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Competences: Week 5 - Universal Class and Zinio

Week 5

Week 5 - Universal Class

The courses available on Universal Class are great resources when you are looking for more in-depth information about a specific topic.  This database is completely online and self-paced.  Not all of the classes are "academic" courses. You can even learn about dog grooming, meditation, and hundreds of other things.

This week, I'd like you to explore Universal Class. There are many courses that you can use to improve your skills on the job! When you're done, comment here to let us know your experience. Have you taken any classes on Universal Class? If so, how did you like it? Are you planning on taking a course for the competency training?

Week 5

Week 5 - Universal Class

Zinio is a service that allows patrons to download a selection of magazines to their computers, Kindles Fires and iPads. On the right side of this page, you can see a list of all the magazines to which we are currently subscribing.

This week I'd like you to create a Zinio account; all you need is your library card.  You can access the library's Zinio account by clicking the link in the box below.  After creating an account, download a magazine and explore Zinio.  If you have a device such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Kindle Fire, try downloading the Zinio app.

When you are done exploring, comment below and let me know what magazine you downloaded.  Did you download the Zinio app onto a personal device?  What are your overall thoughts of the service (is easy or difficult to navigate)?

Access Zinio

To access the library's Zinio account, click here.

Get the app for iPad/iPhone/IPod Touch.

Get the app for Android devices.

Temporary alternate download method for the Zinio app on the Kindle Fire 

Note: these instructions are ONLY for users on the Amazon Kindle Fire. This installer is not supported for any other device. You must follow this instructions *on your Kindle Fire* 

1. From the main screen, put your finger on the top right corner of the screen and 'swipe' your finger down to bring up the Settings menu. Press: More > Device > Allow installation of Applications (from unknown devices)> select "ON"

2. Download the APK (app installer) from here (just tap this link on your Kindle Fire)(Link:

3. To monitor your download put your finger on the top left corner of the screen and 'swipe' down or pull down, as if you were pulling a curtain down. This will show the download progress. Once the download is complete, tap the file that we downloaded, select "Install" and press "Open" when the installation is complete.

Universal Class - Effective Communication

Universal Class - Accounting

Magazine Subscriptions through Zinio

The library currently subscribes to the following magazines. 

American Spectator
Audubon Magazine
Bloomberg Businessweek
Canoe & Kayak
Car and Driver
Consumer Reports
Country Living
Digital Photo
EARTH Magazine
ESPN The Magazine
Every Day with Racha...
Everyday Food
Family Circle
Family Handyman
Field & Stream
Food Network Magazine
Golf Monthly
Golf Tips
Good Housekeeping
Guitar Player
Harper's Bazaar
Health & Fitness
Herb Companion
House Beautiful
Indie Game Magazine
iPad & iPhone User
iPhone Life
Kiplinger's Per...
Ladies Home Journal
Martha Stewart Living
Mother Jones
Motor Trend
National Geographic Interactive
National Geographic Traveler
Natural Health
New Scientist
New York Review of Books
Nintendo Gamer
O, The Oprah Magazine
Organic Gardening
Outdoor Life
Parenting Early Years
Parenting School Years
PC Magazine Digital Edition
Popular Mechanics
Popular Photography
Popular Science
Reader's Digest
Road & Track
Rock and Gem
Rolling Stone
Runner's World
Scholastic Parent & Child
Science Illustrated
Scrapbooks Etc.
Shop Smart
Smithsonian Magazine
Spirituality & Health
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Successful Farming
Taste of Home
Thrasher Skateboard Mag
Today's Parent
Town & Country
Transworld Skateboarding
Vegetarian Times
Video Game Trader Magazine
VIV Magazine
Weight Watchers
Whole Living
Woman's Day
Women's Health
Working Mother
Yoga Journal