eMaint.com (Managers and PICs)

The library is using eMaint.com to manage maintenance requests. Managers and PICs will be using this system to report problems and request service. Please view the tutorial to learn how to add a new maintenance request. You can also view the tutorial in full-screen.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:1. View the slideshow

2. When you are done, submit your progress report.

Microsoft Office 2007

Software will be updated on computers this year. Microsoft Office 2007 updates older Office versions with new features and navigation. If you are having trouble locating familiar functions in these programs, view one of these demonstrations. For more online demonstrations, visit More Microsoft Office 2007.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. View one of the demonstrations.

2. Submit your progress report

Posting photos to Nashville Public Library Flickr

Do you ever take photos at the library programs happening at your branch? Share them on the library’s Flickr account!

If you’ve never seen the library’s Flickr account, please take a moment and give it a visit. I’ll wait. Seriously, go on, take a look.

Do, dee, dum……..all finished?

What’s the one thing that could make this better? Photos from all the library branches, of course! Would you like to add some photos taken at your branch? Wait!…one at a time…let’s do this in an orderly fashion…

Uploading to Library Flickr

In an effort to make this as easy as possible, the web team has created a private flickr account we’re calling the Staff Photo Pool. All staff will have the ability to add images to the Staff Photo Pool. When new images are added, the web team will select photos to add to the library’s public Flickr page. We’ll also load photos to Facebook. And we might even tweet one or two.

Uploading instructions are located on the Intranet. The username and password is included on the instructions. Also included are guidelines for taking photos at public events. These DO and DON’T tips will help you safeguard the privacy of anyone attending events at your location.

To recap:

NPL Flickr – this is where the library shares photos with the public.

Staff Photo Pool – this is where staff can contribute photos for inclusion in the public account. The web team will select photos from the pool to transfer to the public account.

Photo Pool Directions – mark your images PRIVATE!

Photo Guidelines – answers questions about who we can take pictures of and when we need release forms.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Take a look at the library’s Flickr account.

2. If you have photos you would like to add, please follow the Photo Pool Directions and add them to the Staff Photo Pool. Be sure to mark your images PRIVATE.

If you have questions about what is allowed, consult the Photo Guidelines posted on the Intranet.

3. If you do not have photos to add:

a. Next time you give or attend a library program, think about snapping a photo or two.

b. Plan a time to take photos at an event at your location.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Reese, Kyle Cook, or Jenny Ellis.

Submit your progress report.

More Microsoft Office 2007

After you have oriented yourself to Microsoft Office 2007, explore more new features in these tutorials:

Word

Outlook

Powerpoint

General MS Office

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. View one or more of the MS Office 2007 tutorials.

2. Submit your progress report for each tutorial that you complete.

TEL Database Videos

Button-2LowResSmallWatch & listen to these  fifty-minute demonstrations on each of the  five databases represented in Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL). Vendors from each database presented these trainings at Nashville Public Library in July, 2009.

Note:  Download  Microsoft Silverlight to play these webinars, or contact your Technical Support for installation.

Your mission:1. Watch any of the five TEL database webinars.2. Submit your progress report for each webinar you view from TEL.

Library Technology Overview

marianYou might notice that the library has many computers. These are available to the public for finding books, searching the Internet, checking out DVDs, printing, and so on.

Join Marian for a tour of all the technology used at the library, from WiFi to our own digital collections. You’ll see what makes the catalog tick. You’ll find many treasures on the library web site. You’ll even figure out what all those purple and blue screens are for.  Enjoy your tour.

Tips:

Because this presentation lives on the Intranet, you will be prompted to enter your metro username and password, just like would any other time you view the Intranet.

You will have an option to Open or Save the presentation. Please SAVE the file to your desktop. You may then open the presentation by double-clicking the icon on your desktop.

The presentation will advance by itself, once started.

Your mission: 

1. Watch the Technology Overview presentation:

Library Technology Overview – Begin now

2. To receive credit for this training, you must report your progress using the link below:

Submit your progress report

Virtual Library Tour

“Somewhere Over the River” is a guided tour designed to familiarize you with all the libraries in the Nashville Public Library system. You’ll read about how they came to be and how to visit them. Sit back and enjoy your virtual tour!

Tips:

Because this presentation lives on the Intranet, you will be prompted to enter your metro username and password, just like would any other time you view the Intranet.

You may have an option to Open or Save the presentation. Please SAVE the file to your desktop, then open the presentation by double-clicking the icon on your desktop.

Your mission: 

1. Watch the Virtual Library Tour presentation:

Virtual Library Tour – Begin now

2. To receive credit for this training, you must report your progress using the link at the end of the presentation or below:

Submit your progress report

Rules of Conduct

chaseOur libraries are a special, fun place for library members, visitors, and staff. We want to be sure that everyone is made welcome and comfortable during their visit. The Rules of Patron Conduct outlines the standards we all respect at the library, and the behavior that violates these standards. Chase shows us how we can keep the library a wonderful, safe place to visit during this friendly, recorded presentation.

