WiscNet Community Conversations: Listening Sessions on Security at Brown County Library August 1, 2019
WiscNet staff will be on the road through September at various locations in Wisconsin holding listening sessions on the topic of security. At each stop, a local WiscNet member will share what security means and looks like in their organization, where they’re at on their security journey, what problems they’re trying to solve, and what they still need to learn. This is your chance to hear from each other, to share what’s going on in your own worlds, and connect face-to-face with others in your community.
WiscNet staff will be at the Brown County Library on Thursday, August 1, 2019.
Here are some upcoming WiLS Events for April, May, and June - including Peer Council and the 2019 Ideas to Action Fund! Learn more about WiLS at https://www.wils.org/about-wils/.
Technical Support Specialist
Door County Public Library, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Applications Accepted through 4/12/2019 4:30 PM Central
The Technical Support Specialist will provide technical support for the library system in the County. This person will be responsible for the installing, configuring and troubleshooting both the hardware and software systems. Periodic travel to the direct locations will be required.
Google's Applied Digital Skills library has a great series of videos that walk you through creating a resume. Your patron can use their Google account to log into Google Drive to follow the lesson exactly or use any other word processing program (i.e. Word). Check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/y4p7wgys.
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.
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
Did you know that 47% of Facebook users only access the site through the mobile app?
Or that video posts get more shares than any other post type?
If you're looking for ways to reach more library patrons or sponsors through Facebook, this article from SocialMediaToday offers some great tips for taking your Facebook marketing to the next level. READ MORE
The Nicolet Federated Library System is excited to announce that Transparent Language Online is now available to if its member libraries their library card holders. Transparent Language Online for Libraries is one of the most complete language-learning system available anywhere.
To get started visit your Transparent Language login page:
To learn more check out some of Transparent Languages videos:firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) or use the "Contact Support" tab anytime in your browser when when using Transparent Language.
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.
I would like to mention a few things before getting to Andrew's post:
Microsoft is changing the name and functionality of the Snipping Tool for Windows 10 in an upcoming update. I use the Snipping Tool regularly to include screenshots in documentation. After the 1809 Feature Update was installed on my laptop, I noticed a warning the first time I opened the Snipping Tool. The warning basically states that the tool is moving, it will have improved features, and it will be called "Snip & Sketch."
Microsoft hasn't announced when the new version will be forced or what update will make the change permanent. After you get the 1809 Feature Update, you can still use the tool in its basic form. You can also click "Try Snip & Sketch" to start using the new features.
Here is the rest of Andrew's post...
Written by John Kronenburg, NFLS Information Technologies Coordinator
Here is something for your younger patrons:
Doodle for Google contest has launched
Calling all K-12 artists! The Doodle for Google contest kicked off January 8th and will close on March 18th. This year's theme is "When I grow up, I hope..." Visit doodle4google.com for lesson plans and details on how to enter.
Make sure to scroll down on the website for a cool introduction to the contest!
I recently read a piece about the News Literacy website in my WiLS Community Chronicle e-newsletter:
The News Literacy Project is a national education nonprofit offering nonpartisan, independent programs that teach students how to know what to believe in the digital age. Check out their website for more information, their professional development opportunities, the Civics Connection blog, and to subscribe to The Sift, their newsletter in which staff “sort through recent rumors, hoaxes and other misinformation to bring you the best teachable moments in news literacy.”
I then explored the website, finding it to be an interesting mixture of educational snippets and opportunities for educators to take classes in preparation for guiding/teaching others. It is definitely worth checking out, especially since it has such a wonderfully constructive goal of helping all of us to better navigate the often manipulated news and views found through any form of media.
Written by John Kronenburg, NFLS Information Technology and Technical Support
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