A screenshot is a picture of what is on your computer or mobile device.  You may have seen people share them in emails or on social media.  If you have wondered how to take one this yourself, this lesson will help you learn how to take one on a computer or mobile device.


  1.  Complete’s Taking Screenshots Lesson.
  2. Take a screenshot and email it to Janelle,
  3. Post a comment below answering the following:
    1. What did you learn this lesson?
    2. How do you see yourself using screenshots at your library?
    3. How do you see yourself using screenshots in your personal life?
    4. What tip do you plan to share with patrons or other staff members?



3 thoughts on “How to Take Screenshots

  • May 31, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I learned how to take screenshots on multiple devices. I use Windows at work, have Mac at home, an iPhone and my husband uses Android so I successfully completed a screenshot on all of them. I can see how screenshots could be useful at the library if I need to send an error message or something like that to tech support or if I wanted to save a quick copy of something for later. I think screenshots could be helpful if I wanted to send a “gift or shopping idea” to a friend or family member I could snap a screenshot and either text or email it to them. I know my daughter has shared things with me through screenshots, now I know how :)! It would also come in handy for snapping a screenshot of an online purchase or receipt. I will be able to share with patrons how to take a screenshot of a book that they are interested in reading, if they would like us to order or ILL it.

  • June 13, 2018 at 9:55 am

    I learned how to take a screenshot on my android, which I’d been having trouble with. This will be helpful at the library if a patron calls in and needs help with their e-card. This could be useful when ordering tickets online and needing to send the confirmation to another person. I can now show patrons how to screen shot if they have an error message when using our web page or the verso page.

  • October 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I have been practicing screenshots on my apple phone for awhile now. It is a good tool if you come across a recipe of something that you want to look at later. Or if you get an email with a schedule of games or something you need to have but, instead of writing it down it is in your photos. I have started using it more at the library to keep track of ideas for bulletin boards or things I want to remember or even print off. I think that screenshots are an important tool to copy important information quickly and have it available right away. When a patron comes in and needs information this is a quick tool to use to get the information for them and print it out for them to have as well. For example, if they want to know how many books are in a certain series and you just want the list you can screenshot it. Lots of great uses.


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