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New courses available from Lynda.com January 5, 2017

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Lynda.com is a 24/7 video learning service available to library patrons that provides the opportunity to learn software, technology, creative, and business skills.  The courses are in video format so users can view video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts to learn a new skill or increase knowledge of an existing skill.  You can reach lynda.com by clicking here:  https://www.lynda.com/portal/sip?org=stls.org   or click on the Lynda.com icon on the CCLD website http://ccld.lib.ny.us/ homepage and log in using your library card number and PIN.

Then you can search the video library for a topic of your interest.  Lynda will remember you so if you cannot finish the course in one sitting, you can come back later and continue where you left off.

It’s perfect for any businessperson, company owner, student, techie type or naturally curious individual who wants to expand their knowledge of a wide variety of topics.   You can access Lynda from your home computer, tablet and even on your smart phone.

Lynda.com adds new courses each month.  Below is a list of new courses just added in December.  To keep you informed, we will continue to post new courses in coming months.

Take a Computer Class! July 15, 2016

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computerConfounded by computers? Intimidated by technology, but afraid to ask questions?

You are not alone! Many, many adults have had to teach themselves how to use a computer and explore the web. Some have sailed through the process, while others need more help.

To all of us who “don’t get it”, don’t be discouraged! Start by taking a free computer class at the Steele Memorial Library! We have several courses: Beginning Computer class, which explains the parts of the computer, the way it works, how to operate a mouse, etc. Beginning Internet, which explains how to navigate the internet, determine safe sites, protect yourself from hackers, and stay one step ahead of them with strong passwords.

We also have Tablet Talk classes – a class on how to use your device at Steele and at the Horseheads branch! All types of devices are welcome – just bring your device in fully charged, and any passwords you need, and our staff will help you tackle the broad strokes and the fine points!

Check our monthly calendar of events for the next class! You can take as many classes as you like!

You CAN do this!

Beneficial Bits ‘n Bytes: Lynda.com May 18, 2016

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lyndaAre you ready to take the next step in your job or hobby but just don’t have the skills you need in one crucial area?

Do you need to learn Excel in order to be considered for a promotion?  Do you want to learn how to build databases through Access?  Do you need tutorials on Computer Aided Drafting for the next career move?

These classes are available for free, on demand, through your library.  The Chemung County Library District is proud to offer all its patrons free access to lynda.com–a treasure trove of online classes in specialized topics.    All you need is a library card and the Internet to access this information.  (If you don’t have internet at home, come to the library for free wifi and to use a computer here).

To get to lynda.com, click on the lynda.com button that appears on our home page:  http://ccld.lib.ny.us/

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – BookMyne December 1, 2015

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Have you ever had a conversation about books or movies and thought to yourself ‘When I get home I will search on my computer to see if I can borrow the book or movie from the library’, then when you get on your computer, you’ve forgotten the title or author? If you have a smart phone or tablet, I suggest that you download and install BookMyne.

What is BookMyne?

BookMyne is a mobile app that allows users to search and place holds on items contained within the Southern Tier Automated Regional Catalog (STARCat). The app is available on both Android and IOS (Apple) platforms.

How Do I get it?

Go to the Play Store (for android devices) or the App Store (for iPhones or iPads) and download to your smartphone or tablet.

How do I set up?

1. After installing the app, tap on “Find Library” toward the bottom of the screen.

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2. Tap on your library from the list and then tap on “Add This Library”.

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I’ve installed BookMyne, and added my library now what?
Tap on “My Account” (you will be prompted for your library card number and PIN). Once logged into your account you can view and renew checkouts, view/edit/remove/suspend holds, and view fines and profile info.

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Can I search for books?
1. Tap on Search.
2. Type desired keyword(s) in the search box (1).
3. Tap one of the limiter fields (2) (Note: All Fields is the default).
4. Tap the search icon (3)

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If you are in a bookstore, You can even scan the book’s barcode.
1. Tap on “Barcode Scanner”.

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2. Scan the book’s UPC barcode with your smartphone or tablet’s camera.

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Can I place holds with BookMyne?
Yes you can!
1. Tap on an item in your search result (Note: You can tap on the check boxes for multiple items as well.)
2. Tap on “Place Hold” (if you have not already done so, you will be prompted to login to your account.)

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3. When prompted to select pickup location (this corresponds to the library you chose when you first installed the app), tap “Save”.

