Teachers are assigning more and more homework that requires the Internet, but millions of students—especially those from low-income and rural communities—don’t have Internet access at home. That’s why Google is partnering with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to fund programs working to close this “homework gap.” Google’s $500,000 grant will fund research and resource development for programs supporting millions of students in underserved communities. Read more here.
Over the years, most of our libraries have experienced a disconnect between Sierra and the receipt printer. The tell-tale sign is when Sierra will not print or wants to print to another printer in your library. Lately, I have been contacted with this issue more than ever before. It seems to happen most often on Windows 10 computers and I am suspecting the Windows Updates to be the culprit. However, this can also happen on our Windows 7 computers.
There are a number of places in Sierra that the settings need to be checked/changed; though, they are all pretty much set the same. You may want to try this yourself because, once you do it a couple times, it will be faster than contacting me to do it. Of course, I would be happy to assist if you prefer.
The procedure is here in the OWLSnet Manual. Everyone should already have the username and password to get in. If not, please ask your supervisor or contact me over the phone. Note that your printer name may be different than in the procedure (i.e. Visitor Cards printer).
Hurry, you have just a few more days to ensure a spot for your tweets in the collections of the Library of Congress.
After archiving every single public message posted on Twitter since the social media platform was introduced in March 2006, the institution will soon scale back its approach to collecting them.
Starting on Jan. 1, 2018, the library will apply the same selective discretion to tweets that it uses for other documents, collecting and archiving material around themes or events of consequence.
The move, announced in a Tuesday blog post, brings to an end an ambitious effort, which began in 2010 when Twitter donated its full archive of public tweets to the library.
“The Twitter Archive may prove to be one of this generation’s most significant legacies,” the library said in a document detailing the decision. “Future generations will learn much about this rich period in our history, the information flows, and social and political forces that help define the current generation.”
Twitter has come a long way since one of its founders, Jack Dorsey, posted the first tweet on March 21, 2006. Today, many organizations, celebrities and politicians, including President Trump, view it as a crucial tool for reaching their audiences.
The service has also shrunk the distance between the anonymous and the famous, the frivolous and the serious.
The most-liked tweet of 2017 was a quotation about unity posted by former President Obama in the wake of the white supremacist violence this summer in Charlottesville, Va. And the most retweeted message was a plea from a teenager on a quest for a year’s worth of free chicken nuggets. Make of that what you will.
(Read the entire article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/27/technology/library-congress-tweets.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FLibraries%20and%20Librarians&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=collection)
Looking for beautiful pictures to use in newsletters, blog posts, social media posts, and more?
Winnefox Library System's "Library Sparks" recently highlightedUnsplash, a source for free, high-resolution photos. Crediting isn't required, but the site provides a super-easy way to credit the photographers by providing text to embed a badge or text credit. I am in LOVE with it already! Just look at some of these beauties...
From Google for Education newletter:
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There have been instances around our system where a Staff computer seems to turn itself on during the night. What is actually happening is that the computer is not shutting down all the way; it is doing a "hybrid" shutdown in order to save some electricity and then turn on almost instantly. This is not what we want to happen in our libraries. We want the computers to shut down all the way.
If you notice any of your Staff computers acting as if they are not shutting down completely, hold down the Shift key as you select Shut down.
After attending a recent conference, I realized something – not everyone practices their presentations beforehand!
There are definitely some benefits to practicing giving your presentation, especially if you are a new speaker and are going out in front of people for the first time.
Here are some things you might want to practice and/or finesse before the actual presentation:
[The original article: https://www.davidleeking.com/]
Is there anyone that doesn't know what YouTube is? There isn't a day goes by that I am not on YouTube watching/listening to something either while I do my hair and makeup in the morning or making dinner at night. If you are anything like me and you watch YouTube videos [more than] you watch regular TV, then you might already know these tips and tricks. If not, here are some tips and tricks that I use when watching YouTube videos.
Loop a video:
Have a song you can't get enough of? YouTube will loop (continuously play) it for you. Simply right click the video and select Loop.
Share a video at a certain time:
Want to share a cute cat video with your friends but the real action doesn't start until 1:00 into the video? No problem, just click Share at the bottom of the video and check the box Start at and enter a time. Then choose how to share the video.
Maybe you are waiting in line at Starbucks and you don't have headphones. Turn on the captions! Captions are not available on all videos, but if it is you can click on the CC button on the bottom of the video.
This is my most used tip for YouTube. Let's say I'm watching a video and on the side of the video player is a couple similar videos I want to watch next. Put your cursor on the thumbnail for the video and an option will appear in the upper right corner that looks like a clock. This will add it to your Watch Later playlist which you can access anytime in the left menu bar of YouTube.
Quick way to pause video:
Almost get caught watching a cat video while at work when your boss walked in? Simply press the space bar on the keyboard to pause the video fast.
Watching a video for educational purposes but missed a quote? You can view a transcript of the video easily. Click on the three dots at the bottom of the video by the share button and select Open Transcript. This displays the captions essentially and time stamps which you can click on to view that part of the video.
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