Tag Archives: technology

Things You Can Do with an SPL Library Card…That Do Not Involve Reading!

If you are self quarantining or even if you are not, you might have some time on your hands these days. Feel like trying something new?  Here are just some of the choices you have and all you need is a Syosset Public Library card:

Learn a language with Pronunciator

Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages.  Learn online and get the app for your mobile device.  There are lessons for early learners, young learners and adult learners as well as different levels of courses.

Learn a new office skill or get a refresher on an old one with Lynda.com

Lynda.com has an expansive library of over 200,000 instructional videos covering over 5,900 courses.  There are a variety of levels covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.  There are curated playlists in all subjects to help you decide what videos to watch first.

Create some art or learn a new craft on Creativebug

More than 1,000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Learn how to paint, draw, knit, crochet, sew, make jewelry and more.

Do some research on your family tree with Ancestry Library Edition

A comprehensive genealogy resource center including census, vital, church, court and immigration records.  Now available from home during the quarantine.

Get help with home schooling with Tutor.com

Free online homework help with real tutors for students in grades K–12, college introductory courses, adult learners and job seekers.  The SkillsCenter Resource Library provides lessons, study guides and other Homework Resources, Test Prep Resources for SAT, ACT, GED and other standardized tests.

Learn about topics you never had time for with The Great Courses

The Great Courses Library Collection is the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, with hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like Science, Health & Wellness, and much more.

Need to replace a household item? Do some research on Consumer Reports

The exclusive online source for Consumer Reports magazine. View and print articles, complete with photos, charts and ratings.

 

All you need to access the services above is a Syosset Public Library card.  Our library cards are available to Syosset Central School District residents. Don’t have one?  Get a digital library card here.

Not a Syosset/Woodbury resident?  Check your library’s website for their database menu.

posted by Sonia, Reference Services

5 Years on the Blog: March

Today we’re to going reminisce a bit and take a look at some of Syosset RandR’s blog posts for March during the past five years:

2016: Celebrating the Emerald Isle

2015: Preservation Workshop

2014: 10 Classics Its Time to Reread This Spring!

2013: Agatha’s Own Favorites

2012: Scanning & Faxing @ Syosset Library

Hope you enjoyed taking a walk down memory lane.  We’ll do it again next month, keep an eye out!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Try Out Some Lynda.com Courses

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Knowledge when you need it 24/7.  Just use your Syosset library card and you can access over 2,900 courses. Try one of the new courses in Lynda.com.  Here are three interesting courses to choose from:

iTunes 10 Essential Training Course

iTunes 10 Essential Training takes an in-depth look into the popular music and media hub from Apple. Author Garrick Chow demonstrates how to perform the core functions in iTunes: playing, purchasing, sharing, and streaming content. The course also covers specialized features such as setting parental controls, syncing with iPods, subscribing to podcasts, listening to Internet radio, using the Genius feature, the Ping social network, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Productivity Tips for Web Designers Course

Productivity Tips for Web Designers is the weekly series for web designers who want to enhance their design, software, and freelance business skills and streamline their workflow. Whether you’re new to web design or working professionally as a seasoned designer, you’ll discover techniques that can help you become more proficient at your craft. Tune in every Thursday for a new tip on topics including typography; SEO; design software like Illustrator, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver; and web coding in HTML and CSS.

Up and Running with Constant Contact

Discover how to use Constant Contact’s email-marketing solution to design smart-looking emails and send them to just the right audience. John Arnold shows you how to set up a Constant Contact account and start adding and updating lists and contacts. Then he guides you through creating your first email with the built-in templates and adding your own design elements. Finally, you’ll learn how to schedule your first email mailing—and cancel scheduled emails before they’re sent.

– posted by Alisa, Reference Services

Try Out Some Lynda.com Courses

lynda-com-logoKnowledge when you need it 24/7.  Just use your Syosset library card and you can access over 2,900 courses. Try one of the new courses in Lynda.com.  Here are previews of three new courses to choose from:

Computer Literacy for Mac Course

Learn the ins and outs of your Mac.  Understand the terms and techniques in clear and easy language.  How to choose between a laptop and desktop computer, how to use your computer to open, create, edit and save files.  Learn how to connect printers, scanners, external storage devices and Bluetooth enabled speakers.  Connect to a network for Internet access, sending and receiving emails, and searching for content on the Internet.  Learn the basics.

Foundations of Acrylic Painting Course

You’ll follow a progressive step-by-step approach covering beginner and advanced acrylic painting methods, from underpainting and glazing to impasto and textural effects. This course will cover materials and set up, color mixing and pigment choice, brush handling and palette knife techniques, and gels and mediums, giving an essential introduction to the wide properties of acrylics.

Writing a Marketing Plan Course

This course will help business professionals write and leverage great marketing plans. Learn how to assemble a team to create the plan, analyze an existing market, and break down the plan’s components into focused sections (strategical, tactical, and budget sections of the plan).

– posted by Alisa, Reference Services

Introducing Lynda.com

lynda-com-logoSyosset Public Library would like to announce that Lynda.com, a great training platform with an expansive library of over 128,000 instructional videos covering 2900 courses, is now available to patrons.

There are a variety of levels covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.  There are curated playlists in all subjects to help you decide what videos to watch first.  You will need a valid Syosset Public Library card to gain access to Lynda.com.  Try it, you’ll like it!

If you are not a Syosset Public Library patron and would like to know more, you can learn about Lynda.com on youtube here.

– posted by Alisa, Reference Services

Scanning & Faxing @ Syosset Library

Scanning is now available in the 3rd Floor Computer Center!  Syosset Library is the first public library in the country to own the state of the art Scannx Book ScanStation.  The scanner is available to all and is free to use.

What’s so special about this scanner?

– Very user-friendly touch screen monitor.
– Scan books and documents into

  • PDF
  • Searchable PDF
  • Microsoft Word
  • JPEG
  • TIFF
  • PNG

by simply touching the screen for the preferred file format.
– Advanced ABBYY FineReader technology allows you to scan a book to Microsoft Word with incredible accuracy!
– It will scan and save your documents/pictures to a large variety of places, including:

  • USB Drive
  • Email
  • Google Docs
  • Smart Phones
  • Fax

Stop by the Computer Center and check it out!  Reference Librarians will be available if you need assistance.

– posted by Megan, Reference Services