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.

E-Tools You Can Use

A recent article in the Library Journal, cited below, has informed and inspired this post highlighting several useful e-tools.

C-SPAN Video Library

Do you want to see what the president said yesterday?  What about what the speaker of the house had to say about your pet issue?  The C-SPAN Video Library is the best place to begin searching for such content.  From the site: “…a way to archive and index the thousands of hours of congressional coverage produced by the network every year. The project quickly became one of the most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content…”

Docteur Tweety

This site does charge a small fee, but it is useful to keep up with how your tweets are performing.

European Language Social Science Thesaurus

This site bills itself as “a broad-based, multilingual thesaurus for the social sciences” and is useful for those who do business within the European Union.

Google Translate Offline Capabilities

You can use Translate even when you’re offline, by taking a picture of the text in question.

The Internet Broadway Database

From the site:  “…the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.”  So, it’s like imdb.com, but for theater.

Irish Films Archive

“The IFI Irish Film Archive acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland’s moving image heritage, working to ensure that Ireland’s rich and varied film history, both amateur and professional, is protected and accessible for the benefit of current and future generations. Film reels, digital materials and document collections are held in custom-built, climate-controlled vaults designed for the long- term storage of archival materials.”

Knoema

Knoema is full of helpful data on every country in the world.  “We discover, extract, and normalize data to make it usable through our open data platform. Knoema’s smart search engine moves beyond simple keyword search results to dataset discovery and auto-generated visualization collections to represent your data query.”

NewsNow

This is a UK based site, but you can personalize a free homepage with news from sources you prefer from sources all over the world.

Original article:

Price, Gary, and Henrietta Verma. “E-toolkit redux.” Library Journal, 1 Nov. 2016, p. S18+. Business Collectionhttps://goo.gl/bf4xWQ

 

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

http://oxfordre.com/

If you are researching an unfamiliar topic and seek peer-reviewed material, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias may be a good resource.  From the site:

“The OREs offer long-form overview articles written and edited by leading scholars and researchers, addressing both foundational and cutting-edge topics across the major disciplines. Oxford University Press is developing this program in response to a growing need for reliable information to be used at the start of serious research on an unfamiliar topic.

Designed to inform academic research at all levels, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias will be a constantly growing and evolving reference source. Each subject goes beyond the basic facts to contextualize topics within existing scholarship and help pave the way to deeper engagement and inquiry.”

Several different subject areas are covered, from African History to Religion, and from the link above you search the topic on the right hand side of the site.  Once you choose a link you are directed to an entire site dedicated in great detail to the topic.  One drawback to the site is that some of the information may only be accessed via subscription, though there is some free content as well.

PDF Convert

https://pdfconvert.me/

From the site, “pdfconvert.me is a free email service which will take the content of a message and return that content back to the sending email as a PDF attachment. This allows mobile devices to have a “print to PDF” feature in many circumstances.”

E-mail’s are sent to pdfconvert@pdfconvert.me, webconvert@pdfconvert.me, attachconvert@pdfconvert.me, or noheaders@pdfconvert.me. No sign up is required.

Manualslib – The Ultimate Manuals Library

http://www.manualslib.com/

This site contains lots of free users guides uploaded by people who held on to the instruction booklet for their refrigerator, computer, dishwasher, remote control, etc. Over 700,000 pdf’s are on the site. Just use the search box to type in what manual you are looking for. From the site, “Search results include manual name, description, size and number of pages.” You can view the manual or download it to your computer by an add on. All manuals are only available in PDF.

You can also share the pages of the manual on social media, if you like. Just click, “share this page”.

Likewise, you can even upload a manual to a product that you don’t see on the page. Instructions are available on the home page.

Codeacademy

http://www.codecademy.com/

Want to learn how to write code and start a website? Codeacademy is the place to go to. Codeacademy provides learning resources for writing websites, games, and apps. Under the “Learn” button, you can choose the topics of HTML, CSS, PHP, jQuery, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, and API’s to master. You can also create your own class and become a teacher under the “Teacher” button. The information is free for anyone to use on the website.

Automated Clearing House Number Look Up

http://abanumberlookup.com/

What if a check you have received has no identifying bank name? There is a way to look it up under its routing transit number. This is a nine digit bank code used in the United States that is on the bottom left side of a check. From Wikipedia, “The RTN (routing transit number) is also used by Federal Reserve Banks to process Fedwire funds transfers, and by the Automated Clearing House to process direct deposits, bill payments, and other such automated transfers.” This can also be called the ABA number, or the American Banking Association number.

From the website, “The Automated Clearing House, commonly called ACH, is a network of financial institutions that carry out 98% of the electronic transactions in the United States.” The Automated Clearing House website provides a way to look up routing transit numbers to find out where a check or fund transfer came from. Just type in the nine digit code into the search box. The website will then list the bank, along with its address.  If you then click on “browse listings” at the bottom of the webpage, a list of institutions will come up. Click on the first letter of the institution to bring it up and get its ACH services phone number.