You Can Do I.T. - Basic Hardware & Software Skills for Public Libraries
This is an in-depth introduction to the computer hardware, software, and security systems that libraries rely on for public access computing.
Topics covered are:
External parts of desktop and laptop computers
Computer ports and cables
Internal parts of desktop and laptop computers
Important hardware terms
Basic computer hardware maintenance
How to evaluate hardware or software before purchasing
Basics of BIOS security (i.e., settings and passwords)
Understanding the function of the operating system and device drivers
Installing new or connecting to printers
Updating your operating system, printer drivers, etc.
Important security software
Public access computer systems and system restoration software
In person workshops were delivered in Spring and Fall 2016. No new workshops have been scheduled.
About the Presenter
Carson Block(http://www.carsonblock.com/) has led, managed, and supported library technology efforts for more than 17 years. He has been called "a geek who speaks English" and enjoys acting as a bridge between the worlds of librarians and hard-core technologists. He has a passion to de-mystify technology for the uninitiated, and to help IT professionals understand and support the goals of libraries.
As a consultant, Carson is often brought in to help solve complex institutional issues and to help align the library's public service mission with its technology efforts to serve the needs of patrons and staff.