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Back to school at the library

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Wow! Docolib.org is not your grandfathers’ library. If you haven’t been to a local library lately you’re in for a surprise. Actually you don’t have to leave your home to get there. Just surf on over to docolib.org and find out what kind of electronic services are available to you without even venturing to one of the five Dougherty County Public Library locations.

Library cards are free to residents of Georgia and a parent or guardian can register children under 18. A PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) card also allows you access to 275 Georgia libraries in about 140 counties.

I promised you readers that I would showcase some of the public library e-services in time for Back to School and we’re almost there.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about accessing eBooks from the library by downloading to a Nook eReader. You can download audio and eBooks with a valid library card to PC, Mac and many mobile devices. You’ll need to download free software to read eBooks, depending on the type of device you own. Georgia Download Destination is the portal to enter into the cyber download library; just click “Audio and eBooks” on the library Home Page.

Live Homework Help is a feature sure to bring a sigh of relief to the students in your family. This free online tutoring service connects you with experts in math, science, social studies and English. Worksheets, lessons and videos are available 24/7 and the tutors are available from 3 PM to 10 PM daily.

Need a little help with a language? Mango Languages provides online learning and focuses on actual conversational skills. Lessons include real-life situations and feature native speakers in Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and ESL for Spanish speakers.

Bookletters helps you keep up with developments in specific categories. By subscribing to this service you’ll receive e-mail notices about new titles in your field and an opportunity to reserve titles that interest you.

GALILEO, an initiative of the University of Georgia Board of Regents, stands for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online. It is a WWW-based virtual library that gives you access to over 100 databases linking you to thousands of periodicals, journals, encyclopedias, and government publications. Examples include Consumer Reports, the Official Code of Georgia, Newsweek, Time and much more.

Many thanks to Ashley Moore, interim director of the DoCo Public Library, for her input to this week’s column.

jimhallWritten by Jim Hall. Email your questions to geekspeak@mchsi.com . You can find Jim online at HallsTrainingSolutions.com

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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