Reviews and Blog Posts: Technology

The Library Started It All: Other Borrowing/Rental Services in Denver

Several months ago, library staff gathered information from you, our customers, to see what “nontraditional” items you might like to see the library circulate. While of course we will continue to offer books, music, and movies (both physically and digitally!), we heard many great ideas.

We also heard about many items that are already available to borrow or rent from other places in Denver--in some cases, even things that the library already has or does. We wanted to make sure to get the word out about some of these  services, programs, and classes. Here is a sampling:

You didn't read the Terms of Service, did you?

How many online accounts do you have? My list includes Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Instagram, Google, LinkedIn, Nextdoor, Ello, Flickr, Delicious, PearlTrees, Pinterest, Pandora, Amazon, Yelp, GroupOn, iTunes, Yelp, even Myspace...the list goes on and on. And for every one of those accounts, I agreed to the Terms of Service without reading them. If you’re like me (and be honest, who really reads the full terms of service?), that’s a problem.

How we got to now

by Steven Johnson

Reviewer Rating:
4

Based on his book by the same title, Steven Johnson's How We Got To Now is a fascinating look at how seemingly simple concepts such as clean water, marking time, and keeping things cold have led to huge leaps forward in technological/industrial/scientific advances, connecting past innovation to where we are...

Net Neutrality Party - Wait, What?!

A while back I wrote about net neutrality- what it is, why it’s important and what you can do to protect it.

I’m upping the ante a bit now- in case a blog post wasn’t enough to get you all fired up, we’re having a Net Neutrality Party! Wait what? A Net Neutrality Party? Back up Simone, and explain what good this will do and why such a dry theme might lend itself to an awesome all-ages library learn-and-make party.

Teach Yourself Tech!

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Can't make it to the Learn to Code Meetups in ideaLAB on Monday nights? Wish the library offered classes at midnight, or on Veteran's Day? Fuggedaboudit. We've got your back.

A Civilized Discourse on iPhone v. Android

Ok actually this is more of a rant than a discourse. I tried to be civilized but got all riled in the writing of it. Read on, though, read on- albeit ranty, it is fair and balanced in that I’ve given them both an equal shot at impressing me.

 

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La Tienda Garcia and How Computer Classes en Español Helped a Small Business Grow

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This is Juan Carlos Garcia. He owns a delightful little bodega just east of Franklin St. and Bruce Randolph called La Tienda Garcia. Walk into his store and the first thing you’ll notice is the divine smell of the fruits and vegetables on display in stacks — fresh plump apricots, bristling pineapples, fragrant melons, sweet yellow mangoes and of course, enough chile peppers, cilantro, tomatoes and onions to make salsa for a small army.

ideaLAB: Adult Swim

Introducing ideaLAB: adult swim!

Starting September 2, we’ll be kicking the kids out of the pool on Tuesday nights, and will be welcoming adults for the first time into our digital media open lab.

The lab is staffed and set up so you can start creating stuff in one or any of six program tracks: music, web design, art & design, game design, video, and electronics.

So come hang out, sign up to use our 3D printers or our recording studio, learn to program an Arduino, and learn to make some cool stuff.

Teens learning web development at the library: DevCamp wraps up!

Last Friday, we wrapped up DevCamp, a two-week crash course in web development for teens. Over six days, 24 teens learned the basics of HTML and CSS - with a bit of JavaScript sprinkled on top - and worked in teams to develop websites on topics they selected.

You can Excel!

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Have you been wanting to learn Excel?  The Central Library offers Excel Basics every month, followed by several modules at the same time the following weeks.

Start with the basics if you’ve never used Excel before, or if it’s been a while and you’re looking for a refresher. Then dive into modules to learn specific skills. You decide what’s right for you. The next series starts tomorrow!

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