Basic Computer Skills for Library Staff

The October 2008 issue of Computers in Libraries has a great article by Rachel Singer Gordon and Jessamyn West on the basic computer skills needed by every library staff member.  Although you may add others, this is a great place to start:

  • Rebooting
  • Troubleshoot rebooting problems
  • Copy/paste
  • Save/move/copy files
  • Ask for help
  • Basic printer troubleshooting
  • Basic printer options
  • Printing frames
  • Basic word processing
  • Checking electrical connections
  • How to tell if your Internet is down, or everyone’s; one page is down or all the Internet
  • Creating a good password
  • Identify which applications are open and how to manipulate these windows
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