Library Corner: eLearning
My dream job is being a professional student or a detective. Luckily for me, I get to think like both while exploring online resources as part of the Grand County Library District team. “Why is…” or “I wonder…” often cloud my thoughts, but not for long, as GCLD’s resources help me find the answers quickly, easily, and for free!
“I wonder if there is a cheap will I can create to replace my $500 outdated one?” Yes! It is free, simple and took less than five minutes to create. Go to https://gcld.org/ebooks-and-learning-tools, scroll down to NuWav Legal Documents, open and click on “Wills” under “Estate Planning.” Click on the appropriate form for you, fill out, print, and have two witnesses sign it. You now have a huge weight off your shoulders.
“Why is it that we no longer buy those huge volumes of automotive maintenance and repair guides for libraries?” Because you can go to https://gcld.org/ebooks-and-learning-tools, open Gale Literary Databases, and click on ChiltonLibrary.com. Here you enter the year, make and model of your vehicle and like magic, “the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners” appears. “There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.” I wish my son had known about this when he had his jalopy of a truck!
“I wonder what today’s headlines are for The Denver Post?” Without leaving the warmth of your bed, log into https://gcld.org/ebooks-and-learning-tools, open The Denver Post Collection, click on the second “Source Name,” which has the date as 2017 – Current, and enter today’s date. The headline “A Colorado hurricane” had me scratching my head. Having taught science to third to sixth graders, I remember that hurricanes form over warm ocean waters. Hmm. Our lakes are frozen solid and we are a long ways away from the ocean. “Why this headline?” Read March 14’s paper to find out the answer.
“Why is there so much controversy regarding the Colorado River?” Where to find the answer? You got it! Log into https://gcld.org/ebooks-and-learning-tools, open Britannica Online Public Library Edition, click on the level of Children, Young Adults, or Reference Center and search. You can count on this award-winning resource to find trusted information easily. It will give you options for articles, Web’s Best Sites selected by Britannica editors for quality and age-appropriateness, videos, images and more.
“I wonder if there is a class on becoming a music or film producer, a songwriter, a digital illustrator, an IT security specialist, or something else that would spark my interest?” Lynda.com has over 3,000 classes and is on the same page as the other resources.
There are so many other fantastic resources. Need a library card? Visit your local library with a government issued ID and verification of a Colorado address.
“I wonder why it took me so long to learn about GCLD’s wonderful online resources?” I’m not sure, but I am ecstatic to have learned. I hope you are, too.
Tallie Gray is the director of library services for the Grand County Library District.
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