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By: Elizabeth Cate
For: Red Rock News
Date: December 10
, 2010

NOTE: On Monday, December 13 at 6 pm Todd Weber will bring history alive at the Sedona Public Library in the character of John Wesley Powell, a Colorado River and Grand Canyon explorer.   Weber is a living history presenter, historian, Grand Canyon river runner and educational tour guide.  The program is presented in partnership with the Library Board of Trustees,  Arizona Humanities Council, and the Friends of the Library and will also be offered on December 13 at 1:30 pm at Sedona Winds, located at 405 Jacks Canyon Road.

Technology Takes Center Stage at Sedona Public Library

Across the nation, libraries are integrating all aspects of their operations with information technology as a means to deliver valuable services in the digital age. Sedona Public Library is no exception. As a key technology provider for the community, the library strives to supply high-quality, up-to-date resources to computer users of all skill levels.

Recently, for instance, community members participated in several hands-on computer classes taught by library staff. Novices in the beginner’s computer course were instructed on topics such as negotiating the Windows desktop, managing files and folders, and storing documents on a flash drive. Students attending the Internet basics class were taught how to use a browser, perform online searches, and print documents from Web sites. And Spanish-speaking library patrons were introduced to computer fundamentals in a class conducted in their native language.

Courses will resume in January 2011. All classes are free, and the only prerequisite is the ability to use a mouse. Instructors make every effort to create a supportive environment for all attendees.

Another way in which Sedona Public Library seeks to fulfill the technological needs of our community is by offering public access Internet computers to both residents and visitors. This year, the library received 18 new computers through Stimulus Funds, all of which are dedicated to patron use. These computers feature the latest software, including Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, and Internet Explorer 9. If you are considering buying a computer with Windows 7, you can take the operating system for a test drive on the library’s computers. You can also practice on the new computers in order to enhance your job skills.   

Taking advantage of the library’s computer resources from home is a convenient option for many library users. The library’s collection of computer instructional materials contains both print and online training tools that can be checked out. Listed below are just a few of the many new arrivals in this section.

Facebook and Twitter for Seniors for Dummies.  Social networking can be rewarding at any age. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, social networking use among older adults doubled in the last year.  Facebook and Twitter for Seniors for Dummies is a comprehensive guide to two of the most popular social media sites. Written in plain English, the book covers subjects such as getting a web-based e-mail account, signing up for Facebook and Twitter, protecting your privacy, posting photos, finding friends, and composing tweets.

Discover Microsoft Windows 7.  This exciting addition to the library’s collection provides a DVD-based software learning experience. Put the disc into your computer’s DVD drive and learn about Windows 7 from this multimedia training series. Topics covered include adding and removing programs, sharing resources, and accessing help.  

Web Design Demystified. This tutorial is geared towards beginning to intermediate web designers.  Step-by-step instructions and numerous examples make the material easy to understand.  Once your web site is up and running, you can refer to the book for information about maximizing traffic to your site.  

MacBook for Dummies. Macintosh users can find the latest information about Apple laptops in this accessible manual. Set up, navigation, and maintenance issues are addressed, and popular Apple software packages such as iLife and iWork are discussed. From this book, you can learn to use your MacBook to make and share movies, build a web site, and compose music.

In the new year, look for additional titles on technology-related subjects.  As always, we welcome feedback on our collection and services. We hope that you will enjoy and benefit from exploring Sedona Public Library’s information technology resources.

Elizabeth Cate
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Elizabeth Cate is Collection Development Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.