Gale Virtual Reference Library

We’ve added loads of new titles to the Gale Virtual Reference Library – investigate it today!

With Gale Virtual Reference Library, there’s no checking out and no waiting – every title can be fully accessed at any time, from any device that lets you access the internet. If you want to come back to something later, you can easily email a citation to yourself, or even save it to a cloud storage service like Google Drive or OneDrive.

The full text of every book and article is completely available, so start your research today on Gale Virtual Reference library – another resource that comes free with your library card.

Comics Plus Library Edition

Did you know you can catch up on some of your favorite comics titles for free, without leaving your house? Comics Plus Library Edition brings you single issues from publishers like Archie, Peanuts, Dark Horse, IDW, and more!

That means awesome titles like Hellboy, Sarah’s Scribbles, Star Trek, and Adventure Time can be yours for only the click of a button and the presence of a library card number. Comics Plus Library Edition works with your RBDigital account, so if you’ve ever trained with Hoonuit, flipped through RBdigital Magazines (formerly Zinio), played video games with OnePlay, jammed on Qello Concerts, screened a film with IndieFlix, or read or listened to anything on One Click Digital, you’re all ready to go – all of RBdigital’s services can be accessed with the same account.

If you don’t have an RBdigital account, getting set up is quick and easy – check out this illustrated guide!

If Black Panther has got you itching to dive in to the wide and wonderful world of graphic storytelling, Comics Plus Library Edition is a great place to start!

Online Learning with Lynda

You’ve settled your kids, relatives, friends, and significant others into the semester – now it’s time to learn something for yourself. Lynda’s self-paced, online courses can help you learn a fun new creative skill or make you more competitive on the job market. Take a look at the top ten courses here in Baton Rouge, and see what you could learn!

  1. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  2. Time Management Tips Weekly
  3. Angular 2 Essential Training
  4. Tableau 10 Essential Training
  5. Time Management Fundamentals
  6. Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Essential Training
  7. Illustrator CC 2018 Essential Training
  8. Python 3 Essential Training
  9. CompTIA A+ (220-901) Cert Prep: 5 Networking
  10. Teacher Tech Tips Weekly

These and many, many more are free with your library card! You can access Lynda wherever you use the internet.

Qello Concerts

It’s still really, really cold out there, so why leave your house when you can bring concerts to you? With Qello Concerts, you can stream hundreds of recorded concerts and music documentaries to any digital device by setting up an account with your library card. Rock out in your jim-jams with your favorite metalheads, or keep your mind off the state of your pipes with some nice relaxing Mozart; they’ve got dozens of genres, or you can search by time period or artist’s name:

There’s no better time to let music soothe the savage breast – or you can use it to celebrate tomorrow, when it’s supposed to get up out of the forties! Finally! FINALLY.

GO AWAY.

Learn a Lot with Lynda

The semester’s over, but whether you’ve finished school for now or are long done with your degree, that’s no excuse to stop learning! Check out the ten most popular classes available now on Lynda, a free resource you can access from home with your library card. You can find it in the Digital Library.

  • Excel 2016 Essential Training
  • Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  • JavaScript Essential Training
  • HTML Essential Training
  • Project Management Foundations
  • Excel 2013 Essential Training
  • Online Marketing Foundations
  • Data Science Foundations: Fundamentals
  • WordPress Essential Training
  • Premiere Pro 2017 Essential Training: The Basics

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.