Much e-ink has been spilled--rightfully so--about the brave new world we live online. Targeted advertising, data breaches, the NSA; it’s easy to grow overwhelmed by the potential dangers of sharing personal information electronically. Practically everything we do on our phones and computers is tracked, often in an effort to sell us something or gain some upper hand (financially, politically, socially, etc.). Consequentially, there is now an unprecedented amount of detailed data about us that's ripe for the parsing.
It’s that time of year again (Halloween! Wait... I mean Christmas!). Time to update your gadget collection (or a loved one’s if that’s more your style). We’ve got a couple of classes coming up for those of you who are interested in brushing up on what type of tablets, smartphones, and gadgets are out there.
Which Gadget is Right for You? (Central Library, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16) – Come in with questions or just listen as we talk about the pros and cons of different eReaders, tablets, and smartphones.
Make sure to check out the "Which Gadget is Right for You?" classes at some of our branch locations:
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.
This last week brought terrific news: the Community Technology Center at the Denver Public Library was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Colorado State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services! The grant will fund the creation of what we’re calling the ideaLAB, a digital creation space just for teens.
The purpose of the ideaLAB is to provide a space where Denver youth have access to professional-level equipment and software, creating a positive, safe after-school space where teens can become producers of digital media. In the lab, you can create and record your own music; film, edit, and produce your own videos; make your own video games and distribute them online; create digital art and photo manipulations and print them out in color; create 3-D models for animation and games; and much more.
Do you enjoy taking iPhone footage of your cat chasing the laser pointer light around the living room? Perhaps you're a slightly more seasoned cinematographer looking to improve your understanding of lighting and audio. Either way, Denver Open Media's Video Field Production workshop is for you!
Join fellow video enthusiasts at the Central Library next Tuesday and learn the nitty gritty about cinematography, lighting and audio. This workshop focuses on the manual controls available through larger 3-chip DV cameras, such as the Sony PD170. Don't know what that is? Don't worry! Beginners are welcome too!
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.
Are you a job seeker? Have you wondered what KeyTrain is all about? Are you currently employed but looking for a new opportunity? Perhaps a KeyTrain session is just what you need!
If you're looking to increase your job skills and employability, KeyTrain sessions are a good place to start. KeyTrain is an online interactive learning tool used as a pretest and remedial tool to pass the WorkKeys CareerReady Colorado Certificate in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. This certificate shows employers that you've got what it takes to get the job done!
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
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.