School Apps

Now that school is in full swing you might be looking for some great apps to help you stay organized. Here is a collection of websites with suggestions for great “back to school” apps that will help you stay organized this semester.

http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2012/12-great-ipad-apps-for-back-to-school/

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-back-to-school-apps/

http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/8_backtoschool_apps_college_students#slide-0

Some of my personal favorites are Dragon Dictation, which is a speech-to-text app. Tired of typing? Speak into your device and let it do the work for you. Flashcards+ is a great way to quiz yourself when you’re getting ready for a test allowing you to create your own deck of flashcards. Dropbox allows you to access your files on any device you’re using. This allows me to take my work files whereever I go! When I update a file it syncs it to all my devices.

Those are just some of the great apps in these lists! Be sure to check them out.

Laura

Rewarding Resources: Learning Express Library and Tutor.com

Since school has started and it students across the country will be taking tests, I thought I would take a moment to explain one of my favorite databases.  I often get asked if we have test preparation materials for test like the GED or SAT.  These books often check out and don’t come back or simple walk out the door.  This is a simple fact of life at the public library.  Fortunately we have databases that are available from home!

LearningExpressLibrary is as useful as a product as we offer.  The main feature is test preparation materials or practice tests for the GED, ASVAB, SAT, ACT, GRE, LSA, MCAT, and similar testing.  There are also materials related to professional licensing, like a CDL, or Civil Service Exams and many other test.  In addition, there is skill building materials for job seekers on such topics as writing, resumes, and interviewing.

The Library is also able to offer live homework help through Tutor.comTutor.com allows students to work virtually with a certified tutor from 2pm to 10pm.  There are also a host of resources available all the time that are helpful in test preparation, homework, and career searching.

To access these resource, visit http://online.lancasterlibraries.org/ and enter your library card number at the top and scroll down to LearningExpressLibrary or Tutor.com.

If any of these resources seem interesting to you or you would like a tutorial, please contact me at the Library or feel free to email me (kgreenawalt@ephratapubliclibrary.org).

Keith L Greenawalt, Public Services Manager

Fall At Your Library

As the air starts to chill and the leaves start to change we’re getting ready for a whole new batch of programs at the library. You can check out all the library’s programs by going here:

http://ephratapubliclibrary.org/calendar.php

What better time of year is there for improving your computer skills?

We’re offering a bunch of beginner computer classes, including How to Use a Keyboard and Mouse, and Intro to Computers. We also have an Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computers that covers everything from keyboard and mouse to making a basic document in Word. This  is a 5-part course with $50 fee. These classes are ideal for people who haven’t had the opportunity to learn the computer.

For more advanced users we’re offering classes on Beginner and Intermediate Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2010. Each class is two parts and has a $20 fee. Back by popular demand, we’re offering the Getting to Know Your Kindle Fire class again! This class has a $10 fee. All paid classes include handouts. There is also a Pinterest, and Security on the Internet class.

We’re offering a brand new program this Fall. Come check out our Tech Petting Zoo! This program will allow you to demo different electronic devices. The first petting zoo is Thursday, September 13. September’s petting zoo focuses on e-readers, and we’re going to have Sony e-readers, Kindles, Nooks, and other devices for you to test. In November we will have ALL our devices out to try in a Christmas preview. What better way to prepare for holiday shopping than trying the devices you’re thinking about purchasing?

If you’re interested in ANY of these programs you MUST REGISTER to attend. You can register by clicking the link posted above, or by calling the library. (717-738-9291) Keep in mind if you can’t attend you need to call and cancel. If you don’t give us 24-hours notice we will have to charge a $5.00 fee to your account.

We hope to see you this season!

Laura

Podio – Project Management Made Easy!

Recently, the library was looking for a solution to collaboration with several members of the staff. We all work different hour, we all have different responsibilities when at work and we all are very busy. We searched for the best solution and found Podio, Podio allows us to create tasks, have a calendar, organize files and more — and the best part is that we can customize the apps for what we need. The company has also added an app for the iPad, something we love since this is a tool we use on a regular basis. Nowhere have we found tools this powerful!!

Online collaboration is a real benefit for organizations like ours. As librarians, we have an innate desire to keep everything in an organized, logical fashion. As more and more businesses and nonprofits understand the benefits of online collaboration, the options for this service grow. We’ve tried others and they never had all the components we need. If you simply do a Google search to find online collaboration tools, you’ll find an overwhelmingly large amounts of options. However, when you start to dig into the tools and features, there are great differences. If you’re looking for a collaboration tool, we’d recommend looking into this tool.

If you want to learn more, the library is offering an Online Collaboration Workshop on September 28 from 8 a.m.-12 noon. This is a joint presentation by the library and the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce. We will be offering a special session about Podio and giving hands-on demonstrations of the variety of uses for this great tool!

For more information, visit www.podio.com.