OverDrive now has web pages dedicated to the specific needs of libraries themselves. Their main categories describe it all: Best Practices, Marketing and Outreach, Staff Training, Collection Development, Product Information. Explore the site to appreciate the depth of their resources and tools.
Two Facebook scams are back.
If you're drooling over that iPhone 7 and hoping to win one on a Facebook iPhone giveaway page, beware.
Many of those pages are "like-farming" scams. Someone creates a fake page and tries to collect as many likes as possible quickly. Once the page accumulates about a half million likes, the scammer can sell it to a shady marketer who wants an already-established Facebook page to promote any sleazy product or service to you.
Sometimes these scams are easy to spot, sometimes not. Kim Komando, aka "America's Digital Goddess," has captured screenshots of real and fake iPhone giveaway offers. See if you can spot the fakes. Go to "Facebook scam! Don't click "Like" again until you've read this."
In Scam Number 2, beware of free "federal grants" that your friends or family members tell you about on Facebook. (Read article...)
"Yahoo announced that 500 million of their accounts were hacked and are sold by internet criminals. Bad guys are going to use this information in a variety of ways. For instance, they will send phishing emails claiming you need to change your Yahoo account, looking just like the real ones. Here is what I suggest you do right away:
It's all over the press. Here is a quote from Reuters: "Yahoo Inc said on Thursday information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network in 2014 by what it believed was a "state-sponsored actor."
The data stolen may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and hashed passwords (the vast majority with the relatively strong bcrypt algorithm) but may not have included unprotected passwords, payment card data or bank account information, the company said. (Read entire article...)
Brendan Nystedt, Reviewed.com
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets are often the least expensive, best-priced companion devices around. If you've held off buying one, we have an exclusive deal to make the affordable, refurbished Kindle Fire HD 6 even cheaper with a coupon code for an extra 10% off. That makes the final price just around $50 before shipping, and if you're already an Amazon Prime member, you get free one-day shipping to make the deal that much more sweet.
Head on over to Amazon's certified refurbished Kindle Fire HD 6 page, add the device to your cart, and type in the offer code REVIEW1 to get an extra 10% off this Kindle device. The deal ends September 16th at 11:59 PM Pacific time, so be sure to grab this while you can.
The world's largest library was created by John Adams in 1800, and now Carla Hayden is running it. Watch interview
Dropbox Changed Passwords after 68M Account Records Were Compromised (by John Ribeiro, Computerworld)
Dropbox is asking users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their account passwords. This follows the discovery of a large dump of email addresses and passwords related to these accounts. Read more...
This is the latest from WiLS about OverDrive no longer offering Barnes & Noble periodicals, including a message to offer patrons:
Last month we shared that OverDrive announced they are terminating their partnership with Barnes & Noble for OverDrive Periodicals. The WPLC's current subscriptions will be available to patrons until the end of the subscription term in October, and following that, all periodicals will be removed from Wisconsin's Digital Library.
As promised, below is messaging for you to use to notify patrons of this change.
Message to Patrons (for email, newsletters, social media, print signage, etc.)
We regret to announce that, effective October 1st, magazines will no longer be available in Wisconsin's Digital Library.
In July, OverDrive terminated its partnership with Barnes and Noble, which provides NOOK Periodicals for Wisconsin's Digital Library. The WPLC, the managing body for Wisconsin's Digital Library, is exploring other potential digital magazine products to replace this valuable statewide service to library users. You may still have access to other digital magazines through another service; contact your local library to find out or visit them in person to read your favorite magazines in print.
We appreciate your patronage of Wisconsin's Digital Library, and we are very sorry for this inconvenience.
Here are 16 handy apps for students, those who work with students, and anyone else interested in getting smarter and more organized. You may already use a couple of these but I am sure there are some others you would love as well, like EasyBib, CamScanner, DuoLingo, and Evernote. Did I mention that most of them are free?! Read about each app on the right side of the above website and then select the red circle next to the image to go to the next one.
John's collection of tech tips, trends, and training for NFLS librarians
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