:
This one is, obviously, for the u, r and k keys. Once you start typing it will begin measuring your error rate and typing speed.
Here’s a more basic one for the r and u keys.
Once you complete the exercise you are given a score in this manner:
You can also set up a teacher account, but I have to plead ignorance on that aspect of this site, as I have not explored it at all.
We type so often in this time of the internet, and especially as librarians we need to be able to type quickly and efficiently, so this site is a great way to keep our skills sharpened. It is also so user friendly, and free, that we may confidently recommend this site to patrons needing to improve their skills.
SPECIAL NOTE: Using the number pad is a much quicker, more efficient way to enter material item numbers, library card numbers and other long numbers. Check in this site for tutorials on how to best use the number pad and increase your speed and accuracy.