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July 1, 2009

Volume 5 Issue 1

Welcome to the Technology @ OCLS July 2009 Newsletter. Find out how you can get the most out of your Library. Tell us what you want to read. Find out what’s going on at the Library anytime, from anywhere. And don’t forget to attend some of our stimulating computer classes currently being offered.

What's New

.: From the Ring to the Altar

Need help planning your wedding? Not sure where to go on your honeymoon? Trying to think of the best way to propose? Get more information than you ever thought possible in our Weddings Virtual Gallery.

.:What Do You Want to See in the Library?

Is there a book, CD, or DVD you’d really like to see available at the Library? The Orange County Library System welcomes your suggestions. If there is a title that you think would be a useful addition to the collection and you have verified that the title is not listed in our catalog, let us know. We have a new online Suggest-A-Title Form for all Library cardholders.

.:The Library is Everywhere

Communicating 24/7, the Orange County Library is online all the time. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and MySpace. OCLS Social brings you one step closer to us. Explore our blogs and podcasts for the latest happenings. Stay connected wherever you are.


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     Featured Classes of the Month

.: Camp Savvy Continues

Kids and teens, learn how to create and edit your movies and photos, create cool presentations, improve your book report and research paper writing skills, explore Mac computer applications, and much more. Classes are designed for kids (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 13-18)..
For registration information, visit our Web site or call 407.835.7323.

.: WebTopicks

Get up to date on today’s emerging Web and online media technologies including blogs, RSS feeds, podcasting, social networking, language learning, and more. Learn how to use these technologies at your own pace. There will be ten online learning units, released weekly. Join the weekly online chat to learn more from others in the OCLS eLearning community. Participants must complete and submit each unit to be eligible for the prize drawing…tickets to a Magic home game.
For registration information, visit our Web site or call 407.835.7323.

.: College Placement Test Seminar

How important are my test scores? What are the major factors in the admission decisions of colleges? How can my test scores help determine my Bright Futures Scholarship Award? Should I take the ACT or the SAT? Get answers to these questions and more on July 25th at 10am. Coupons for free simulated ACT/SAT tests will be awarded to all participants and a drawing for one complete SAT or ACT Class redeemable at Dr. Phillips, Winter Park, Ocoee or Lake Mary Sylvan Center.
For more information, visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.

.: Microsoft Office Week

.:: Microsoft Office 2003 Week:  July 6 - 10
The Orange County Library System will continue to offer Microsoft Office 2003 classes until the end of this year. Catch the Office 2003 classes for Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook while you still can. Space is limited, so register today!
.:: Microsoft Office 2007 Week:  July 20 - 25
New to the Library: Microsoft Office 2007! You can attend the Microsoft Office 2007 training series in Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. Series are continually being updated, so check back regularly to find new classes in each program. Space is limited, so register today!
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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!

Introduction to Mac Computer Classes
Learn how to navigate within the Mac operating system environment.

GarageBand Series
In just three classeslearn how to record, edit, mix, and playback digital audio files using this digital recording application

iLife: iMovie Series
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
Learn how to create professional looking Web sites quickly and easily.

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

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

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

iWork: Numbers Series
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.

.: Online Classes

Trying to fit a computer class into your hectic schedule? Take a live online computer class from your home or office via the Internet. We offer classes in Office 2007, Photoshop, and QuickBooks. Get on board and register today! Note: A computer speaker or a headset is required for audio.
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Did You Know?

.: Featured Database of the Month

.:: Genealogy for Amateurs and Professionals

HeritageQuest Online is designed to help amateur and professional genealogists, local historians, and library patrons search and use data from the U.S. Federal Censuses from 1790 to 1930. The database includes Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land-warrant application files, as well as the Freedman's Bank Records, an important resource for African-American genealogical research. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, and probate records.

.: More Mac Classes

Many of the branch locations now offer Mac classes. All of the Mac classes listed above are available at the Orlando Public Library, Alafaya, Edgewater, and West Oaks throughout the month. Sign up quick, space is limited!

.: What Should I Take?

Not sure which class to take? Interested in Microsoft Word, but can’t decide which level to begin with? Curious about what other computer classes the Library offers? If you have questions about which classes to take or want to know if we offer something specific, check out our class description list online.

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