by Jennifer Eilers on March 16th, 2015
Many know that the library has Drop-In Tech times and computer classes to help you with your technology needs. But what if you cannot make it to those Tech Help times or want to learn from the comfort of your own home? Learning Express is another resource the library has to offer for free. It is a database that has a wide range of computer tutorials.
Learning Express offers comprehensive lessons on many popular software programs like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. For computer novices, it also offers basic computer and internet courses and tutorials on both Windows and Mac operating systems. The Learning Express software records your progress as you work to achieve your learning goals and features friendly experts who help to make learning both comprehensive and fun.
To access Learning Express go to www.icpl.org.
Click on, Reference and Research in the drop-down menu on the left-hand side. Select “Online Resources.”
Click on, “Learning Tools” in the “Online Resources: Browse by Category” menu
Learning Express is the first database offered. Click on “Visit Learning Express 3.0 now” to begin!
If you would like more information about Learning Express or the other databases the library subscribes to, please call the library at 356-5200 or speak with a librarian. If you are interested in Iowa City Public Library’s Tech Help Times or classes visit www.icpl.org/classes.
**** Please note that only residents of Iowa City or rural Johnson County and the cities of Hills, Lone Tree, and University Heights can access databases from home.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 30th, 2014
The Consumer Electronics Association stated that the 2014 holiday season will have the highest level of spending on consumer electronics since the association started tracking holiday spending in 1994. If you received a tech gift this season, the Iowa City Public Library has the digital resources to help your gift reach its full potential.
- OverDrive offers eBooks, eAudiobooks and local video that patrons can download to their computer or mobile device anywhere, anytime.
- TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books, audiobooks and eBooks for children.
- Zinio offers cover to cover access to more than 100 magazine titles to download to computers or mobile devices.
- Local Music Project is a collection of albums by eastern Iowa musicians available for free download to your computer.
Need help understanding your electronic device? The Library also offers drop in tech help in the second floor Computer Lab from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. Senior Tech Zone, drop in tech help for seniors, is available from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday.
The Library also offers tech classes on everything from iPad Tips & Tricks to exploring social media sites like LinkedIn and Pinterest. For more information about upcoming classes, including registration, visit www.icpl.org/classes.
Access to some digital collections are limited to residents who live in the Iowa City Public Library’s service area of Iowa City, unincorporated rural Johnson County, Hills, University Heights and Lone Tree. If you live outside of Iowa City Public Library’s service area please contact your local public library regarding availability of digital collections.
For more information about the Library’s digital collection, visit www.icpl.org/emedia or contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 25th, 2014
The Iowa City Public Library has released its adult technology class schedule for April.
Library Assistant Jennifer Eilers will teach a graphic design class using GIMP, a free, graphic design and photo editing software with similar capabilities as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, and again from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21.
Patrons in the class will learn the basics needed to create their own invites, cards or graphics such as cutting out photos, finding and inserting great fonts, and creating shapes. It is a great way for patrons to learn some new computer skills, have fun and get creative. GIMP can be downloaded for free at gimp.org.
Eilers and Adult Services Librarian Candice Smith will host a scanning class from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 19. Patrons can bring three to five pictures to scan, edit and enhance. The first part of the class will be devoted to scanning photos and the second part of the class will be on editing the photos they just scanned. Patrons can learn to improve their photos’ composition, coloring, exposure, and blurriness or graininess by using the GIMP software.
The adult technology classes are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early.
Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.