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August means Business at the CTC

If you're in business, by which I mean there’s anything you promote, sell or raise awareness about something, be it a product, an event, an idea or an organization, you should probably plan on being at the library a lot next month.

We might as well dub August “Business Month” at the Community Technology Center because we’ve got a whole slew of classes where you’ll learn mad business skills, some about crafting a strategy and learning concrete techniques for successfully marketing yourself online (Marketing with Social Media, Facebook: Business Pages), some about building and running your own free blog or website (Wordpress), some about analyzing the data you capture to put it to work for you.   For your learning pleasure:

DO THIS NOW! Protect your phone from loss or theft (and lots of other stuff too).

Last week my phone and I parted ways. I had it in my pocket as I walked around the library, and it must have fallen out, because all of a sudden I couldn’t find it anymore though I looked thoroughly. Someone must have picked it up and pocketed it, opting out of turning it into the lost and found, because soon enough they started posting to my Facebook account.

Here’s the thing-this was a brand new cutting edge phone (the Galaxy Note II) chock full of every manner of apps to amuse and enlighten me, and as they say, there’s an app for everything. One of my apps could have been a security app that would allow me to locate and retrieve my phone from the lucky thieves who happened upon it. But in all my technological wisdom, I had not activated a single app that could help me recover my phone. And so I never got it back.

Like! New Facebook Classes on Privacy, Security and Business Pages.

Facebook

There’s so much more to Facebook than simply where to click and who to friend. Almost since its inception, Facebook has been criticized for its lax privacy stance. Someone (Mark Zuckerberg?) must have taken the criticism to heart because the recent Facebook privacy changes have

given users more control than ever before over Who Sees What, and how users can guard themselves against unwanted Sharing.We’ve put together an entire class called Facebook: Privacy and Security, dedicated exclusively to learning about what you can do to be as protected as possible and still enjoy socializing* on the biggest social network the world has ever seen.This class will become a monthly regular in the Community Technology Center’s offerings- catch the first one on

Wow! Zoom! Sweep! with Prezi Presentations

Do you know what a Prezi presentation is? It's ok, neither did I a few months ago. It's kind of a new thing. I'd even wager to say it's The New Thing as far as presentations are concerned.

Prezi is a free cloud-based program that allows users to create moving (literally) presentations by zooming in, out and around visual objects, whether they're images or power words. Think of it like this: Prezi is to Powerpoint as a landline phone is to an iPhone. There are advantages to both, but Prezi has a lot more bells and whistles, capabilities and is all around a more impressive product.

Librarian Recommended!

It's a pretty well-known fact that librarians* are big readers.  Many DPL staffers have chosen this field because it lets us work with books, movies and music every day. In a way, we've devoted our lives to these things. So it makes sense that a book recommended by a library staff person is probably a pretty darn good book.

We now have this nifty new page on our website that lets you peruse staff reviews of our favorite library things. Whether you're looking for a light summer read, a tale of adventure or a new website to geek out on, look no further!

Be a lean mean marketing machine

Social networks aren't just about sharing what you had for breakfast and posting oh-so-cute pictures of your niece with jam on her face. They're a big deal. And they're also an excellent way to spread your message as a small business or organization.

Whether you're selling products, offering services, raising awareness or promoting an event, social networks like Facebook and Twitter can lend serious firepower to your marketing efforts. But using social networks to promote yourself takes more finesse than just punching in a random broadcast- you need to craft your message and build your brand.

¡Que Fantastico! Computer Basics in Spanish and English

Do you know someone who's in need of some basic skills, from mousing and typing to internet browsing and beyond?  If they speak Italian they're out of luck, but if they're English or Spanish speakers we've got them covered!

The Community Technology Center has been offering high quality free basic computer classes in English with great success, and we're pleased to announce that starting in June we'll have Spanish computer classes as well. iQue bueno!

What's the Deal with Facebook Timeline?

Facebook Like

Facebook Timeline has been making big waves- but what is it?  Why all the commotion?  Is it mandatory? And most importantly, how do you use it? 

Good questions, all of them!

In a nutshell, Timeline is well, a timeline of your activities on Facebook.  You can tell someone has installed Timeline by the giant photo that dominates the top of their profile page.  But Timeline is not just a visual change.  It also allows users to

Tell Yo Grandma! Computer Basics Classes Start Next Week

If you're reading this blog chances are good that you know how to use the computer. But do your grandparents? How about your neighbors, your friends, your aunts & uncles, your co-workers? We all know people who don't know how to use the computer and wish they could! Well, tell 'em that their time has come. The CTC offers a free series on computer basics, and the cycle starts next week.

Monday, 3/5, 2-3:30 p.m., Getting Started - Spend time getting to know the mouse, because you won't go far without clicking!

Monday, 3/12, 2-3:30 p.m., Internet 101 - Learn about the Internet - what it is, how to navigate it and how to search for information.

Monday, 3/19, 2-3:30 p.m., Yahoo! Email Basics - Learn how to set up and operate an email account; even if you already have an account you can learn how to make the best use of it.

Get a Job Already!

Do you have a resume that looks like you typed it one-handed and blind-folded on a typewriter in 1986? Worse yet, do you not have a resume at all and you're on the job hunt?

Nowadays a resume is a must, whether you're looking for a contractor gig or applying to be the next CEO of Apple. Never fear, we’re here to help! The CTC’s resident job seeking experts have created a Resume Basics class designed to give you the know-how to create a sleek, professional resume that highlights your good sides and downplays your not-so-good sides.

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