You may not know Niche Academy, but chances are you’ve used it – if you’ve ever clicked on a question mark in our Digital Library, watched a walkthrough of our new catalogue, opened a side tab on one of the pages of our website, or watched a recording of one of our programs for adults, you’ve visited our portal for online tutorials on all kinds of topics. We launched Niche Academy two years ago with the goal to help you connect to online learning right where you need it on our website. What began as a small collection of tutorials related to our digital library has grown to include custom information on various aspects of library life, like borrowing library Chromebooks, using accessibility services, and requesting books from other libraries.
Now that Niche has gotten so full of good stuff, we’re introducing Category View, a new way to explore our tutorial collection. Category View allows you to jump to the category you need using a menu on the far right of the page. Click Categories at the top right to open the menu, or simply scroll down the page to see them:
- About Your Library is where you’ll find tutorials about using library services and accessibility tools, including the ever-popular Library Basics tutorial
- CPL’s Digital Library includes tutorials for your favourite online library tools like Ancestry, Creativebug, Kanopy, and Mango Languages
- Google Apps has tutorials for Google products like Gmail, Sheets, Forms, and Photos
- Library of Things is where you’ll find tutorials for some of our borrowable kits and collections, like musical instruments and GoPros
- Microsoft Office has tutorials for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook
- Research Essentials includes a set of tutorials to help you develop your research skills, as well as guide to combatting misinformation and disinformation online
- Social Media & Online is where you’ll find tutorials on things like Facebook, Zoom, and Tinkercad
- Can’t find what you’re looking for? Select the magnifying glass at the top of the page to search for a particular topic
Want to explore further? You can view our full list of tutorials at https://my.nicheacademy.com/caledon, and click Categories to get started!