How would you like to save $169.00? You could probably do quite a few things with that money. Well, if you’re interested in enhancing your computer skills and have a library card, you have access to a number of free online computer classes using LearningExpress Library. How did I arrive at the $169.00 amount? A local junior college is offering a course in Microsoft Word that costs $169.00. I’m sure it is very extensive, but with LearningExpress Library, you can take courses in Word 2007, 2010, or 2013 at the basic through advanced levels in the comfort of your home. There is no need to get dressed, drive across town and sit in a classroom or computer lab. You also have 24/7 access to the database allowing you to use it at your convenience. Not to mention, you can pause the video tutorials whenever you need to which is impossible to do with classroom instruction. The lessons are presented in short segments (most under 5 minutes) making them easy to repeat if necessary.
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 Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word, as well as Windows 7, 8 and 10. 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. From Database Quick Links, choose LearningExpress Library, then type in your name and library card number. Choose the tab for Computer Skills Center, then click on Popular Software Tools. You must register for an account in order to launch a tutorial. Once you have created and logged into your account, choose a tutorial under the headings listed in the left column and you are ready to get started.
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, graduate school admissions exams, 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 of the database. 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. If you would like a preview of the Computer Skills Center, there will be a demonstration of the database on February 28th and March 28th. Click here for registration information.