Technology Blog

Connect with eMedia at a branch near you!

Volunteer Dawn assists a patron learning how to use the iPad.

Did you know that you can still check out eBooks and place holds, even when the library is closed? We have a large collection of eMedia -- downloadable eBooks, audio eBooks and eFlicks (movies) -- available on your portable device or home computer 24/7. The Community Technology Center is providing FREE instruction to show you how it's done.

The Community Technology Center will be heading out to several branch libraries to give you an opportunity to learn how to download and install the software needed to access Denver Public Library's eMedia collection.

We will be visiting the following branches on the following dates and times:

Virginia Village Branch Library: Wednesday 7/27, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

How to Buy a New Computer

Buying a new computer can be overwhelming, but a little research can go a long way.

The first step is to think about what you will be using your computer for. If you will only be surfing the internet and checking your email, a very basic machine will probably suit your needs, but if you are going to be doing a lot of gaming or video editing, you may need something more powerful.

THINGS TO CONSIDER:

Performance

  • Hard drive capacity for storage
  • RAM for speed
  • CPU/Processor for multi tasking

Types of computers

Practice your tech skills at home!

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Maybe you're the son or daughter of a parent who has just begun attending classes at the Community Technology Center. Or perhaps you have recently decided you'd like to create Excel spreadsheets or Tweet about your business. Whether you'd like to practice what you learned in class or you are hoping to master something new, there are free online lessons and tutorials that can help you improve your skills!

Goodwill Community Foundation has an outstanding website, www.gcflearnfree.org, that has self-paced instruction and videos on everything from creating a brochure in Microsoft Publisher to adjusting your privacy settings on Facebook. You can also create an account and register for free online classes, which earn you accredited Continuing Education Units and a Certificate of Completion! Over two million people have expanded their repertoires wtih GCFLearnFree.org. Give it a try!

What is KeyTrain and what's in it for me?

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Are you a job seeker? Have you wondered what KeyTrain is all about? Are you currently employed but looking for a new opportunity? Perhaps a KeyTrain session is just what you need!

If you're looking to increase your job skills and employability, KeyTrain sessions are a good place to start. KeyTrain is an online interactive learning tool used as a pretest and remedial tool to pass the WorkKeys CareerReady Colorado Certificate in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information. This certificate shows employers that you've got what it takes to get the job done!

What the heck is a Docent, and why do you really want to be one?

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UPDATE: Thank you to all of the wonderful applicants we've seen as a result of this blog post. We are currently at capacity, and will not be accepting more Docent applications at this time. Check back later!

At DPL, “Docent” is a fancy word for a highly-trained volunteer with special skills, and here at the Community Technology Center, docents are basically the glue that holds the place together.

They teach one-on-one lessons to customers who need help with topics like email, internet searching, word processing and job seeking, as well as downloading music and even advanced topics like designing websites. They also work the help desk with staff, answering phones and customer questions with intelligence, courtesy and a healthy sense of humor. Some docents even teach classes.

Web Development Class Series

Interested in learning how to build your own website?  Come to our series of 4 classes to learn the basics of website development using Wordpress.com.

Classes run from 5:45 - 7:45 p.m. on Level 4 in the Large Classroom at the Central Library on the following days:

Monday, June 6; Monday, June 13; Monday, June 20; Monday, June 27.

Each class in this series will build on the skills covered in the previous classes so attendance at all four is strongly recommended.  Over the course of the 4 classes, we will cover:

New Classes! Social Security & Managing Your Finances Online

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It's possible to do just about anything online these days, including applying for Social Security benefits and managing your personal finances.  Our community partners, the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union, will show you how in back-to-back classes this Thursday, June 2, at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

The Community Technology Center is pleased to welcome instructors from the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union, who will teach two new classes this coming Thursday, June 2.

Introduction to Social Security Online

Thursday, June 2, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Learn to Maintain Your Home Computer

It is important to perform routine maintenance to keep your computer running smoothly and virus free.  Here are some simple steps that can help:

 

 

Looking for a job?

The Community Technology Center at the Central Library is offering several classes in May that can help!


Creating a Resume with Microsoft Word
Monday, May 16, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Learn how to create a resume with Microsoft Word using a template.

Resume Open Lab
Thursday, May 19, 3-5 p.m.
Working on perfecting your resume? Drop in and get some help.

Online Job Search
Tuesday, May 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Take a look at some popular (and some not so well known) websites for looking for jobs.

Learn to use Facebook at the Community Technology Center!

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Have your friends been pestering you to set up a Facebook account?  Are you brand new to social networking?  Come and learn how to use Facebook safely and effectively.  It's easy - and FUN!

If you've been putting off learning to use Facebook, or if you're new to the social networking scene, Facebook 101 is for you! In this class you'll learn the basic functions of Facebook, as well as how to adjust privacy settings for a safe online experience. There are over 500 million active Facebook users worldwide, so connecting with college roommates, grandchildren, and former coworkers is easier than ever.

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