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July 1, 2012

Volume 8 Issue 1

July is hot and so are our Camp Savvy and TechKrew classes! These classes are filling up fast, so get your kids and teens signed up today! Camp Savvy classes are for kids 6 - 12 years old and TechKrew is for teens 13 - 18 years old. Check out the What’s New section for the latest Technology and Education news! There are big changes happening that you will want to know about! Do you want to take classes, but just can’t find the time to get to the Library? Check out our Featured Classes and learn about our Live Online Classes.

What's New

.: July is the month for Internet Safety!

It is more important than ever to be aware of how to keep you and your family safe while using the Internet. From guarding against spyware to making a secure password, there are helpful ways to keep your online presence secure. We offer multiple Internet Safety classes, such as Family Focus: Internet Safety, Internet Safety for Seniors, and Internet Safety for Kids. Choose the right class that works for you and learn safety tips and good practices when using the Internet.

For branch locations, dates and times, please visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.

.: We Want to Hear From You!

In case you haven’t heard, big things are happening on the second floor of the Main Library. We’re in the midst of planning the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation, and Creativity (DLM-TIC). The DLM-TIC will house labs for visual arts and filming, digital media, graphic design and audio engineering. Wondering what’s in it for you? These labs will give users access to state of the art equipment for creating movies, videos, producing music, and creating and printing professional images. The DLM-TIC will offer collaborative spaces that will allow users to share their knowledge. Now we want to hear your ideas for this innovative center. Visit our blog for updates, discussions and live chats!

.: Coming in August: Preparation Classes for the Microsoft Office Tests

Get ahead of the competition; let us help you prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Tests. If you're looking for a job, becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist could put you ahead and it looks great on your resume! Keep on the lookout for our August newsletter for more information.

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Featured Classes of the Month

.: Microsoft Office 2010

Attend the Microsoft Office 2010 training series on Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Publisher, and PowerPoint. Space is limited, so register today!

.: Mac Computer Classes

Several library locations offer Mac computer classes. Take a class and learn the basics of Mac computers, including iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, Numbers, Pages, and Keynote. For a full list of available Mac classes, visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.

.: Live Online Classes

Trying to fit a computer class into your busy schedule? Take our Live Online Classes from the comfort of your home or office via the Internet. We offer classes on Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and QuickBooks. Get on board and register today! Note: A computer speaker or a headset is required for audio.

.: Self-Paced Online Classes

Enter your library card information and access our Self-Paced Online Classes to take advantage of computer lessons from our most popular classes. Explore topics like Access, Computer Basics, Email, Excel, Word, and more. Note: These tutorials require Flash Player. If you don't have the Flash Player, download it now for free.

.: Small Business Course Tracks

Select a course track that suits your small business interests and learn the latest computer software programs to help run your business more efficiently. Learn Microsoft Office to create documents and spreadsheets, QuickBooks to manage your finances, HTML to setup a website, Adobe Photoshop to design logos and artwork, and Computer Networking to understand basic networking concepts. Check out the Small Business Course Tracks today!

.: Computer Classes in English, Español, and Kreyòl

The Library offers computer classes in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole at various locations throughout Orange County. For more information, please visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.

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.: Featured Database of the Month

.:: NoveList

NoveList is a reader’s best friend! Whether you are looking for a book or want to know what title is next in a series, this is the service for you! Do you like a specific author and want to find similar books? Try out Author Read-alikes. You will get suggestions for other titles and authors based on what aspects of the author’s stories you like. Create folders to save titles you are interested in reading and or have already read. You can also share book suggestions with your friends on NoveList. NoveList has information on more than 200,000 fiction and non-fiction titles, including popular author Read-alikes, book discussion guides, award lists and much more. Create an account today with your Orange County Library Card.

.: It’s Time to Stage an Intervention!

A library intervention that is! Love your library? Love your friends? Save a life and stage a Library Intervention! OCLS is launching an initiative so our library supporters can intervene and let their friends know what they’re missing. Change a life and spread the word! Share it on Facebook or tweet an intervention today!

To stage an intervention, visit www.ocls.info/intervention today!

.: Classroom Rentals at Our Downtown Location

Did you know that you can rent one of three computer class rooms at the Main Library Location? We provide classrooms in both PC and Macintosh platforms. The classrooms are equipped with state of the art computer systems including Pentium 4's running at 2+ GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 100 Mbps Ethernet networking, high speed Internet access, as well as 3M digital projection systems. Computer technicians set up your computer classrooms prior to your facilitator's arrival and can assist you with most technical issues that might arise. Our room rental fees are highly competitive in comparison to similar facilities within downtown Orlando. Check our website for current rates. For more information, please contact us at 407.835.7381 or by e-mail at tec@ocls.info.

.: Co-working Room Rentals at Our Downtown Location

Need a convenient space to create, collaborate or converse with a client? The Co-Working Room at the Orlando Public Library is your solution. The room is equipped with two tables, 12 chairs, a white board, an LCD TV, and telephone for out-going local and toll-free phone calls. It may be booked online for just $10 for each increment of two hours.

.: Staff Spotlight! Tony O.

Jeff JohnsonTony has worked with the Orange County Library System for eight years. He currently works as an Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS), in the Technology and Education Center; however he has held several positions at various locations during his time at the library. Tony’s main responsibility is to create the technology curriculum that students learn in the in-person classes and in the live online classes. Tony says that he “enjoys developing classes and programs that in some way help people achieve their goals. It is always rewarding and humbling when students visit us, after having taken a class, to tell us that they were able to get the job they wanted or pass an important test.” When Tony is not creating classes for our patrons and staff, he enjoys spending time with his family, helping people and drinking lots of coffee.

.: Tech Tip of the Month!

Setting Web Browser Toolbar Visibility

You can easily change toolbar visibility in Firefox and Internet Explorer.
In Firefox, select Options and check or uncheck the bars you want to see.

In Internet Explorer, right-click above the address bar and then check or uncheck bar visibility.

.: System Holiday Closing Schedules

All Orange County Library System locations will be closed on the following days in observance of Independence Day:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Visit the Library's website for the entire closing schedule.

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