3. Tap on “Place Hold”.


 

Owen Frank, Branch Supervisor

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Free Online File Conversion May 2, 2015

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zamzarA lot of people visit the public library because they need to print a document. Most Windows computers come with a word processing program called Microsoft Works installed and many people use it to create documents. What a lot of people do not realize is that Microsoft Works files are not compatible with Microsoft Word, the paid product from Microsoft used for word processing (the program installed on the library’s computers). If you’ve created your file using Microsoft Works and get to the library, ready to print, only to discover that your file will not open, there is a solution!   There is a free online file conversion site, zamzar.com, that allows you to upload a file, choose the file type you’d like to convert it to, enter your email, and have the finished converted file emailed to you for download. The great thing about this site is that it does not require you to install any software to convert the file, since many public libraries restrict users from installing software for security reasons. Not only does this site convert WPS files to DOC files for the scenario described above, it also converts a number of other document, music, and image file types.

Jennie Lewis
Virtual Services Librarian
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Keyboard Shortcuts May 12, 2014

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I love working with younger librarians (Owen, Jennie, Connie) because they so often tell me a quick way to do something on a computer that I didn’t know. One of those things is keyboard commands. For example: if you want to find a word in a document you are typing and you hold the Control key down and tap the F key, a box comes up where you type the word and hit the enter key and it goes directly to the word. If you want to print and can’t find a symbol of a printer or the word print underlined on the screen, you can always hold the CTRL key down and hit the P key and print the document you are viewing. To copy a part of a document you can highlight what you want to copy and hold the CTRL key and hit the C button. You get the idea but for more keyboard commands, you can go to Google and just type in Keyboard Commands or see the list below for more ideas.

• CTRL+C: Copy
• CTRL+X: Cut
• CTRL+V: Paste
• CTRL+Z: Undo
• CTRL+B: Bold
• CTRL+U: Underline
• CTRL+I: Italic

Phyllis Rogan
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Did you know that your public library is a vacation planner’s paradise? April 14, 2014

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About a year ago my daughters and I were in the process of planning for their first trip to Europe. Seeing that all three of us were recent college graduates we balked at the thought of signing up for a group tour package. Deciding to set our own itinerary meant we would have a whole lot of work ahead of us.

Fortunately my daughters figured that since dad was paying for the trip they wouldn’t complain at where he wanted to go (amazing how that works out). We decided to use library materials as our “travel agent” to give us tips on where to go and what to see. So for a few months prior to our departure I checked out travel guides, books and DVDs to learn more about Europe. And borrowing from the library helped us save money. After all who can’t use extra cash when they are going on vacation?

In addition, the suggested itineraries helped us focus our sightseeing on the places we really wanted to visit while making sure we didn’t overextend ourselves. We also had copies of important phrases from different guide books so we could at least say “please” and “thank you” in the language of where we were (a hint- the good guide books will have an index of common foreign language phrases).  I had also checked out a French CD to brush up on my skills as well as used our Mango Languages program to make sure the phrases we were trying to use sounded reasonably close. If you are not familiar with Mango Languages, it is an online language-learning system, teaching conversation skills for over 30 languages including English. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. Once again, this is a free database available at CCLD.  All you need is your library card and PIN to access Mango Languages.

We used the library computers to research the State Department website to make sure where we were going was safe, checked on flights and trains, and researched tricks to help save money on airfare and hotels. Fortunately, we had also downloaded a few library eBooks prior to departure which gave us something to read during the long flights and delays we encountered.

So the next time you are going on vacation come on in and give us a try. You will find a variety of resources to help make your trip more enjoyable.  Also, make sure to sign up for our vacation planning class next month at the Central Library:  Roadtripping – May 21 at 6pm.  Learn to plan, organize, and discover great places to visit this summer using roadtrippers.com and more. The Tech Lab Class is limited to 12 participants. Call today to register 733-9175.

Ronald W. Shaw
Director, CCLD

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – NoveList March 24, 2014

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What to Read Next???

If you have read every book by Stephen King, John Grisham, or Joanne Fluke in the STARCat collection and yearn to learn of other books or authors that are similar in writing style, plot, or setting, try our Novelist Database today.

What is NoveList???

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Novelist is a special database that helps fiction readers of all ages find new and interesting books and authors by identifying titles similar by plot, subject, writing style, setting, and much more. In the library business we call this database a Readers Advisory tool.

