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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 – 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

Krayon Kiosk at Big Flats Library August 26, 2015

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Krayon KioskTechnology is forever changing, tablets get smaller and phones are getting bigger again, but the thing is technology is everywhere. Almost everyone has a smart phone, a tablet or a laptop that you can take with you to access the internet wherever you are and libraries are no different. In fact, we are offering technology to very young patrons who seem to grasp the idea very eagerly.

Last April, the Big Flats Library was lucky enough to be able to purchase a Krayon Kiosk that houses 4 iPads for elementary aged children. Each tablet is pre-loaded with 52 educational apps geared for children 2-9 years old. These apps teach math, science, art, etc., all with the goal of having our young patrons learn as they have fun. This kiosk has proved very popular and the children who come in, run to sit on one of the bright chairs and settle in for a morning or afternoon of fun. While the young ones are playing on the tablet, mom has a chance to choose the books they will be taking home with no interruptions.

We are finding that children know how to use these devices since most have them in their home and are used to navigating the screens to get to the game. No instruction at all is needed to get them started. Yes, technology is here to stay, and this is just one more way your public library is staying on track with the latest innovations.

We invite you to come to the Big Flats Library and see for yourself how much fun our kiosk is. Come early, it fills up fast with our young patrons.

Glenice Peel
Big Flats Library
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Unbiased App Reviews June 17, 2015

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So often we rely on users’ opinions and our friends’ suggestions on what apps we download to our smartphones and tablets. Sometimes our friends and other reviewers are wrong. Luckily there are other sources to find unbiased reviews of apps.  Below are a few excellent unbiased sources available online:


mobileapps
An easy to navigate site that allows you to select Android, Apple, or Windows phone interfaces.

http://www.cnet.com/topics/mobile-apps/

commonsense

An excellent site that provides reviews for educational apps intended for children. According the website, “Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.” https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews

schoollibrary
Another unbiased source for reading reviews of apps intended for children. http://www.slj.com/category/reviews/apps/

 

Owen Frank–Branch Supervisor
Chemung County Library District

 

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