Upcoming Class

Computer classes start back on Monday, September 10th with Word Processing with Open Office Part I. Be sure to call and get registered if you are interested in attending. Classes are filling up quickly. Please call 205-226-3799 to register for classes.

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Take a “test” to see what career fits you

Finding a job in your field of interest can be a rewarding, especially when it aligns with your interests. Did you know that you can use our free computer services to take a Career Interest Assessment? It helps you discover your area of interests and apply those to help you choose a career path.

There are 180 statements that you rank from “Like,” “Dislike,” or “Unsure.” The results will show which careers and industries best match your interests. These areas are divided into six categories: Artistic, Conventional, Enterprising, Investigative, Realistic, and Social. Understandably, no one fits into just one category, so your findings will be displayed in ranking order, from the most relevant to the least relevant to your answers.

Keep in mind that this assessment is not a test. It is not meant to tell you which career you MUST choose or SHOULD be in. It merely tells you which occupation or field you might be interested in exploring, based on your answers. Take the test often and see if your interests change over time. Click here to take the assessment.

RLCC Closed for Festival

The RLCC will be closed for public use in the afternoon during programs for the Eat, Drink, Read, Write Festival taking place at the Birmingham Public Library Richard Arrington Auditorium.

The Eat Drink Read Write Festival is planned for September 8-15, 2012. BPL and event partners Birmingham Foodie Book Club, Birmingham Originals, Desert Island Supply Co. (DISCO), the J.Clyde, MIX, and Whole Foods Market will present a series of free programs bringing food, culinary arts, and literature to the table in a stimulating format. The goal of the Eat Drink Read Write Festival is to raise awareness of food-related issues in our community by exploring these concerns from a variety of perspectives. 

Computer Use in the Library

In response to technological advances, the Birmingham Public Library Public Computer Services (RLCC/Commons) provides access to computer equipment, programs, databases, and the Internet for educational, informational, and entertainment purposes. Library patrons are expected to use computer resources in an effective, efficient, appropriate, ethical and legal manner. Violation of the Computer use policy may result in revocation of computer privileges. Attached is our brochure of Computer_Use_Guidelines.

September Computer Class Schedule

We are now taking registrations for the September 2012 Computer Classes. Registration is handled on a first-come, first served basis. You may register by calling 205-226-3799 or 205-226-3798. 

  • Monday, September 10, 2012   Word Processing With Open Office – Part I
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012   Word Processing With Open Office – Part II
  • Monday, September 17, 2012   Spreadsheets With Open Office
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2012   Keyboarding
  • Monday, September 24, 2012   Basic PC
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012   Basic Internet

Presenting our Presentations (OpenOffice) Class

Patrons learned how to do presentations using OpenOffice.org Impress Tuesday, August 28, taught by Farah A. Ferguson. They also had a “hands-on” session near the end of class, learning to create their own slideshow. Classes offered by the RLCC are free and open to the public. We will be offering the schedule for upcoming classes. Call us at 226-3799 for more information or keep checking here.

Impress is an open source free software program used for creating multimedia presentations. It is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, therefore providing an easy transition from the Microsoft Office Suite.

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Basic Internet class

Do you know how we got the Internet? Do you know what an ISP is? Do you know the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web? Do you know which Internet Browser you have? These are some things patrons learned today during Monday’s Basic Internet class taught by Farah A. Ferguson, Trainer for the Birmingham Public Library. Patrons also had some hands-on training about keyword search, assisted by volunteer Herman Hatch and UAB work-study student Michelle Ocampo.

Classes offered by the RLCC are free, but registration is required. You may call 226-3799 to inquire about upcoming classes. We are currently working on our September schedule, and we will have more information next week

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