Tips:

Because this presentation lives on the Intranet, you will be prompted to enter your metro username and password, just like would any other time you view the Intranet.

You will have an option to Open or Save the presentation. Please SAVE the file to your desktop. You may then open the presentation by double-clicking the icon on your desktop.

The presentation will advance by itself, once started.

Your mission:

1. Watch the Rules of Conduct Training presentation:

Rules of Conduct Training – Begin now

2. To receive credit for this training, you must report your progress using the link below:

Submit your progress report

RSS & Podcasts – Part 1: Getting started

I saw my friend William last Saturday. He was carrying eight newspapers! I stopped and asked, “William, what’s with all the newspapers?”

He said, “Well, I like reading the comic strips Pearls Before Swine and Dilbert, but they’re not in the same newspaper. Then, there’s this columnist I like in the New York Times and a sports writer in the Washington Post who’s great. I gotta run. If I don’t get home soon, I’ll miss Daniel Schorr’s radio commentary!”

“Whoa! Why aren’t you getting this stuff in your feed reader?”

“My what?”

“RSS feeds. RSS puts all your news in one spot! You just sign up for an RSS feed reader online, then read all your favorite comics and journalists in one place. You can also use RSS to read blogs, news, and even hear that radio story you’re about to miss.”

“All with an RSS feed reader? Can you show me how it works?”

RSS Feeds

RSS broadcasts web pages over the Internet much like a radio station broadcasts programming over airwaves. An RSS feed reader (aka aggregator) “tunes in” to the websites that you tell it to “listen” to and collects new items into your reader as they appear. You can get news, blog posts, comics, music, personal updates, or even this learning activity. Web sites now offer a variety of content in RSS format.

There are many different RSS Readers to choose from, but most are free web applications, so you will not have pay or download to take advantage of RSS.

Commoncraft – RSS In Plain English

RSS In Plain English

Podcasts are RSS feeds, too!

William is also a big listener of National Public Radio and other radio programs. I was telling him about this fascinating story on gorillas that aired the other night.

“I was so busy catching up on all my newspapers that I missed it.”

“Don’t worry, RSS can help you keep up with radio shows too. You can still hear the gorilla story as a podcast!”

NPR also delivers most of their stories as podcasts, so you’ll be able to catch up on the latest programs whenever you want. You can find older stories too. Maybe you like tuning into Mike & Mike (ESPN), Dave Ramsey, Dianne Rehm, or This American Life? You can get a podcast of just about anything on NPR and a variety of shows from local radio all over the country. There are thousands of podcasts from amateur and community radio DJs. Maybe you would like the Jamaican Reggae music hour or the guy who plays a Grateful Dead concert tape every week?

It is not just music and radio. Television programs are podcasting too, in both video and audio. You can catch up on Good Morning America (ABC), Frontline (PBS), or The Colbert Report (Comedy) with podcasts. Many programs are offering season subscriptions for a fee, but most podcasts are free to download. Hobbyists love to share tips on gardening, knitting, or even fly fishing with podcasts.

A podcast could be anything from a thirty second cell phone update to an hour-long concert. Podcasts are sort of like an audio archive, delivering the newest episodes and storing the older stories for later. Instead of tuning in at a specific time on your radio, you can hear the recording whenever you want, on your computer.

Four ways to hear podcasts:

Browser: Visit the podcast’s web site and play the files from there, just as you would any other sound file.

RSS Reader: Subscribe using an online RSS reader like  My Yahoo, Netvibes, or Google Reader. Podcasts will show up along with your blogs.

Podcatcher: Use a podcatcher, like iTunes or Google Reader to organize and play podcasts.

mp3 player: Take podcasts on the go with your portable mp3 player. Listen to your favorite programs while you are out walking, waiting for the bus, or anywhere.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:  

1. Sign up for a feed reader (Google Reader and Netvibes are two nice ones.).

2. Subscribe to the RSS feed for the library’s Staff Recommendations blog.

3. Browse NPR’s list of podcasts. Sign up for a podcast (use iTunes or your RSS feed reader).

4. This is a two-part training. Continue to Adding Library Feeds.

ReferenceUSA

Ever wanted to see how many lawyers practice in your zip code? Ever want to compile the addresses of your neighbors for a direct mail campaign? Ever wanted to find out the names of the top executives at local corporations?

You can’t go wrong with ReferenceUSA, the mighty business directory and list-generator. Take a look at ReferenceUSA and compile some business lists. View our tour!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Use ReferenceUSA to answer the following quesitons:

How many businesses are located on Jefferson St. (Nashville)?

How many Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlors are there (USA)?

2. To receive credit for this training, you must report your progress using the link below:

Submit your progress report