KDL Blog ‘Research & Computer Tips’ Category

Learn4Life Is Now Gale Courses

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

 

Gale CoursesThere’s been a name change for one of our popular online resources: Learn4Life has been renamed Gale Courses. 

Besides the name and logo, nothing else has changed — Gale Courses still features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each 6-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

These are the types of classes that may cost hundreds of dollars to take from a for-profit company, but they are available for free with your KDL card! For more information, please see our original announcement.

(Currently enrolled students should experience no disruption in classes due to this re-branding. If you have any questions, please contact webmaster@kdl.org

 


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Contest Extended: Share Your Story & Win

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

online courseHave you taken computer classes offered at KDL? Have those classes helped you improve your tech savvy, polish your job skills, create a film or enriched your life, your outlook, your very being in some other way? Tell us how and you could win a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card and see your story on our Branches Patron Stories page.

To enter, fill out the form here by Friday, May 2. Contest open to teens and adults.

 

 


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Free Computer Classes & Job Seeker Workshops

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Spring 2014 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes and workshops for job seekers can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our May classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Gadgets: BYO eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Genealogy Research I & II
  • Internet: Online Security (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Developing Your Personal Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Communicating Your Brand (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Networking (pre-registration not required)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Bookcamp (pre-registration not required if you bring your own laptop)
  • Career Transitions Workshop: Behavioral Interviewing (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Online Courses for Aspiring Authors

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Learn4LifeDid you miss KDL’s annual writers conference last weekend? Still looking to learn about author-ly stuff? Check this out:

Learn4Life features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each 6-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

These types of classes can cost hundreds of dollars to take from a for-profit company, but they are available for free with your KDL card. Here are just some of the wide range of courses available:

Two lessons are released each week during the 6-week class session, and each lesson is estimated to take 2 hours to complete. A certificate of completion is available at the end of each course, which may be accepted as proof of continuing education by some workplaces or institutions. There is no penalty for not finishing a course, and there are no limits on how many you can sign up to take. See all offerings here. The next sessions begin April 16.

Watch a guided tour video or try it out yourself – just select the Reference Resources tab > Research Databases > the Online Learning category > Learn4Life.

 


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Don’t Miss Your Holds — Freeze them!

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Hooray!  It’s almost Spring Break!  But are you worried that leaving town will result in missing that book or movie you’ve been waiting for?  Head into vacation worry-free by freezing your holds before you leave and unfreezing them when you return.

To Freeze Your Holds:

  1. Log into your library account.
  2. Look for the Freeze column to the right of the titles you have on hold. Check this box for all the titles you want to freeze. (Note that you can’t freeze a hold that is already in transit or ready for pickup.)

    Freeze
  3. Click the Update List button at the bottom of the screen update
  4. When you return from vacation, just log into your account, un-check the box in the Freeze column, then click Update List again to “un-freeze” your holds.

Have a great trip!

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Hideout: Early Reading

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

HideoutHideout: Early Reading  is an app that helps kids learn to read through emphasizing letter sounds and word repetition. It also has catchy music and engagingly simple games to help keep users interested as they play. When playing, you have the option to choose a word ending and then play with the words in that “family.” Through activities such as popping kernels, breaking rocks or helping pets, words and sounds are reinforced as you blend them together to do the activities and read the sentences. Read and play together with your child while using this free app available from the Apple app store.

– Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch

 


 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

 


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KDL on WJRW — Melissa DeWild

Monday, March 24th, 2014

WJRWRecently, we announced that our Collection Development Manager Melissa DeWild won a national award from Library Journal. This morning, Melissa went on WJRW to talk about her award, career and exciting library projects she is working on.

Enjoy!

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Download WJRW3-24-14.mp3

 


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Wikipedia and You

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

WikipediaHave questions about Wikipedia and didn’t know who to ask?  Are you an expert in a certain topic, or simply a know-it-all?  Enjoy photography? Do you already edit a page on Wikipedia?

Plan to attend our Wikipedia Editors Meet-Up and Informational Gatherings taking place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 29 and Saturday, April 19 the East Grand Rapids Branch.

  • Topic for March 29: Local History and Genealogy
  • Topic for April 19: Photos, Research, Editing Tips and Tricks, Gardening

Join Bettina Cousineau, a Wikipedia educator and editor who is currently developing an online course for new Wikipedia editors, and other editors to help create the encyclopedia for everyone. Please bring your own laptop, or indicate at registration if you require borrowing one of ours.

Registration for this program is requested. To register, call 616-784-2007 or visit your local KDL branch. Please provide your library card number at time of registration.

This program is for teens and adults. We hope to see you there!

 

 


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KDL Top Ten — Freegal Downloads

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Time to face the music — Try KDL’s Freegal Music site today!  Download DRM-free MP3 files for millions of songs from Sony Music. And while you’re visiting, check out “My Library Top 10“:

Top Ten Freegal 03-14-2014


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You’re Hired! Career Transitions Workshops

Friday, March 14th, 2014

job successWant to brush up on your job-hunting skills? We can help with a series of free Career Transitions Workshops occurring this spring!

Developing Your Personal Brand
Learn how to identify, develop and market your innate talents to best be able to “sell what you do well,” whether it’s through verbal or written communications.
Wednesday, April 2, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 7, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Communicating Your Brand
Learn how to best share your personal brand by focusing on elevator pitches, résumés and online profiles, with emphasis on aligning your message with your professional value in the marketplace.
Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 14, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Networking
A lot of getting connected to job opportunities is about who you know.  Explore strategies and techniques needed to build and nurture effective relationships with contacts.
Wednesday, March 19, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, April 23, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 21, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

LinkedIn Boot Camp
Optimize your use of the professional networking website LinkedIn and develop your networking experience. Registration is required only if you cannot provide your own laptop.
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, April 24, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, May 22, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

Behavioral Interviewing
Create a positive and lasting impression. Learn essential techniques of how to ace interviews in today’s job market and how to negotiate terms of employment.
Wednesday, March 26, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch
Wednesday, April 30, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, May 28, 6:00 – 7:45 PM — East Grand Rapids Branch

The Career Transitions Workshop series is presented in partnership with Career Transitions Center West Michigan. Registration is not required.

 


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