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.
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.
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:
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!
With OnePlay, all you have to do to access hundreds of PC and Android games is download a single app. Download any available game – there are no holds or checkouts – and play offline on your desktop or Android phone. It’s free with your library card!
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:
Celebrate the future and remember the past this Pride with the Archives of Sexuality & Gender, available for free with your library card.
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!
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!
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.
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.)
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!