LearningExpress library brings books to your computer

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 18, 2003

Alan Riquelmy/Times-Journal Writer

Taking tests just got a whole lot easier.

That’s because of the LearningExpress Library, a new resource available to Selma/Dallas County Public Library card holders. Those waiting for weeks to check out a GED or civil service sample test book can now log on to the system at the library or at their homes.

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No pencil, no paper, no problem.

According to Sheronda Sanders, coordinator of information services with the library, the system went online Sept. 1. Users can access tests such as the GED, SAT, ACT and ASVAB, among others.

True to her word, Sanders went to the system’s logon screen, typed in a user name, password and verified the password before being brought the system’s main screen &045; all in under a minute.

The main screen of the system displays several different sample tests users can try including ones for firefighters, cosmetology, real estate, nursing, teacher certification and U.S. citizenship, to name just a few.

Clicking on GED brought Sanders to a number of sub-menus including language arts reading practice, mathematics, science and social studies. Clicking on one of those options eventually led Sanders to the multiple-choice test itself complete with timer.

The library isn’t the only place test-takers can hone their skills. The LearningExpress Library can be accessed by anyone with a computer, Internet connection and Selma/Dallas County Public Library card.

The LearningExpress Library is currently funded through the Alabama Public Library Service, which governs all libraries in the state.

Those interested in using the service at the library should go to the reference department on the second floor. It can be accessed from home computers at www.learningexpresslibrary.com.