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There is no doubt that the web contains an overwhelming number of websites, many of which are not very useful. For some of our library users, however, even the mundane or frequently used sites can seem daunting to learn or to incorporate into their daily routines. I am referring to sites that have become as commonfor many persons
as making a phone call.Here are a few websites intended either for the baby boomer generation OR those who need a tad more assistance in the form of a tutorial to get started.
Educational (LEARN) websites include WebMd for consumer health information; Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, and Google search meant to help find more than you ever wanted to know on the web. Goodreads is a link to sites for book lovers. It will help a person locate more books like ones you've already enjoyed or just recommend what writers for that website consider a "Goodread."
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50+ New Technology Articles From GCFLearnFree! is a newly created link to technology articles about many items that public library users want to know. This GCFLearn is a website funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is a production of the Public Library Association (a branch of the American Library Association). Several articles review software or steer people to websites that explain installing and uninstalling applications on Windows and MAC devices. Library staff may want to review a few of these articles in case someone asks: How to set up a wi-fi network, How to stream Internet video to your TV, about Video streaming services, Buying a computer, or Online banking 101.
If improving your tech skills is a goal of yours, visit "Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks" to learn about: Taking Screenshots, Finding Your Downloads,Creating Your Own Screencasts, Editing and Merging PDFs, Password Tips, Backing Up Your Files, Sharing Photos Privately, and much more.
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team