Computer Class Descriptions

Getting Started

Class name Description Course files

Basic PC Skills 1

For those just starting to use computers. You’ll learn about the parts of a computer, how to turn one on and off, how to use a mouse, the WordPad program, the Paint program, and how to save. No prior knowledge needed.

Basic PC Skills 2

More skills for those just starting to use computers, including USB ports and drives, operating systems, My Computer, networks, the Recycle Bin. You should already have mastered the skills in Basic PC Skills 1.

Buying a Computer

Information on purchasing and caring for a new computer and computer equipment. No prior knowledge needed.

Email

Learn the basics of sending and receiving messages and attachments, using an account you already have or one you can get for free. You should already have mastered basic PC and Internet skills.

Internet 1

Rewritten for Internet Explorer 9! Learn about navigating the Internet and great search techniques to get the results you intend. You should already have mastered basic PC skills.

Internet 2

Redesigned for Internet Explorer 9! Learn about saving, shopping, faxing and wifi! Must have mastered the skills taught in Internet 1.

Keyboarding for Beginners

Letter Chase Typing Tutor helps build accuracy and forms the basis of additional self-taught exercises. No prior knowledge required.

Keyboarding Lab

An experienced typist will guide you in gaining additional keyboarding skills. You should have mastered the skills in Keyboarding for Beginners.

Windows 1

Redesigned for Windows 7! Learn about operating systems, parts of Windows 7, features, and more, in this tutorial designed for 21st century learners. You must already have mastered basic PC skills.

Windows 2

Redesigned for Windows 7! Learn how to save and find things you've saved, how to navigate directory structures, and how to work with USB drives, Wordpad, and other formats. You must already have mastered the skills taught in Windows 1.

Genealogy Classes

Class name Description Course files

Ancestry.com

Learn how to use the Internet's #1 database for genealogy. You should already have mastered basic Internet skills.

Footnote / Fold3

Learn about Fold3: A place where original historical documents are combined with social networking. This database includes documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, US Presidents, historical newspapers, naturalization documents, and many more. You should already have mastered basic Internet skills.

Genealogy Online

Looking for your ancestors? Learn how to use some great websites for your genealogy research. You should already have mastered basic PC and  Internet skills.

Heritage Quest

Find Revolutionary War records and other records of genealogical interest. You should already have mastered basic Internet skills.

New England Ancestors

Learn more about the AmericanAncestors.org website, which offers a listing of over 110 million names to research your ancestors online. You should already have mastered basic Internet skills.

Using the 1940 Census

Learn how to use the newly-released 1940 census on the Internet for genealogical research. You should have already mastered the skills in Internet 1.

Health Information Classes

Class name Description Course files

Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the Internet

We'll take a look at Internet resources about nontraditional medicine. You should already have mastered basic Internet skills.

Consumer Health Databases

Where to find reliable health information online. You should already have mastered basic Internet skills.

From Snake Oil to Penicillin

Learn how to evaluate consumer health information on the Internet. You should already know: Basic Internet.

Health Sites for Seniors

This class explores websites dedicated to senior health, drug interaction sites, and more. You should already have mastered basic PC and Internet skills.

Plant-based Nutrition

A discussion of Internet resources associated with vegetariansim and veganism. You should have already mastered basic Internet skills.
 

Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web

A follow-up to Consumer Health Databases. You should already have mastered basic Internet skills.

Job-Specific Classes

Class name Description Course files

Business Research 1

First in a two-part series on Internet resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs. You should have already mastered basic Internet skills.
 

Business Research 2

Second in a two-part series on Internet resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs. You should have already mastered basic Internet skills.

 

Job Sites on the Internet

This class covers interviewing skills, résumés, cover letter tips and online job websites. Bring your résumé on a flash drive (or email it to yourself as an attachment) and you will be able to post it to a job site. You should already have mastered basic PC skills and Internet skills.

LinkedIn 101

Participants must have an active LinkedIn account already set up. Learn how to use this popular business social networking site to make contacts and find jobs. Limited to 10 participants.

LinkedIn 201

A power users class for LinkedIn fans! You must already have an account on LinkedIn, have set up basic account and work information and be ready to work with the instructor and classmates to polish your LinkedIn presence and use. Limited to 10 participants.

