Tuesday, January 5, 2010

24/7 Resources for Your Resolutions

Whether you've made a New Year's resolution or are attempting 101 things in 1001 days, the library's online subscription resources are always available for you here if you want to:

Learn a Language.
BYKI, used by the Foreign Service Institute and Defense Language Institute, provides online courses for over 80 languages. Like Rosetta Stone, BYKI focuses on teaching vocabulary with flash cards, so you can start speaking the language quickly.

Find More Time to Read.
Try downloading audiobooks to your computer or MP3 player for free via ListenNJ. Some titles can be burned to CD (always good for a commute). Among its thousands of titles, ListenNJ has over 100 self-help audiobooks that will get you inspired, from Creative Visualization Meditations to Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating.

Go Back to School/ Get Certified.
LearningExpress Library has online courses to prepare you for the SAT, GED, or GRE, plus the exams that real estate agents, air traffic controllers, cosmetologists, firefighters and many other professionals must pass.

Find a New Career.
Find lists of the fastest growing jobs, and the highest paying jobs at Ferguson's Career Guidance Center. Ferguson's provides information on thousands of careers (including education requirements and salary ranges), sample cover letters and resumes,

Research Your Family Tree.
Come in to the library to search Ancestry.com for free. You'll find census records, military records like World War I draft cards, and more.

Impress Your Book Club.
Look up the author (no matter how obscure) you're reading this month in Contemporary Authors. If you're reading literary fiction or classics, you can usually find some analysis of your book in EBSCO Literary Reference Center and Bloom's Literary Reference Online.

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