Saturday, September 05, 2015

Popular Software Tools -- LearningExpress Library

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Would you like to enhance your computer skills, but don't have time to attend a class?  Maybe you could attend a class, but there are no free classes available on your topic.  You can learn a variety of software programs at your own pace using LearningExpress Library.  This database offers a variety of popular software tutorials at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.  Among the available software tutorials are Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Microsoft (2007, 2010, 2013) Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word, as well as Windows 7, 8 and Mac OS X.  If you registered for your library card at a Birmingham Public Library location, the software tutorials can be accessed from home using your library card. You can also access the tutorials from home if you set up your LearningExpress Library account at a BPL location.  Choose LearningExpress Library, then type in your name and library card number.  Once you enter the database, click on register to create a username (e-mail address) and password.  If you already have an account, click on login.  Choose the tab for Computer Skills, then click on Popular Software Tools.  Choose a tutorial under the headings listed in the left column and you are ready to get started. 

Taking courses on these software programs can be very expensive. A local search for introductory Excel 2010 courses revealed costs as high as $299 for a one-day class.  Birmingham Public Library patrons can access these software courses at no cost through LearningExpress Library.  See how much your library card is worth!  Due to popularity, books and DVDs on these topics are often checked out.  The checkout period is limited in order to make the material available to as many patrons as possible.  With LearningExpress Library, there is no need to meet a specific class schedule or reserve material that is checked out.  You access the database at your convenience and decide how quickly to move through the material.  

In addition to software tutorials, LearningExpress Library provides a wealth of other resources.  These include test preparation for civil service exams, ACT, SAT, and ASVAB preparation, resume assistance, GED preparation, and many other wonderful resources that you have to see to believe.  Any Jefferson County library card can be used to access these areas.  LearningExpress Library saves you time and money while allowing you to learn at your own pace.  Please take advantage of this excellent database and all the information it has to offer.

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