Category Archives: technology

The Cloud for non-profits and libraries

During the month of October, TechSoup led a Cloud Computing Worldwide campaign. They learned how organizations all over the world are using cloud computing through blog posts, webinars, and tweet chats. You can view everything that was shared on one handy webpage including these topics:

Week One: Introduction to Cloud Computing
Week Two: How Cloud Computing Changes Organizations
Week Three: Security in the Cloud
Week Four: The Future of Cloud Computing

Youth News – A teen roundup from Kim

Events, tidbits, and resources rounded up for you by Kim Lehman, our Youth Services Specialist Extraordinaire:

 

From Story Times to Blogger

Teens will be blogging, tweeting, photographing, and videotaping everything that happens at the Austin Teen Book Festival, and about the fest. One member of the teen press corps used to come to my storytimes many years ago. I recently ran into her and discovered that literature is her life. How exciting is that! You can follow Willa blog at http://willasramblings.com/

Enter to win a free banned book on Willa blog. Deadline October 1.

Talented Youth

Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) would like your help in identifying exceptionally talented Texas youth (8th-11th grade students) for our Young Masters grant program.  Many of you work directly with youth and/or teachers of students of this age bracket.  Please make them aware of this program.  Students of all artistic disciplines apply for this competitive grant program.  The most talented young artists will receive the title of Young Master and will be given grants of up to $2,500 per year for two years to further their advanced studies in their chosen arts disciplines.
Deadline November 15, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/youngmaster

Teen Brains

September PBS show – Understanding The Mysterious Teenage Brain talk of the nation

Research suggests, that compared to adults, teens value rewards more than consequences. http://www.npr.org/2011/09/20/140637115/understanding-the-mysterious-teenage-brain

National Geographic Cover Article

After his son was pulled over for driving 113 mph, science writer David Dobbs set out to understand what researchers know about the teenage brain. The resulting story, “Beautiful Brains,” is the cover story in the October 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/teenage-brains/dobbs-text

Teen Programs on You Tube

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ALA Publications Web Extras

Free web extras complement ALA Editions print books. Check out such extras as  Webliographies, selected book content, sample templates, sample policies, and companion websites. Titles include Technology Made Simple, Teen Spaces, Preschool FavoritesFundamentals of Library Supervision, and many more.

Sweating the small stuff…

Have you guys seen this TED talk? Ad-man Rory Sutherland discusses how modest solutions can often have a greater impact than the big expensive ideas and strategies. He emphasizes incentives for behavior change instead of trying to twist people’s arms. He also says that because people in power often have big budgets, they then deploy big budget solutions because they need to spend the money. So he wants to see a group of people with a lot of power but not that much money (oh, does that sound like some of our library budgets recently?). Very funny guy, take a look if you’ve got 12 minutes…

TANG Tech Tips

Republished from the April 2010 Newsletter:

Creating a desktop shortcut to your Apollo Catalog

You can use Firefox to create a shortcut on your computer’s desktop to any page you’ve visited, including your Apollo Catalog:

  1. Resize the Firefox window so you can see both your computer’s desktop and the Firefox window on the same screen.
  2. Click on the site icon next to the Location bar, i.e. where the web address (URL) is shown.
  3. While still holding the mouse button down, move the pointer to the desktop, then release the mouse button. The shortcut will be created.

New CTLS workforce website!

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TANG Tech Tips – December 2009 to March 2010

Republished from our newsletter — here’s a December to March archive of Holly’s Tech Tips:

December 2009

Getting discounts for AVG Anti-Virus Software

OK, first off, if you are currently using AVG Free, you will need to upgrade your AVG to 9.0.  Here is the page for that.  It is a little hard to see where the free version is, but the download is at the bottom, on the left.  There is also a how-to here. But you really shouldn’t be using AVG Free for anti-virus control in your library — it is only for home use. AVG does give discounts for libraries, and here is the information for getting discounts.

I do not know how cheap AVG is going to be with discounts, so you will want to also look at TechSoup to see the prices for Symantec, etc.  For instance, a 10 user license for Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.2 is only $50 on TechSoup.  If your library is not already set up to receive discounts on TechSoup.org, I can help you through the registration process.

My favorite site of the month – MakeUseOf.com

I’ve discovered a really fun resource for information on all things tech:

http://www.makeuseof.com

I suggest you subscribe to this site, so you can get downloads only subscribers can access, such as the Laptop Buying Guide for 2009.  With a subscription you also get regular reminders of their articles, how-to’s, reviews, etc.  They are big proponents of open source software (such as my favorite, OpenOffice) – but remember to check that these are OK for use in your library.  Some products are only for home use (such as AVG Free.)  Two goodies from MakeUseOf:

More websites for fun and learning

January 2010

I need more memory!!!

Many of you have realized that your PCs are SLOW.  There can be many reasons for this but a common problem that is pretty easy to fix is that there is not enough memory on your PC. Upgrading the memory in your computer is the fastest way to better performance in Windows.   I’d recommend at least 1GB of RAM, but don’t bother going over 3GB if you are using 32-bit XP or Vista because Windows won’t be able to use all of it.  More about 32-bit vs 64-bit in a future Tech Tip.

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