Computers & Technology

Computing history, programming, email, word processing, spreadsheets, computer graphics, presentations, software, hardware, multimedia, gaming, Internet, Internet safety, Web design, data security, keyboarding

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Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Have your library card handy for log-in.

Lynda.com Now Available!

Lynda is an online video learning resource offering more than 3,400 video courses covering a wide range of commercial software, business skills, computer programming and web development, creative and technical skills.  Lynda for Libraries allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage chunks, and to return to the lessons at your convenience.  It is now available to all Ridgefield Library cardholders and can be accessed online – from home or at the Library (accessible from both computers and mobile devices).

Course offerings include:

  • Help with computer programs and software, Microsoft Office, Apple software, and more
  • Social media and publishing tools
  • Art, graphic and web design: everything from 3D animation to app development tools
  • Computer Programming and IT management (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X)
  • Business and career skills: public speaking, marketing, workplace issues and more
  • Photography, video and music editing

Log onto Lynda using your library barcode and the password used to log into your Ridgefield Library catalog account (usually the last four digits of your phone number, unless you have changed it).  You will be asked to create a Lynda Library account which will allow you to track your program through your tutorials.


Websites

Tested and recommended by our librarians.

OnGuard Online - Internet safety tips
In Pictures - online computer tutorials for popular software based on pictures, not words
Internet 101 - "just the basics" for Internet newcomers
Mousing Around - games and exercises for developing dexterity with a mouse
Shareware.com - one-stop shopping for shareware and free software downloads
Webopedia - online dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology definitions
Danbury Area Computer Society (DACS)

 


We've moved to Microsoft Office 2007! Try these sites for tips on making the transition to these newer versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access and other Microsoft Office applications.

Official Microsoft Office 2007 Information

Self-paced Training Courses
Training Webcasts and Podcasts
Microsoft Office Fluent user interface overview
More about the Office Ribbon
More about the Office Button
Interactive Access Tutorial
Interactive Excel Tutorial
Interactive Outlook Tutorial
Interactive Powerpoint tutorial
interactive Word Tutorial

Microsoft Word 2007 Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials from About.com
Microsoft Office 2007 Tips and Tricks from the University of Wisconsin at Stout
Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Office from The Office Letter
Office 2007 Tutorial from Florida Gulf Coast University
Microsoft Office Video Tutorials from Lynda.com
Excel 2007 Tutorial from Mike Smart of The Smart Method
Office 2007 Tutorials from msoffice-tutorial-training.com


Library Materials

Circulating books and most reference books are shelved in the stacks. Print magazines and newspapers are on display or ask at the Adult Services Desk. Audiobooks and most nonfiction DVD's are shelved separately. Travel DVD's are shelved in the stacks

Books/DVD/Audiobooks

Computers & Technology – 004 to 025
Computer Crime – 364.168
Electronic Media & Family, Social Networking – 302-306
Internet – 004.67-004.68
Internet Safety – 004 & Parent Collection
Keyboarding – 652.3
Web Marketing & Social Networking – 658.872

Magazines/Newspapers

Computerworld
Consumer Reports
Macworld
PCWorld
Wired
See General Periodical Indexes online


Also of Interest

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