Big Talk From Small Libraries: Technology Classes at South Sioux City Public Library


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Presented by David Mixdorf, Director & Odessa Meyer, Children’s Librarian, South Sioux City Public Library (NE) on February 28, 2013 as part of the Big Talk From Small Libraries Conference.

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Big Talk From Small Libraries: Technology Classes at South Sioux City Public Library

  1. 1. 1. Know Your Computer: Would you like to learn the very basics of your computer? How about increase you computer vocabulary? This class will teach the very basics of computer knowledge. It will let you feel confident in knowing what all the components are on your computer.2. Keyboard Mouse Skills:Double-click, Right-click, Scroll… If you get overwhelmed by knowing what all to do and when to do it with your computer mouse, step into this class and learn! Your mouse and keyboard are the ways you communicate with your computer; the more you know the more you can make your computer work for you.3. Clean Up Your Computer:Is your computer running slower? Do pop-ups keep appearing? Does your computer randomly crash or freezes up? Then this may be the class for you. Clean Up Your Computer shows you how to maintain your computer on both the outside and the inside. Learn what basic procedures and what free software you can use to improve the performance of your computer.4. Setting Up an Email Account:If you never have had an email account this is the class for you. Learn about the different free email service that is very easy to sign- up for and use.5. Yahoo Messenger: Do you have friends or family that live so far away you never get to see them. Yahoo Messenger provides you the opportunity to keep in contact with them for free. Yahoo Messenger is a free instant messaging program that allows you to visually see, talk to and even send text messages to individuals all over the world. This class will teach you how to set up an account and what type of equipment you will need for your computer.6. Twitter Basics: An introduction to signing-up, creating a profile and using the service to find friends and/ or use Twitter for a news source. Patrons will have the opportunity to have two Twitter friends by the end of the class.7. Facebook Basics:This class will help you get up to speed on how to create, use and maintain a Facebook page of your own and understanding the privacy policies and settings.8. Facebook for Your Business: This class will help you get up to speed on how to create, use and maintain a Facebook page of for your own business.9. Blogging Basics: We will coverhow to create a blog, use templates to create the look you want and how to add fun stuff to your blog.10. Your Library Online Catalog: This is a broad overview of information and services available on the library webpage. The focus is on using the online catalog.11. Learn Your Library Web Page: Learn everything that you have available on the library web page. How to renew books, how to search for jobs, find out important information, what books your favorite author has written. All this information will be revealed and more.
  2. 2. 12. Can You Get This Book from another Library?:If the library doesn’t have a book you want, we can often borrow it from another Nebraska library. Learn how to discover what is available at other libraries across the state.13. What to Read Next: Learn how to use online tools from the library to discover your next book.14. Hold On!—How to use the online catalog to put a book on hold: So you are reading a really great book and want to get the next volume. Learn how to put that book on hold on a library book online.15. Nebraska Access: An introduction to the search engine developed by the Nebraska Library Commission and the databases available to South Sioux City Public Library card holders.16. Job and Career Accelerator:Are you looking for a job? Need help updating your resume? Then this is your class. Learn how to use this library database to search and apply for jobs in the United States. This program allows you to create a resume and cover letters that are adapted to the type of job you are looking for.17. Mango Languages: Learn languages quickly and easily with the worlds most powerful language software. Mango Languages allows you to learn even the most difficult languages. Choose from 16 foreign languages and 12 English as second languages (ESLs).18. Everything Google: Welcome to the wonderful world of Google. Learners will discover some about Gmail, iGoogle, Google Documents, Google calendar, Google Books and more.19. Googles Documents Spotlight: This class will give learners an opportunity to learn how to create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the cloud and share them with friends.20. E-book Reader: Covers what an e-Book readersis and provides hands on demonstration of some of the different kinds. Also teaches how to use Overdrive, a way to get e-Books through the Library.21. QR Code’s: Have you heard of Q R Codes? Do you know what they are? How can they benefit you? Do you have a smartphone to use them? Come find out more information over this unique tool that the library is implementing.22. Online Bookmarking and Note Keeping: Discover various options for online bookmarking and note keeping.23. Search Engines: Covers some of the search engines other than Google, Yahoo and Bing. Students will learn about Collarity, Ixquick, and How to Search the Internet:Tired of having 100,000’s of results appear whenever you search the internet. Learn some of the tricks librarian’s use to make your search a lot more manageable.25. Internet Privacy: We will cover why privacy is important, safe searches and safety in social media.
  3. 3. 26. Using Reference Sources: By using reference tools, we will cover how to find information on Wilson Web, eLibrary and HeritageQuest.27. PinterestBasic:Discover, collect, and share inspiration, Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. Join millions of pinners who are using Pinterest to share and explore their interests, the possibilities are endless!28. Windows Basics:We will start at the very beginning of Windows 7 with an introduction to the Desktop, Start Menu and the all new Taskbar.29. Windows Basics 2: With this class we will build on the knowledge of Windows Basic and learn more about the Start Menu, where you can launch any programs installed on your computer and also search for files (pictures, videos and music) We’ll also demonstrate how to “pin” your favorite programs to the Start Menu or Taskbar.30. Windows Basics 3: Did you know that you can Aero Peek, Snap and Shake on your computer? If you don’t know what we am talking about, stop in and let us show you some new ways of working with Windows to make it more productive.31. Microsoft Word 1:We want you to become familiar with Microsoft Word 2007, so to begin we will start with basic terminology, how to accomplish everyday tasks such as creating a new document, saving a document, spell checking, changetext and printing.32. Microsoft Word 2: We will add to our knowledge from Word 1 and expand a little bit more. We will discuss the ruler, insert/overtype, cut and paste, using the clipboard, and paragraph styles33. Microsoft Word 3: We have learned all about saving, new documents, text editing, cut and paste and much more. In this class you will learn bullets, undo/redo, setting margins, page numbers, page breaks, headers/footers and print preview and printing your document.34. Microsoft Excel 1: Trying to make a spreadsheet? Need a little starting guidance? We can help. We will teach all about the worksheets in Excel, how to move around the worksheet, all about the cells in the worksheet (cut copy paste) inserting rows/columns, and saving all your hard work.35. Microsoft Excel 2: Did you know that Excel has a way to input math calculations right on your worksheet? There are ways to edit the cells in the worksheet such as alignments, borders, font changes, background, etc.36. Microsoft Excel 3: If you need to insert a chart into an Excel worksheet, this class will teach you how. We will also talk about page breaks and printing your document.
  4. 4. 37. Microsoft Publisher 1: Microsoft Publisheris a basic course covering the types of documents that can be created, how to modify templates and how to insert text and images.38. Microsoft Publisher 2: Learn how to use and modify Microsoft Publisher templates.39. Microsoft Publisher 3: Learn how to create a variety of documents using Microsoft Publisher.40. Tech Thursday:You have tech questions. We will help you find the answers. Tech Thursday is a great time to bring your questions to the library and find the answers you need.