Jun 15, 2011 1:56 PM | 0
This post comes from Eric, a librarian here at Brooklyn Public Library.
One of the more difficult aspects of being a public librarian at a time when libraries are facing constant budget cuts is that we often can't order enough copies of books or provide enough classes to keep up with demand. At the Education & Job Information Center, we field dozens of requests per day for review books for the GED exam, tutoring in math and writing skills, and classes that can help build computer skills. I hate to say no to anyone, and having to say "No, we don’t have any GED books available for checkout" or "Sorry, we don’t offer classes in Microsoft Excel" to someone who is ready and willing to learn is a rotten feeling. Thankfully, Brooklyn Public Library subscribes to a terrific database called Learning Express Library:
Learning Express Library is accessible to any BPL cardholder from any computer with Internet access. It has practice tests, online courses and downloadable eBooks available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Learning Express offers a wealth of review material for standardized tests and entrance exams, civil service exams and basic skill building (reading, writing, math and more) for adults and children. It also has an entire page of popular software tutorials, and not just for the "biggies" such as Microsoft Word and Excel, either. You can also learn more specialized programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Visio, among numerous others.
We’ve been demonstrating Learning Express Library more and more over the past months, and many patrons have obtained tremendous help from this easy-to-use and completely free resource. We encourage you to check it out, too.