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ReferenceUSA Online Classes

ReferenceUSA contains a surprising amount of information about businesses, local and national.  Our friends at ReferenceUSA offer free web classes to help library users be more successful using their wonderful resources.  I'll be taking these classes.  Won't you join me? 

 

When you register, you will receive a confirmation message by email with instructions for how to join the training session. Oh, and during your registration when you reach the question: How I heard about this...:, please choose "Library Website."  Thanks. please choose,


Topic: ReferenceUSA Search Essentials
Day/Date: Most Fridays (April, May, June)
April 11, May 2, May 9, May 16, June 13, June 20, June 27
Time: 12:00 PM (1 hour)
Designed for anyone new to using our database, this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA.
We will cover the Four Essentials that anyone, particularly anyone new to ReferenceUSA, will want to know in order to be successful using the resource.
This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques.
Lots of time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions.
To register for any of the session dates, follow the link, select a time zone and complete form; you will then receive meeting coordinates and confirmation
REGISTER: ReferenceUSA Search Essentials

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Have you tried a MOOC?

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are everywhere teaching everything.  Many are free, others will cost you.  Some are offered for college credit or continuing education certification, most are offered for personal enrichment.  Courses cover topics from food and fashion to calculus and economics.  Georgia Tech recently announced they will be offering a full Master's program in Computer Science online and the Wharton School of Business is posting much of its first year MBA content as a MOOC.  So if you want to find the right MOOC for you, take a look at MOOC List, a comprehensive list of massive open online courses available for you to enroll in immediately.

Welcome to Learning Services

Hernando County Public Library's Learning Services program offers multiple educational opportunities to the county's residents andvisitors.  From computer lab classes to improve your technology skills to instruction on using the Overdrive ebook and audiobook services to indivdual assistance supporting library user research, whatever you need to learn at the library, Learning Services is here to support you.  Of course this includes help with online learning services such as Testing and Education Research Center, Mango Languages, and Universal Class.

Overdrive Instructions

We have placed these handouts here to facilitate the use of the Overdrive ebook collection, provided to you free of additional charge through the Hernando County Public Libraries.  If you have any problems, contact any member of the library staff for assistance.

 

iconOverdrive and Adobe Digital Editions
icon Overdrive and Kindle
icon Overdrive and Audiobooks
icon Overdrive on Tablets
icon Overdrive 3.0

Class Handouts

 We're posting the handouts for our lab classes so if you've been our student and lost your handout, you can retrieve it here.  If you haven't been our student, you're still welcome to download these handouts and use them.  Perhaps one of these handouts will move you to take a class with us.

 

icon Email Basics

icon Facebook Basics

icon File Management Basics

icon Pictures on the Web

icon Web Browser Basics

icon Windows Basics

icon Word 2007 Basics

altWord Next Steps

 

Career Development @ Your Library

 

Are you aware of all the tools your library has to help you in your career?  From books to websites, from studying for civil service and licensing exams to using Microsoft Word to create a resume, your library can even direct you to aptitude and personality test to help you select a new career.  Too much information too fast? That’s why your library offers classes.

 

Starting Tuesday, September 3 at Spring Hill and on Wednesday, September 4 at West Hernando, we will be offering a series of classes on the library’s career development materials.  The first week will cover Looking for Work, a look at the print and web resources available and how best to use them.  During the second week’s class we’ll look at Creating a Resume, using websites and Microsoft Word to help you start an impressive looking resume.  The third week brings a look at the online Career Development resources provided through your library.  And for the last week, we’ve put together a list of Do’s and Don’ts to help you in Acing Your Interview and will include an opportunity to do a video interview using Google Hangout.

 

Each class will be ninety minutes and will begin at 5 pm.  Get registered now as seats are limited, and see if we can’t give you the tools to make your next career move possible.

Thinking about taking a library class?

Still wondering if a library class might be for you?  Read this!

Top 10 Benefits Of Lifelong Learning
according to Nancy Merz Nordstrom

10. Lifelong learning helps fully develop natural abilities.

“We all have innate natural abilities,” says Nordstrom. “Some of which might not be readily apparent. Once we’re no longer working full time, we have the opportunity to fully explore and develop these abilities.”

 

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Supplemental Materials for Lab Classes

Here are copies of the documents used in our File Management: Basics class, Word: Basics class, and Word: Next Steps class.  These documents are in PDF format, so you'll need to copy and paste the contents into a blank Wordpad file to edit it.  Instructions on how to do that are available on pages 16 through 20 of the "Windows: Basics" handout.  You'll find that handout elsewhere on this webpage.

 

Hope you find these helpful!

 

icon Review of To Kill A Mockingbird

alt Samuel Success Work in Progress

alt Samuel Success: Example

alt Word Next Steps - Notes for Four of July Cake

alt Word Next Steps - Recipe Page

Learning Recommendation: edX.org

The state of Florida missed this one, even though HCPL and Stephen Colbert didn't.  EdX is a non-profit organization created by founding partners Harvard and MIT. Their goal is to bring the best of higher education to students of all ages and backgrounds all around the world. EdX offers MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and interactive online classes in subjects including law, history, science, engineering, business, social sciences, computer science, public health, and artificial intelligence (AI)

 

Take courses from some of the best university instructors in the world for free.  Don't forget, you heard it here first.  Click here to get involved with a learning opportunity of a lifetime.

Learning Recommendation: GCFLearnFree.org

Whenever we find reliable free resources on the Web, we can't wait to share them.  This page is terrific.  Sponsored by Goodwill Industries, GCFLearnFree.org creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.  The style of class differs based on the material being taught, and may be presented as a reading, a video, an interactive exercise, or a simulation.  Many of the classes are instructor supported, meaning that at the other end of you computer connection is a real person, ready and willing to help you and support your needs.

Give it a try.  We have.  Just click here.

Take a look at Universal Class

Universal Class demonstrates that web classes don't have to be cold boring readings carried out alone and without input.  Instead, Universal Class creates an environment of fun, with easy stimulating readings, multiple choice and essay tests with a real teacher to provide insights on your work and a social network, enabling the user to have a real campus experience.  Learning the way it should be, filled with fun yet with an eye to responsibility.  Try Universal Class

Socrates Café

The Hernando County Public Library System announces the formation of two Socrates Cafés, one to meet the second Thursday at Spring Hill Branch Library from 5 pm to 7 pm; the other, the third Thursday at the West Hernando Branch, also from 5 pm to 7 pm.

What is the Socrates Café? Simply a group of people getting together for a couple of hours and, with the help of a facilitator, applying the Socratic method to some question that troubles them.

A Socrates Café is nontechnical, and though it may become erudite, it welcomes folks who've never read a word of philosophy in their lives.  What is important is that you come to the meetings with questions and a willingness to search for answers wherever they may be.  When in doubt, just ask yourself: "What would Socrates do?" Remember, Socrates presented himself as a perplexed inquirer who knew only that he knew nothing; by example, he showed that the proper business of the philosopher-and, by extension, a Socrates Café facilitator is to help us see that we don't know nearly as much as we think we know, yet more than we suspect.

Do Socrates Café participants ever arrive at an answer to their questions? Sometimes, but it's not about coming up with answers but finding a way to ask the questions. 

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