Keep Doing I.T.!
One of my goals as your newest Library Technology Consultant focusing on small and rural public libraries is to provide technology resources, tips, and news in a regular series called Keep Doing I.T. (information technology).
In each update, you’ll find a few resources that further build upon your technology skills. Since it’s hard to keep up with so many great resources out there, each post will detail how or why you might use the resource for yourself and for your library. If there are tools, webinars, or other resources you’ve added to your I.T. toolbox, please do share!
Resource #1: TechBoomers.com
In their own words, “Techboomers aims to improve the quality of life for older adults and other inexperienced technology users by empowering them to learn how to use popular and trusted websites and Internet-based applications.”
Their step-by-step text and photo tutorials are very easy to understand and cover a range of online sites such as Facebook, Netflix, Paypal and YouTube to web applications like Instagram, Pinterest and Google Maps. They also have an Internet 101 course that covers basic Internet Safety and Internet Privacy and explains the nuances of using the Internet with top considerations and tips for new users.
In addition, they have a dedicated area just for Libraries, as they recognize that libraries are a major provider of digital literacy instruction. They are continually adding new content and taking suggestions for what tutorials to develop.
In full disclosure, I used their tutorial to figure out how (and why!) to use Snapchat so its utility is not limited to basic computer or Internet users! I’ve also found it useful to see how they explain these sites, so if you are already providing digital literacy classes at your library, these tutorials may offer a different perspective, additional considerations, or helpful language for your instructional materials.
To learn more, view the webinar Teaching Digital Literacy with Techboomers.com.
Resource #2: Technology Basics: PC Troubleshooting and Maintenance webinar
This short webinar is a great introduction or reinforcement of some of the small, free, or low-cost things you can do to create a better computing experience for you, your staff, and your users. Topics include:
- When to upgrade your software versus when to upgrade your operating system
- How to make your computer run faster without installing or purchasing anything
- Good internet practices
- Importance of running antivirus software
Because this is a basic introduction to computing, this is a great webinar to share with your staff or users who may have expressed unease or anxiety about technology.
New workshops confirmed! We have finalized all of our Fall workshop dates and locations for the You Can Do I.T. program, this time focusing on hardware and software. Register now for these free workshops and please spread the word!
- Tues. Sept 6, 2016 — TLL Temple Memorial Library and Archives, Diboll, TX
- Wed. Sept 7, 2016 — The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points, TX
- Thurs. Sept 8, 2016 — Weatherford Public Library, Weatherford, TX
- Mon. Sept 19, 2016 — Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, Edinburg, TX
- Tues. Sept 20, 2016 — Nueces County Keach Family Library., Robstown, TX
- Thurs. Sept 22, 2016 — New Braunfels Public Library, New Braunfels, TX
- Wed. Oct 19, 2016 — Alpine Public Library, Alpine, TX
- Thurs. Oct 20, 2016 — Tom Green County Library, San Angelo, TX
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