APC has announced a recall on a number of their surge protectors manufactured from 1993-2002. Please follow the link below to determine if your unit is included and how to file a claim. Do not be fooled into thinking your surge protector looks too new to be included. The one in my office appears flawless and yet it is from 1997.
When you print webpages from the internet you usually get tons of ads and extra "stuff" drowning out your target material. You may also find that the formatting changes, which can be even more aggravating. Not only does all of this waste a lot of ink and paper, but it takes away from what you really want to see.
Are you looking for a fun way to represent yourself at the library and in your personal life? Then you should download the Bitmoji app from the Google Play Store or App Store. This fun app allows you to create a caricature (or emoji) of yourself that you can post to social media, send to friends and colleagues via text or email, or use them creatively in the library.
The app itself is easy enough to use and walks you through every part of creating your face. From choosing your jaw line to eye shape and color to hair style and ears, you can create a pretty accurate character with your features. After choosing your facial features, you can choose an outfit that best represents your style. Next you will see hundreds of different poses, phrases, and actions your bitmoji can do. You can express different feelings, holidays, sports, or actions They do not move and are more like a sticker you can paste places. (Read more...)
The Gigabit Libraries Network and San Jose State University's iSchool put out a call for proposals on libraries using TV Whitespace. The selected libraries "will initiate partnership projects with neighboring anchor institutions to explore and develop innovative uses for TV Whitespace (TVWS) to support remote fixed and portable library hotspots at new locations in their communities."
See this document for more information on the grant. If a library is interested in applying, there is a two-minute preliminary checklist video to see if the library qualifies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5IucDfMJ5w&feature=youtu.be.
American Graphics Institute’s Library Partner Program offers no-cost technology training and digital books to library patrons from participating libraries. The self-paced online courses cover a range of popular skills:
Free Digital Classroom Books from American Graphics Institute
These self-paced training programs are from the authors of the Digital Classroom series of books and training videos that were created by American Graphics Institute. More than one million of these books are in print. Access to the training includes free Digital Classroom book access: complete digital versions of these books are provided to participating library patrons. Access to accompanying video tutorials from the authors and lesson files are also provided.
Qualifications for libraries to participate (read more...)
WiLS is proud to announce a partnership with Gale to deliver Gale Courses to WiLS cooperative purchasing public library members at a deeply discounted cost per enrollment. Gale Courses can help you support your library’s educational mission and staff development.
Gale Courses, derived from Ed2Go courses for higher education, deliver hundreds of engaging, instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment to transform lives and foster positive changes in your community.
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A new phishing technique is fooling internet users into giving hackers access to their Gmail accounts. According to WordPress security plugin creator Wordfence, the way that the attack works is that hackers send emails to the contacts of compromised accounts containing a seemingly innocuous attachment. When the user clicks the attachment, a new tab opens in the browser that looks nearly identical to the Google sign-in page. If the user inputs their log-in information, it goes straight to the attacker.
On Hacker News, a commenter describes an incident that occurred at his school last year in which several employees and students were tricked into handing over their account information to attackers after receiving compromised emails and opening the attachments, thus perpetuating the cycle: (Read more...)
At the All Directors Meeting last month, Tessa Michaelson Schmidt from DPI used a cool game to end the Annual Report: Before, During, and After workshop. It was a really fun way to wrap up the presentation and reinforce some of the main takeaways. As I watched, all the participants were really engaged in the game, laughing, and working together to figure out the answers. What an awesome tool to use for workshops - for your patrons or for your staff.
I have some exciting news: Dave and I have been manually/remotely updating all your public computers! OK, so maybe it's only exciting for us, but it affects everyone. The significance of this latest project is that, from now on, the updates will be done automatically again.
We will use a different and more efficient method this time: Deep Freeze. Once your library is setup for the auto-updates, you will receive an email from Dave explaining the process, which includes updates taking place weekly during the night. We should finish all the libraries this week so, if you have not yet received your email, watch for it.
I stumbled upon a fun website last week. It is called MyScriptFont.com. The site allows you to build a font using your own handwriting. It is pretty simple and quick.
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