Cassville library offers helpful Tech Tutor resource

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Cassville Library Assistant Donna Lawson demonstrates how to complete a task on Google Docs, just one of many tasks she can help patrons with who are struggling with a technology-related issue on their devices. Julia Kilmer/

With technology changing at the speed of light and new applications, it can be hard to keep up, even for those who pride themselves on being good at it.

But no matter one's knowledge or level, the Cassville library has a great resource that can help.

Library Assistant Donna Lawson has plenty of knowledge when it comes to technology, and she has a knack for it.

She holds not one, but two master's degrees one in General Education, another in Instructional Technology Leadership. She was also the librarian for Cassville High School for 15 years, and for Cassville elementary for five years.

"I love learning," she said. "If people want to learn how to use their device more efficiently, or just learn new things, they can come to our Tech Tutor session on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. "And if it's something specific that I don't know, I'll find out."

One thing Lawson likes to teach others about are all the perks of their Google Drive, which most newer phones come installed with.

Google is not just a search engine to look up information, it is a free service that allows one to create and share documents (Google Docs), spreadsheets (Google Sheets), presentations (Google Slides) and forms (Google Forms).

"And it's free," said Lawson. "I wouldn't pay for a similar program when it's available free through Google. The schools use Google Docs. It's a new way people are using and sharing documents.

"You can even import a PowerPoint into it, and also upload a Word document that you can access from another device. It's just really awesome."

So if you're struggling with program or application, your laptop, tablet or e-reader device seems to be running slow, you need help with email, or learning how to use words efficiently to maximize internet searches, or some other problem keeping you from using your device, see Lawson.

For more information, Lawson can be reached at 417-847-2121.