LinkedIn 301

Participants must have an active and complete LinkedIn account. Take your LinkedIn usage to the next level in networking, professional development and job search. Limited to 5 participants.

Online Job Application Skills

A class to help those who must apply for jobs online to learn more about what is required and how to apply. Participants will receive a sample job application with information that may be required, and once they've gathered it, they can sign up for personalized assistance from a librarian to complete an actual job application online. This is not a class about job sites, but about the parts of an online job application. Keyboarding, Internet, and PC skills are helpful for the personalized lab portion of the class.

Researching Employers

Learn to use Internet and library resources such as ReferenceUSA to locate and research companies. A great start for finding new jobs or researching a company for an interview! You should already know: Basic Internet.

Library Classes

Class name Description Course files

Audiobooks, ebooks, and more!

This is not a class about specific devices. Learn how to borrow items from our collections of digital books, music, and videos. You'll learn how to find items that interest you and find out where to get information about downloading your selections to your computer at home or transferring them to a compatible portable device for use on the go. You must have already have mastered basic PC skills.

Certifiable: Strategies for the Microsoft Office Specialist Exams

Learn about the Library's free Microsoft Office Specialist exam program and ways we can help you get proof of your skills for job searching or job improvement. We recommend that you have at least intermediate-level skills in one or more Microsoft Office 2010 programs.

Finding Your Next Great Book (NoveList)

Learn how to find your next book, research an author, or find your place in a series with the library's NoveList databases for all kinds of fiction and nonfiction books for all ages. You should already have mastered basic Internet skills.

Free Information for Alabamians

A discussion of the Alabama Virtual Library, a collection of dozens of research and information resources free to Alabama residents, and how to use it. You should already have mastered skills taught in Internet 1.

Free Stuff @ Your Library

Great for those unemployed or on a low budget, find out the wide range of free things you can do and learn and read at the Library! Learn a new language, get free music that's yours to keep, find information for your report, all for free and from home through your Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. You should already know: Basic PC Skills and Basic Internet.

Learning Express

Get better at taking tests for important school and career milestones. This free database helps you prepare with more than 300 interactive online practice. You should already have mastered basic Internet skills.

Rocket Languages and Freegal

Learn a new language from home with Rocket Languages, available through your Huntsville-Madison County Public Library! You'll also learn about free music that's yours to keep. You should already know: Basic Internet.
 

Microsoft 2010

Class name Description Course files

Access 1

Beginning database management with Microsoft Access 2010, including database concepts, opening and closing databases, database keys, creating a blank database, tables and field types, entering information in a database, field properties, and closing a database. You must be comfortable with Microsoft Office programs before attempting this class. It is not for beginners.

Access 2

Beginning database management with Microsoft Access 2010, including manipulating information in a database, simple queries and reports. You must have taken the class and mastered the information in Access 1 before taking this class. No exceptions.

Access 3: Queries

Go in-depth with the query functionality in Access 2010. You must have completed Access 1 and 2 to attend this class.

Advanced Topics in PowerPoint

A monthly exploration of advanced PowerPoint topics, to be determined by the date of the PowerPoint 3 class. You must have already mastered all information in PowerPoint 1, 2 and 3 to attend.

Excel 1

Microsoft Excel 2010 for beginners, including opening and closing documents; navigation; and selecting and manipulating colums, rows and cells. You should already have mastered the skills in Basic PC Skills 2.

Excel 2

Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2010, including formatting, freezing, and formulas. You must have already completed Excel 1.

Excel 3

Functions and charts in Microsoft Excel 2010. You must already have completed Excel 1 and 2.

Excel: Pivot Tables and More

Class attendance only by permission of instructor, limited to five participants. Learn how to design, create and edit pivot tables and pivot charts in Microsoft Excel, as well as how to use subtotalling, filtering and sorting functionality.
 

Excel: Taking Control with Data Validation

Class attendance only by permission of instructor, limited to five participants. Learn how to require specific types of input in a spreadsheet, and how to find and format cells meeting certain conditions.

Functions in Excel

Class attendance only by permission of instructor, limited to five participants. Learn how to perform complicated calculations without complicated knowledge in Excel 2010.

