This is a great post on internet safety, something that affects us all at home and work. We must all remain vigilant to protect our staff and patrons, as well as ourselves.
- John Kronenburg, NFLS IT Coordinator
This Safer Internet Day, we teamed up with ethical hacking and web application security company Detectify to provide security tips for both workplace Internet users and web developers. This article is aimed at employees of all levels. If you’re a programmer looking to create secure websites, visit Detectify’s blog to read their guide to HTTP security headers for web developers.
More and more businesses are becoming security and privacy conscious as, they should be. When in years past, IT departments’ pleas for a bigger cybersecurity budget fell on deaf ears, this year, things have started looking up. Indeed, there is nothing quite like a lengthening string of security breaches to grab people’s—and executives’—attention.
Purely reacting to events is a bad terrible approach, and organizations who handle and store sensitive client information have learned this the hard way. It not only puts businesses in constant firefighting mode, but is also a sign that their current cybersecurity posture may be inadequate and in need of proper assessment and improvement.
The NEWI Youth Services & SLP 2019 Workshop was held on February 21 and 22 at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh and the Kress Family Branch of Brown County Library in De Pere. Speakers and facilitators did such an amazing job, and attendees had opportunities to share ideas and work on teams for various STEM-based challenges.
How many times have you realized that the information you were reading online was inaccurate because it was outdated? How many times do you suppose that happened without you realizing it...? Have you ever wished you could search for things released on/around a certain date? Well, Google has a tool that will allow you to control the exact time-frame of your search results and I love it!
Below is an image showing you where to find this feature. Enter search criteria into the Omnibox (address field at the top of any web browser) or from wherever you Google things. At the top middle of the Google results page there will be a Tools button. Once you select that, two new menus will appear on the left: Any time and All results. Select Any time and the drop down box will reveal your options within the last year. Select Custom range... and a calendar will appear for you to select the exact start and end dates.
This tool has endless possibilities for improving your search results and for dialing in specific time-periods for research. I may not use it every time, but it is invaluable when I need it. Enjoy!
Written by John Kronenburg, NFLS Information Technologies Coordinator
Congratulations go to the February 2019 WLA Small Library Section Librarian of the Month - Tracy Opper!
Tracy, the branch manager at Door County Library's Baileys Harbor Branch, is also the first LotM to be from a branch library. She was recommended by a colleague in Ephriam, who praised Tracy for all the amazing things she's done for the library.
Read more about Tracy here.
The Gates Library Foundation: How Digital Inclusion Came to the Libraries (TechSoup blog by Jim Lynch's)
The TechSoup blog post below is not just interesting on its own, it also references numerous other organizations and programs worth looking into like: Edge Benchmark project; Pew Research Center; Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries; Public Library Association (PLA); International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA); Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA).
Here is the beginning of the original post:
From 1997 to 2018, the Gates Library Foundation (a program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) invested $1 billion over 21 years in public libraries both domestically and globally. Its investments have ensured that millions of people around the world have better access to digital tools that can help improve their lives. The program has left a powerful legacy, nothing less than bringing digital inclusion to many thousands of public libraries and their patrons around the world. TechSoup is deeply proud to have had the chance to work with the Gates Foundation to empower public libraries everywhere.
In 1997, Bill and Melinda Gates created the Gates Library Foundation to bring computers and digital information to public libraries in the United States and Canada. When the foundation began this work, less than a quarter of U.S. libraries were connected to the Internet, and fewer provided Internet access to patrons. Today, nearly all U.S. libraries are not just connected, they've been transformed into critical community resources for today's digital world by supplying public-access computers, software, and training to their communities.
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