October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

This October, the Public Library Association (PLA) and public libraries nationwide (like EBRPL!) will celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

PLA is doing its part by highlighting cyber security material on DigitalLearn.org, a collection of self-directed, interactive online tutorials developed by the association to help users increase their digital literacy. At DigitalLearn.org, learners can take short, self-directed courses that help them recognize danger and stay safe online. These include:

  • Accounts and Passwords. This course teaches the basics of creating online accounts, including creating secure passwords and keeping accounts secure.
  • Online Scams. This course helps new computer users identify and recognize types of scams, how to avoid getting hurt, and how to report them.
  • Internet Privacy.  This course helps learners understand the level of personal, confidential information we can share on websites and via email, and take control of the information we are constantly sending and receiving.

If you want a little help with one of these classes, or any of the others on Digital Learn, come to the Main Library on Goodwood every other Saturday at 2:00 for Open Lab in the Tech Lab – the next session is next Saturday, October 14th.

EBRPL is one of the pilot libraries for a partnership with Cox Communications to develop enhanced digital literacy training and resources, including Home Broadband, for library patrons and families. In all Cox markets across the company’s 18-state footprint, Cox and the local libraries will collaborate on digital literacy and internet adoption initiatives. Click here to learn more about the PLA/Cox project.

For more information about DigitalLearn.org, call us at 225-231-3750. For more information about the Public Library Association, check out their website!

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher is an exciting new digital resource, available for free with your library card. CQ Researcher has been publishing well-researched summary reports on important issues affecting the United States and the rest of the world since 1923.

A new report is published weekly on a “hot topic,” and covers current and historical perspectives on the issue, as well as pro/con statements on potential resolutions.

The following video details exactly how to use the CQ Researcher web resource, including search tips:

Popular Lynda Courses for July

It’s too hot to be running around outside getting an education when you don’t have to, so sign on to Lynda and teach yourself a hobby you can do in the air conditioning. Here’s a list of the most popular options for this month!

  1. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  2. JavaScript Essential Training
  3. Excel 2013 Essential Training
  4. HTML Essential Training
  5. Excel 2016 Foundations
  6. Online Marketing Foundations
  7. Project Management Foundations
  8. SQL Essential Training
  9. Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  10. WordPress Essential Training

Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History Since 1940

June is Pride Month! Why not celebrate with a brief sideways glance at the past?

The Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History Since 1940 draws from collections of primary source material from over 35 countries, including detailed coverage of the AIDS crisis, the rise and progress of LGBTQ rights movements in the US and the UK, and internal records and publications of some of the first gay and lesbian groups. The Archives features interview transcripts, publications by, for, and about the LGBTQ community, personal correspondence between LGBTQ individuals, and photographs of LGBTQ life and events.

It has all the usual search features – perhaps the most interesting for Pride-related reasons is the “Photograph” limiting option in the Advanced Search – but you can also easily search by term frequency. We looked up “Pride” to see how it’s developed over time from a historical standpoint:

The popularity of a term measures the number of times the term is mentioned against the number of documents available for that year. Statistics!

Celebrate the future and remember the past this Pride with the Archives of Sexuality & Gender, available for free with your library card.

A photo of an early Pride march from the archives of the Mattachine Society of New York.

 

 

Kanopy

With Kanopy, our BRAND NEW entertainment resource, you can watch up to 15 indie films, classics, documentaries, and more each month. Every film you play can be watched an unlimited number of times for three days before you need to spend another play credit to watch it again. Kanopy can be accessed from any device, including Roku! Watch anything from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, an excellent Iranian vampire flick, to Plastic Paradise – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a documentary about what happens to the things we throw away. Set up a playlist and watch them one right after the other! Set up more than one playlist to make sure you remember to inflict very bizarre second of movies like Eraserhead on your friends! The possibilities are endless!

Gale Courses have some New Options!

As your children and/or school-age relatives slide into summer and you start considering a family vacation, keep in mind that there’s never a bad time to learn something new. You can even take classes on your smartphone with Gale Courses!

Gale is launching a brand-new site optimized for use with mobile devices. 152 of their fabulous six-week courses are available on the new platform: check out the full list in the Excel document below!

Gale Courses on New Platform as of May 17

The new version is responsive, intuitive, and has more ways to learn. It also comes with a new car smell! (But you will have to imagine that for yourself.) Some classes may be available in both old and new platforms while they make the shift, but stick around – the new one is great. It’s never been easier or more fun to pick up a new skill.

Some of it comes from the internet!

Try Gale Courses today!

OverDrive’s Streaming Video

Did you know that OverDrive, one of our many fabulous digital resource collections, has not only more audiobooks than you could listen to in a lifetime AND more ebooks than you could read while remaining gainfully employed, BUT ALSO more streaming videos than you could shake a stick at (should you be so inclined)?

So many choices! So many options! So many Muppets! (Who doesn’t love the Muppets?! Watch Muppet Treasure Island and educate yourself. Just don’t try to base your Treasure Island book report on it.)

ALL THE MUPPETS

Come on, EBRP – let’s go to the movies!

Home Improvement Reference Center

Whether or not your house flooded in August, it can always use a little upkeep. For those jobs that help make your protection from the elements feel a little homier, we’ve got the Home Improvement Reference Center.

Go in to tackle a specific repair, or check out the “Decorating” section for ideas to spruce up your space. If you’ve got more serious issues to address, there’s even a section on how to work with contractors so your house looks the way you expect when they’re gone. There’s also a sample Homeowner’s Journal you can use to keep track of maintenance work you’ve done and make sure you schedule regular upkeep.

As you may know if you have a child under ten, Bob the Builder asks, “Can we fix it?” Bob the Builder tells us, “Yes. We can.” Good skill, people of Baton Rouge!

Lynda in the Spring

The weather is fluctuating between eighty degrees and something a lot colder than that. It’s March. Spring is more or less what you call this, so celebrate a new growing season by expanding your mind and/or skill set with Lynda! Here are the top ten courses:

  1. Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals
  2. Excel 2013 Essential Training
  3. HTML Essential Training
  4. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  5. Project Management Fundamentals
  6. Illustrator CC Essential Training (2015)
  7. WordPress Essential Training
  8. JavaScript Essential Training
  9. Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2015)
  10. Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Fundamentals are essential this season! Acquire some for yourself.