As students everywhere get ready to go back to school, East Central Regional Library wants to remind you to pack your library card — a powerful way to promote academic success. With innovative programming, access to resources, and hands-on mentorship, the library has something to spark every student’s interest.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month; visit one of our library locations today to get your FREE card.
Did you know? The library offers access to over 40 online educational resources. With resources such as Hoonuit and Learning Express Library, students of all ages can learn everything from how to format their PowerPoint presentation to studying for the SAT. Or maybe you want to learn a new skill? Take one of over 500+ self-paced, instructor-led online courses with Universal Class which offers everything from Canoeing 101 to American History to an Introduction to Essential Oils.
Prefer learning the old fashioned way? Check out one of the Great Courses on DVD or CD audio.
Need a book to read, but can’t get to the library? Visit Ebooks Minnesota for a great selection of materials from Minnesota’s independent publishers or download one of 11,000+ popular titles in eBook or eAudiobook from the Libby app.
All of this and more are available with your FREE East Central Regional Library Card. Stop by one of our branches to apply or renew your card today!
East Central Regional Library Launches Continuing Education Courses and Online Software Training
You asked, we answered! East Central Regional Library is thrilled to introduce two new essential online resources for lifelong learners.
Beginning July 1st, Universal Class, an online continuing education service, and Atomic Training, a comprehensive online database of how-to training tutorials covering popular software programs, are available for East Central Regional Library residents with their library card.
Universal Class: Through the library’s website, ECRL patrons have access to lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. You may take multiple classes and learn at your own pace.
From courses on digital photography to babysitting 101, a huge range of topics is available. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, plus hundreds more. You can even take Canoeing 101!
NOTE: Atomic Training is now Hoonuit.
Atomic Training is a comprehensive online database of how-to training tutorials covering popular Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Google software programs. ECRL patrons will have unlimited access to these videos in the library or anywhere with an internet connection. With in-depth software training tutorials to fit users’ needs, these videos help all ages improve job skills and become more proficient in basic computer applications. Mobile device training is also available, allowing you to learn how to get the most out of your smartphones and tablets.
Where do I start? Not sure which one to try first? Universal Class is great if you want to really dig deep into a topic and “study.” Atomic Training is intended for on-the-spot training at the point-of-need, because you “just can’t remember that Excel formula.” ECRL believes these databases complement each other well to meet a broad range of information needs.
Get started now! Please see your local ECRL staff member for more information or Ask a Librarian.