Macros in Excel

Class attendance only by permission of instructor, limited to five participants. Learn to record and edit macros in Excel 2010.

PowerPoint 1

Examine popular presentation software and create and modify a basic presentation in class with PowerPoint. You should already have mastered basic PC skills. Word skills are helpful.

PowerPoint 2

Intermediate skills in presentation preparation with PowerPoint 2010. You must already have completed PowerPoint 1.

PowerPoint 3

Themes, charts, animations, linking/embedding, screenshots, slideshow features, sharing, design, and compatbility. You must already have completed PowerPoint 1 and PowerPoint 2.
 

Publisher 1

Beginning Microsoft Publisher 2010. Learn how to navigate Microsoft’s desktop publishing program, create a document from a template, use text boxes, basic formatting, and more. You should already have mastered the skills in Basic PC Skills 2. Word 1 or experience with other Microsoft Office 2010 programs is recommended.

Publisher 2

Increase your knowledge of Microsoft Publisher 2010 with graphics, learning tools to arrange objects, personalizing your work, and learning how to work with master pages and personalization. You must have already completed Publisher 1.

Word 1

Microsoft Word 2010 for beginners, including opening and closing the program, navigating in the program, opening and closing documents, and selecting text. You should already have mastered the skills in Basic PC Skills 2.

Word 2

Microsoft Word 2010 for beginners, including text formatting, paragraph formatting, page formatting, and beginning use of graphics. You must have completed Word 1.

Word 3

Intermediate topics in Microsoft Word 2010, including finding and replacing text, tabs, styles, and tables. You must have completed Word 1 and Word 2.

Word 4

Advanced topics in Microsoft Word 2010, including SmartArt, working with multiple documents, proofing, printing options, compatibility mode, advanced paragraph formatting, and advanced work with graphics. You must already have completed Word 1, Word 2 and Word 3.

Word: Collaboration Features

Class attendance only by permission of instructor, limited to five participants. Learn how to work with multiple people on the same Microsoft Word 2010 document.
 

Word: Styles and More

Class attendance only by permission of instructor, limited to five participants. Learn how to apply existing Word styles for consistency and ease of use, and learn how to modify styles or create your own. Also learn about tables of contents and master documents. 

Miscellaneous Classes

Class name Description Course files

Blogging 101

This class is for beginning bloggers. You will learn how to create and maintain a blog. You should already have mastered the skills in Basic PC Skills and Internet 1.

Breaking Through Information Smog

Learn how to improve your Google search skills and identify trustworthy websites, including Wikipedia strategies. You must have already mastered basic Internet skills.

Facebook Q&A

Let's discuss your questions about Facebook. You must have already mastered skills taught in Internet 1 and already have a Facebook account. (Limited to 10 participants)

Fun & Free Websites

Discover a selection of consumer and research websites which provide free and useful information for consumers, students, researchers, and lifelong learners.

HTML

Learn the absolute basics of coding your own web pages. You should already have mastered basic PC and  Internet skills.

Introduction to Audacity

Learn the basics of creating and editing sound files in Audacity, a free audio program. Basic PC Skills and Internet skills required; no exceptions.

Introduction to OpenOffice

Learn about this free alternative to Microsoft Office that is widely used by nonprofits and home businesses. This is an introduction to the features of the software suite, not instruction on using the programs. You should have already mastered basic PC Skills. Internet skills may be helpful for this class.
 

Library Event

The library will host a special class in the Computer Training Center.

One On One Training

If you've been looking for a way to hone your skills, look no further! You can make up to a two-hour appointment with a member of the Computer Training Center staff to help you learn more about something you already know. This is not a time for initial training, but to gain new abilities in something you've used. You must already know: Something about the program you want to learn better.

QR Codes

Discover ways to generate free QR codes and how to use them for marketing, informing, advertising, and fundraising. You should already have: Basic PC Skills.
 

Social Networking

This class will cover social networking sites as agreed by the participants and instructor. You should have already mastered basic PC Skills and basic Internet skills.

Tech Topics

A series of discussions about computing topics. There will be no hands-on work, but you should have basic Internet experience. Class will be held in the second floor Events Room.