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Library Computer Classes – Over the Internet

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the library to temporarily suspend our in-person computer classes.  Still, there is good news! The Library is pleased to announce that we are now offering one-on-one instruction of  our Computer Lab Computer Classes  over the Internet!

The instruction will be conducted through remote connection software which will allow the teacher to connect from her personal computer to your computer at home. The teacher will be able to see your screen and even control your mouse and keyboard!

TeamViewer

The remote connection software is called TeamViewer. It is free to use. TeamViewer is very popular and is used all over the world. It uses industry-standard, high-level encryption for security so hackers can’t break in. Assistance will be provided to download the free software onto your computer.

Please note: The classes cannot be conducted without the use of this software, so If you do not feel comfortable running this software on your personal computer, we will be unable to provide this service to you.

Eligibility Requirements

Besides the willingness to use TeamViewer, there are other eligibility requirements in order to enroll as an online student.

The student needs to:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have a MCLINC library card in good standing (not expired, no fines, no overdue materials)
  • Have a Windows personal computer or laptop with internet access, microphone and speakers (or a headset with mic) NOTE: Many laptops come with built-in cameras which typically include a mic. Also, a webcam purchased for a PC typically includes a mic.
  • Have a personal email account
  • Have a personal telephone that can be positioned close to your computer

The student will also need to submit a disclaimer absolving the Library of liability in the use of the student’s computer to deliver the instruction.

How the Classes will “Work”

If you meet all the eligibility requirements listed above, email mcnplcomputerlab@gmail.com to express your interest in becoming a student. We will verify your eligibility and help you to download TeamViewer. Once all the eligibility requirements are verified, and the student’s technology is in place (TeamViewer installed and audio equipment checked), one-on-one Instruction Appointments will be made with the following guidelines in mind.

  • Instruction Appointments will last 2 hours each
  • Students may schedule a maximum of 2 appointments per day.
  • The maximum number of appointments per student, per week, is 4.
  • Appointments will be made over the phone or via Zoom, with the teacher.
  • If your interest is in classes beyond the Basics level, your first appointment will be to demonstrate to the teacher your Windows skill-set in order to qualify for courses other than Computer Basics. This is the proficiency test you must pass

Appointment time slots

  • Mon, Wed, Fri:
    • 10 AM – 12 PM
    • 1 PM – 3 PM
    • 4 PM – 6 PM
  • Tues, Thurs:
    • 12 PM – 2 PM
    • 3 PM – 5 PM
    • 6 PM – 8 PM
  • Two Sat per month (1st and 3rd):
    •  10 AM – 12 PM
    • 12 PM – 2 PM

How to get a Library Card or Check on the Status of Your Library Account

One-on-One instruction is offered to patrons with library cards in good standing . This means library memberships that have not expired, and are without issues such as fines or overdue books. Once your “good standing” status is confirmed, you can then express your interest in classes.

Options for checking status of library account

  • If you don’t have a library card, you can fill out an Online Application.
  • If you have a library account, you can check your status by logging into your account.
  • If you are unable to log into your account or if you have charges or overdue materials, call the library (610-278-5100, ext. 1), or email Mary Motta at mmotta@mclinc.org .  Make sure you indicate in the call or in the email that you are checking on your library account status in regards to enrolling in remote computer classes. 

Once you meet these requirements, express your interest in enrolling in our classes by emailing the Computer Lab Staff. Please include your full name, age, phone number and library card number. You can email us at mcnplcomputerlab@gmail.com.

We hope to hear from you soon!