How do I find NoveList???

  1. Go to: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/db.htm#Literature
  2. type in your 13 digit Library Card number.
  3. Click Submit Query Button

How do I use NoveList???

There are several ways to discover new books and authors. Here are some browsing options:

Top left Corner by author, series, subject or more.

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Right Column Articles and in-depth Topics

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Left Column Browse by Genres

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The middle of the page provides suggestions by popular titles

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Searching Options–You can enter your favorite author, title, series or subject in the search box.
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After your search is completed, You have several options for limiting or narrowing your results. See Below

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Similar Authors

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Or by audience, and publication date.
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Click here to view tutorial YouTube videos. Of course you can always call the Central Library’s adult services desk at 733-9175 if you have any questions.

Owen Frank
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – JobNow! February 18, 2014

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JobNow!Job searching and resume creation are topics that we are often asked about in the Adult Services Department of CCLD’s Central Library.  You may or may not be aware that patrons of our library and libraries of the Southern Tier (public libraries in Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates Counties) have access to a service called JobNowJobNow has a number of features that can help job seekers including:  career resources, resume help, interview coaching, GED test prep, and more.

For individuals looking for help creating a resume, there are downloadable templates available to help them get started.  If someone already has a resume and would like help fine-tuning it, there is a resume lab service that allows users to submit a resume and receive feedback within 24 hours.  Another great feature available is live resume help that allows users to connect with an expert for resume advice.  The portion of the website dedicated to helping users “ace the interview” includes links to tips and resources and also has a live coaching feature that allows you to connect to an interview coach.  All of the live help features are only available from 2pm – 11pm on Mondays.  For more information about JobNow, contact the Central Library.  To access JobNow, click on the link located on our databases page.

JobNow was purchased with Central Book Aid Funds provided to CCLD’s Central Branch by New York State.

Jennie Lewis
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Windows 8.1: It is a Good Operating System! December 27, 2013

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windows8Many end users find Windows 8 a terrible experience. The main reason for this is because Windows 8 itself has a high learning Curve. Most end users are only comfortable with what they know. The inherent danger with this is that technology is always changing. The main evidence to support this is the transition away from the traditional mouse and keyboard to touchscreen interface. Fifty years from now technology will most definitely evolve to a different interface from touchscreen.Devices like the iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and phones support operating systems that are primarily geared toward the touch interface. With the iOS and Android, end users can have a simple and easy to understand experience. But Microsoft takes it one step further. With Windows 8, you essentially get 2 operating systems in one. The Metro UI interface that is completely touch friendly and supports an ever growing library of apps, and the traditional Windows desktop experience with a few minor changes. As computer technology advances, the only reason one needs a keyboard, in the future, would be to type documents such as letters, emails, spreadsheets, and the like. Everything else with be interfaced with touch. The presence of full desktop computers will diminish and end home users will be migrating to mobile technology. Although this right now includes laptops, their presence will diminish as well, as tablet pcs will become more accessible and more predominant.

I personally have just purchased a Windows tablet PC. My experience so far has been quite streamlined. Not only can I get work related things done, but I can also play casual games on my downtime at home. I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1, which is free if you’ve purchased Windows 8. Now many IT technicians are geared toward the traditional desktop experience and find Windows 8 and 8.1 daunting and useless. Their biggest gripe being the change of the start button interface. For most people who are familiar with Windows, Microsoft has incorporated the start button since its earliest incarnation, streamlining its use by the most popular incarnation of Windows, Windows XP. I don’t consider myself a typical IT technician. I’m always interested in new technology and new ways of computing. I always found the start menu interface dogmatic and clunky. And although Windows XP may have been the most popular version of Windows, I found the default theme such an eyesore. Many improvements were made by Windows 7, and many more by Windows 8.1. One of the neat features they’ve added in desktop mode to copying files is showing the frequency and rate at which the file is copying or deleting. Another thing I enjoy is the color scheme. It is very easy on the eyes and has one of the sleekest looking interfaces out of any operating system I’ve seen so far. If one can get past the task of learning the interface, one would realize that it isn’t that arduous at all. Microsoft even gives you a brief tutorial when you first install it. Thinking of the future without forgetting the past, I believe that Microsoft has assembled their best operating system to date.

Michael Truesdail
CCLD IT Assistant

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