• December 28, 2014

Killeen library embraces technology with new service

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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 4:30 am

The Killeen City Library System is expanding its services offered to patrons.

The library recently launched two new services — a video-guided program that explains different functions of various software programs, tablets and e-readers and a service that stores magazines for digital use.

Atomic training

Deanna Frazee, director of library services, said Atomic Training is a program comprised of short videos that explain single features found in various software programs making it easier for the user to learn one feature at a time.

“We have a lot of people come in here every day who don’t know how to use a computer,” she said. “They don’t understand more than the most basic steps. We want to make sure that they have access to training.”

Frazee said people also tend to learn from the video

training better because they are being shown, rather than reading how-to books.

The program offers training for several different software packages including Microsoft Office, AutoCAD and Adobe Dreamweaver.

Zinio

Zinio is a database holding 50 magazine subscriptions for library patrons to access.

“I absolutely love this,” Frazee said. “It lets you read magazines online, but it’s just like having the magazine in your hand. I love that it’s digital because it’s not something just sitting around that I read one time and throw out.”

She said the digital versions are also interactive and allow the user to jump directly to a specific article from the table of contents.

There are 50 different magazines available ranging from business journals, do-it-yourself magazines, astronomy, entertainment and cooking. Frazee said she hopes to annually add subscriptions.

Frazee said the library is just now starting to get the word out about the new services, but so far patrons who have tested them out “seem to find them really easy to use.”

“The Internet changed the world in ways that most of us didn’t foresee,” she said. “Around 2000, 2001 we knew that the Internet was here to stay, and so are libraries. We may be different but this is how we are adapting. We have to offer materials digitally.”

nstewart@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7555

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