What's New

.: GET READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL
.: OVERDRIVE WITH MAC
.: REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Classes

.: FEATURED CLASSES OF THE MONTH
.: NEW CLASSES

 

Did You Know?

.: DATABASE OF THE MONTH
.: STORYCORPS WAS HERE
.: DISCOVER YOUR HISTORY

 


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January 1, 2009

Volume 4 Issue 7




Welcome to the Technology @ OCLS January 2009 Newsletter. A new year has begun and there are many new features to check out at your local library. Check out your history using genealogy, discover new and improved features now available with OverDrive, or try any of our exciting new computer classes currently being offered.

What's New

.: Get Ready for Some Football

The SuperBowl is almost here! Read about your favorite players. Find some classic football movies. Even quiz your knowledge of football trivia in the All Things Football Virtual Gallery.

.:OverDrive with Mac

OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks can now be downloaded and enjoyed on Macintosh computers! The OverDrive Web site now has an option to download media in either a Windows or Mac version. In addition, the downloaded audiobooks can be transferred to Mac formatted devices.

.:Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 18 and 19, the Library will close in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Take this opportunity to learn more about the history and the man behind the legacy.

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Classes

     Featured Classes of the Month

.: Prepare for the Citizenship Exam with OCLS

A new program called Citizenship Inspired is underway to empower immigrants who have settled in Central Florida to be fully prepared to pass the U.S. Naturalization Test and thereby become full citizens. To be eligible for U.S. Naturalization, applicants must be able to read, write, and speak basic English.

During this 6-week program, students will meet once each week to prepare to be able to pass all of the components of the Naturalization Test. Students will combine learning over the Internet with in-class discussions. Since a significant portion of the Test relates to speaking, writing and reading skills, students will also be given access to language learning services to help improve their English abilities.

For registration information, visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.

.: Online Classes

Take a live online computer class from your home or office computer. Get on board and register today! Note: A computer speaker or a headset is required for audio.

Curso en Línea: Introducción a QuickBooks
Aprenda las características básicas de QuickBooks que le ayudarán a comenzar a organizar las finanzas de su negocio o sus finanzas personales. Esta es una clase en línea. Usted necesitará unos parlantes o audífonos para el audio. Luego de registrarse, usted recibirá un enlace con información sobre como acceder la clase en línea.

Curso en Línea: Introducción a Photoshop
Familiarícese con las herramientas básicas requeridas para editar y retocar imágenes digitales.

Online Class: Photoshop Series
Explore the Photoshop environment. Become familiar with the basic tools required to edit and retouch digital images. Learn how to use selection tools, create, modify, and customize layers.

Online Class: QuickBooks Series
Get started in organizing your personal or business finances. Learn how to set up a new company profile including the Vendor and Customer Center. Record different types of business transactions such as: posting accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Online Class: Microsoft Excel 2007 Formulas and Functions
Learn how to create basic and advanced formulas using Microsoft Excel 2007.

Online Class: Introduction to GanttProject
Schedule and manage work projects easily and assign tasks and resources efficiently using Gantt and PERT charts with this free open source application. 

For registration information, visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.


.: Microsoft Office Week

From January 4-9 and January 20-24, you can attend the Microsoft training series in Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. Space is limited, so register today!

Microsoft Publisher Series January 4
This two-class series introduces you to features that can be used when creating professional publications, including newsletters, calendars, and business cards.

Microsoft Word Series – January 8 and 24
This six-class series introduces you to features that can be used when creating professional documents, including inserting and formatting tables, and mail merge.

Microsoft Excel Series
– January 6 and 21
This six-class series introduces you to features that can be used when creating professional spreadsheets that include formulas, charts, and pivot tables.

Microsoft Access Series
– January 7 and 22
This five-class series introduces you to features that can be used when creating a database to track and present data with tables, queries, forms, and reports.

Microsoft PowerPoint Series
– January 9 and 20
This four-class series introduces you to features that can be used when creating professional slide shows with animations and slide transitions.

Microsoft Outlook Series
– January 5 and 23
This four-class series introduces you to features that can be used when creating e-mails, appointments, contact lists, folders, and task assignments.

For registration information, visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.


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.: Mac Computer Classes

The Library offers Mac computer classes. Take a class and learn the basics of Mac computers as well as the iLife ’08 and iWork ’08 Suites. Register today!

GarageBand Series– January 13
In just three classes, learn how to record, edit, mix, and playback digital audio files using this digital recording application.

iLife: iMovie Series – January 14
Create home movies with this easy-to-use video-editing software. Explore the basic features of iMovie and how to import video, add clips and photos, add transitions and titles, and how to edit and share.

Introduction to iWeb – January 12
Learn how to create professional looking Web sites quickly and easily.

Introduction to iPhoto – January 12
Learn how to better manage your digital photo collections.

Introduction to iWork: Pages – January 11
Learn how to create and edit documents using this word processing application.

Introduction to iWork: Keynote – January 11
Learn how to create and edit presentations using this presentation application.

iWork: Numbers Series – January 15
Learn how to use tables and basic tools to create a simple spreadsheet. Manipulate data and graphics by inserting and deleting data; adding charts and shapes; and inserting formulas.

For registration information, visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.


     New Computer Classes

The Library will be offering a few new classes in January. You’ll find the class titles and descriptions listed below.

iLife: iMovie Basics
Learn the basic features of iMovie and how you can import video. Become familiar with the iMovie environment.

iLife: iMovie Intermediate
Learn how to add video clips, photos, transitions, and titles to a new project in iMovie.

iLife: iMovie Advanced
Learn how to edit and share an iMovie project.

For registration information, visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.


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Did You Know?

.: Featured Database of the Month

.::  Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Confused about what to do with your career? Planning on changing careers, but not sure what direction to take? These questions and many others are answered with Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center. Whether you want to be a lawyer, resort worker, or graphic designer, this is a wonderful resource to aid you in planning your career path.

.: StoryCorps Was Here

StoryCorps travels throughout the country collecting the stories of everyday Americans. From January 10 to February 2, 2008, StoryCorps was at the Orange County Library! Listen to some of the amazing stories that came out of this session and many others.

.: Discover Your History

Many are interested in discovering their history through genealogy. There’s a wealth of information through the Library’s Genealogy Netlinks to get you started.

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