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Jun 20

Highlight: Summer Reading Skill Builders & Architecture eBooks

Posted to Statewide Online Services News on June 20, 2017 at 11:03 AM by Lianne Flax

Since the Summer Reading Theme is “Build a Better World” we are pointing out two “Skill Builder” online resources to help you learn everything from Microsoft Excel to biology in addition to some "building" ebooks. Digital Books and Online Resources are available to all Kansans. Ask your local library for a Kansas Library eCard to check out ebooks, or access databases if you cannot get in from the Online Resources page or links below.

Note: both resources below need you to register for a personal account in order to save your place in courses, tests, and other materials. Just choose the registration option from the main page.

Universal Class: 500 Online Courses in 31 Study Areas
These are actual online courses with an instructor, assignments, and lecture materials. Lecture materials can be both text and video. At the end of the course, students with a passing grade will be issued a certificate. Video audit is available on many courses so you can view materials without taking the full class (no certificate for this option).

Course topics range from science to history; from pet grooming to coding & web development. There’s even parenting and cooking courses. Businesses may be interested in the human resources, accounting, and computer skills topics. Universal Class is accredited through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), but show UC to your employer to be sure they will accept it for professional development requirements.

Learning Express Library: Learning Modules at Your Own Pace

Need to refresh your math or writing skills? Learn use Microsoft Excel or Word? Practice for the ACT, GED, an occupational exam (postal worker, cosmetology, law enforcement, real estate)? Tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks are available for most modules. All are taken at your own pace and can be reused as many times as you need.

In addition to learning skills like interviewing, the Job & Career Accelerator section of LEL has a resume wizard and a job search feature. So, build your resume, save it, and apply for jobs directly inside the system. The page makes it easy to view what you have applied for already.

Digital Books on Architecture

If you’re more interested in the summer reading theme of “building” as architecture, three of our ebook systems have a number of materials available around that topic. See Digital Book eLending if you need instructions on setting up and using these materials.

Questions: kslc@ks.gov
Mar 22

Worth a second look: Universal Class

Posted to Librarian News on March 22, 2017 at 10:44 AM by Jeff Hixon

From time to time, we like to draw attention to our growing list of archived webinar recordings. Maybe you missed one you had your heart set on joining, thought "I'll just catch the recording later!" - and then it got away from you.

This time, we're looking at Brad Gray's excellent overview of Universal Class from January 19.

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Sep 16

Highlight: Digital Literacy Resources for Every Level

Posted to Statewide Online Services News on September 16, 2016 at 12:23 PM by Lianne Flax

September is Digital Literacy Month, so we’d like to point out online resources from the very basics to the advanced learner.

Just starting out? Please see our Digital Literacy landing page, where we have sorted learning links by topic from various sources. We heavily rely on the GFC Learn Free project for this area, as they have quality information that is easily accessible. You will also find links to watch online presentations by Nathan Carr, the technology librarian at Newton Public Library.
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Ready to move forward? There's something for everyone through these statewide services.

 LEL_Logo_Vertical Learning Express – Computer Skills Center  While Learning Express has everything from ACT test preparation to job skills and resume creation, it also has a section of computer tutorial videos. There are basic “about the internet” videos and more in-depth tutorials on using software (like Microsoft Excel or Adobe Photoshop).


You will need to create a personal account (just choose register at upper right on any LE page) so the system can save your videos and other materials.


Universal Class is a system of online classes of various topics, and there is a generous section for computers.
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You may choose to just go over the class videos and other materials on your own, or join the class to interact with an instructor. Register the first time you access in order to save materials or join a class. Topics range from:
  • use of devices (computer, tablets, digital photography)
  • the internet (email, eBay, even Pintrest!)
  • specific software (Quickbooks, Microsoft & Adobe products)
  • HTML, MySql, and programming classes. 


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Total Boox – Computer eBooks Section 
A large range of technology books with this service. You’ll find everything from books on sample projects for 3D printers to manuals on developing mobile apps and programming in a variety of languages

The benefit of checking out nonfiction books on Total Boox is that your checkouts never expire and you can check out as many books as you want. This allows you to refer back to any previously read book at need.  Available for iPad/iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire (see instructions here). You will need a Kansas Library eCard to checkout, get one at any public, school, or academic library in Kansas.

Questions: kslc@ks.gov