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Technology Help

In addition to occasional tech help drop-in events, the library offers individual instruction through our Book a Librarian program.  See below for self-paced online tutorials and instruction.

Tech-Talk logo

Tech-Talk contains easy-to-read articles, videos, and other fun stuff with the tips and tricks you need to be competitive in today’s hi-tech world. Available as a website, an app, and a weekly newsletter (sign up).  Member login: user name and password are both eglibrary.

Gale: Computer Database

Computer Database (Collection) :Find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Get Ready (new users)

Beginner Information

What is a computer? General | PC | Mac | iPad

What is a web browser? Microsoft Edge | Firefox | Chrome | Safari

What is an operating system?

Windows 10 General | Video overview

MacOS

Microsoft Digital Literacy
Modules that start at the beginner level and progress through a variety of topics.

Beginner Practice

Internet and Email

Intro to the internet: Internet Basics | Navigating a website | Basic search | Search better

Intro to Email
A collection of lessons shorter than 5 minutes each from beginners.

Evaluating Web Pages
Learn how to quickly find what you need to know about a web page and use a checklist to evaluate whether the website can be trusted.

Assessing the Credibility of Online Sources
A quick guide to help you judge the credibility of websites.

Online Safety Information Resources
A variety of resources from Microsoft to avoid scams, combat cyberbullying, and more.

Multiple Topics

Digital Learn
Short tutorials for beginner and intermediate users.  Contains many tutorials in Spanish.

Digital Unite
Easy-to-follow technology guides for beginners.

GCFLearnFree
Tutorials for beginner and intermediate users, sorted by subject.

Basic Computer Skills Online Course
Wisc-Online provides self-paced courses presented in learning order with more detailed tutorials for beginning users.

Smartphones and Tablets

GCFLearnFree: Basics for all models

Techboomers:

Digital Unite: Basic overviews and tutorials for individual tasks.

Learn More

Microsoft Office

Office 365 Basics

GCF LearnFree.org tutorials

Excel Easy

Microsoft Learn
Microsoft courses in coding and software that can build into IT certifications. (Intermediate to Advanced)

Social Media

Social Media and Blogging Tutorials from GCF LearnFree (start with this link)

Social Websites – Tutorials from TechBoomers

Tutorials from Denver Public Library Use the sort box to narrow to Social Networking.

Intro to Facebook by DigitalLearn

Multiple Topics

GCFLearnFree.org
Many tutorials listed from beginning to advanced, separated by subject.

TechBoomers
Many tutorials categorized by subject.  Geared toward older adults.

Technology Classes and Workshops
A variety of tutorials created by the Denver Public Library that can be filtered by subject.  Some tutorials available in Spanish.

Microsoft Learn
Microsoft courses in coding and software that can build into IT certifications.

Cord Cutting

Have you ever considered getting rid of your traditional TV services, but aren’t sure about your options? Check out our Cord-Cutting 101 page for resources and recordings from our most recent virtual class.

Tech Tips: Latest Posts

Subject East Greenbush Card UHLS Card UHLS MyCard
Library Card Registration Free to any individual who resides or pays taxes in the East Greenbush Community Library taxing district or Town of Schodack. Cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Free to any individual who volunteers or works at the EGRN Library. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Free to partner educational agencies with verified employment. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Those that live outside the UHLS area may purchase a temporary card at the price established by our Table of Fines and Fees. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

Free to residents residing in a community served by a UHLS library.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

The UHLS MyCard is a fine-free, limited-access library card for youth. It is intended to address multiple barriers to serving youth and families, including:

  • Barriers to access related to fines (e.g. computer access, checking out materials)
  • Parents not present for a child’s library card registration
  • Previous fines on a child’s card

Free for youth residing in a community served by a UHLS library.Applicants 18 and under who are applying for a limited use, UHLS Youth Only MyCard, need to provide name, address, and date of birth.UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.Youth ages birth to 18 can register unaccompanied, or with the help of a caregiver or relative who is not the child’s parent/guardian.This card may be used at all UHLS Libraries except for the Colonie Town Library.

Card blocked at $10 or more in replacement costs.

No fines for late items

Limits on # of Materials Borrowed Unlimited checkouts Unlimited checkouts Limited total items: Can only have 3 items checked out on their card at a time
Types of Items All eligible item types. All eligible item types except Museum Passes, ILL, and Hot off the Press. Active paid members of the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library have access to all lending collections. Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Databases/Digital Content EGRN and UHLS subscription databases and digital content UHLS subscription databases and digital content Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Interlibrary Loan Nationwide UHLS Libraries UHLS Libraries
Program Registration Unlimited except by limited program capacity Preference given to resident cardholders Preference given to resident cardholders

Notary

A notary is available during some of the hours the library is open. Please call ahead to ensure availability.

Accessibility Services

Vision

Large print books and audiobooks are available for those who find conventional print too small to read easily.

Low-vision equipment is available for magnification of print materials. Inquire at the Reference Desk.

The NYS Library maintains a free Talking Book and Braille Library service for qualified patrons.

Hearing

Assistive listening devices are available upon request for events held in the large meeting room.

Printing

Printing costs 15¢ per page for single-sided black & white, 30¢ per page for double-sided black & white and 50¢ per page for color. Wireless printing is also available in or to the library from any location, using any device. More info

Copy/Scan/Fax

A self-service color photocopier is available for public use, located outside the children’s room. The charge is $.15 per side for black & white copies and $.50 per side for color copies. Duplexing (double-sided) is available for both color and B&W.

The copier also has the ability to scan color or black & white to an email account. There is no charge to scan documents.

Sending a fax costs $1 per page.

Drive-thru

All materials, excluding “Stories to Go” kits, Library of Things items, and technology items, may be returned in the drive-thru book drop any time. Did you know you can set the drive-thru or checkout desk as your default pickup location?  Find out more