Digital Literacy Programs & Creation Station Hours Week of March 28, 2016

Creation Station (Makerspace) Hours
Monday, March 28 & Wednesday, March 30: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, March 29 & Thursday, March 31: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Creation Station is our makerspace in the library. Come in and make something incredible. Makerspace projects that will be available to be created at the Southeast Steuben County Library include:

• 3 D Printer created projects*
• Computer created projects
• Sewing projects*
• Scanning projects (slides, photos & documents)
• Art projects*
• Scrapbooking projects*
• Drawing

All Patrons interested in using the Creation Station will be required to receive training before using the space. Projects that require training are only accessible upon staff availability.

*Some projects will require a small fee for materials.

Note: Creation Station hours will be changing as of April 1! The new hours will be posted to our blogs later this week.

Digital Photo Slideshow: Back in the 20th century families used to gather to watch images of birthdays and family vacations projected onto living room walls. Nowadays almost all of us use digital cameras, but family slideshows don’t have to be a thing of the past. Using Microsoft PowerPoint we can create exciting slideshows with added music, and even video, and they can be viewed on our TVs and shared in a variety of ways, including online. Please bring a flash drive or CD with your photographs. We encourage you to bring your own laptop if you have Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer, otherwise we are happy to provide laptops for everyone. To register for this program call the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502. You can also register by sending an email to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Date/Time: Thursday, March 31, 2016, Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Programs On Deck for Next Week:

The Online Library: In the 21st Century a public library offers more than onsite access to books, DVDs and the Internet. Today public libraries offer patrons access to digital books, audiobooks, videos, magazines, interactive learning materials and special research resources 24/7 via computers, tablets and smartphones. This program will offer an overview of the digital library materials SSCL patrons can checkout and access from wherever they are at any time of the day or night. To register for this program call the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502. You can also register by sending an email to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p. m.

Also Available:

Free Digital Literacy Appointments: If you need help in learning how to use a computer, tablet, e-reader or smartphone, or, if you want to learn how to use the equipment in our makerspace, Creation Station, you can make an appointment with a member of our Digital Literacy Services staff at a time that is convenient for you and we’ll show you the basic operating ropes!

To make a free technology appointment, call the library at 607-936-3713 x 502 or send an email to us at the following address: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

All library programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Personal Technology Programs: March 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016; Time: 10:00 a. m. – 12:00 p. m.
Microsoft Word Basics: This program will offer attendees and overview of how to use Microsoft Word. We’ll focus on how to type text, how to change the color and size of text, how to save Word documents and more. To register for this program call the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502. You can also register by sending an email to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Saturday, March 12, 2016; Time: 2:00 p. m. – 3:30 p. m.
Color Yourself Happy: Adult Coloring Program
Drop into the Creation Station between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm to relieve a little built up stress with our Stress Relief Adult Coloring program! We will provide a variety of stress relieving coloring pages to choose from!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016; Time 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Tablet & Technology Basics @ Corning Senior Center
We’ve just launched a bi-monthly series of tablet and personal technology basics at the Corning Senior Center. Bring your tablet and your technology questions or try out one of our tablets. Questions are welcomed! This series is co-hosted by SSCL Digital Literacy Staff and the Corning Senior Center. To register for this class call the Senior Center at: 607-962-8000.

Friday, March 18, 2016; 3:30 – 5:00 p. m.
Teen Tech Friday: WIKIPEDIA
You’ve used Wikipedia, now learn to edit Wikipedia! Take a look behind the scenes of this powerful resource and learn how it became one of the most popular websites in the world. Rakow Research Librarian and Wikipedian Rebecca Hopman will be our guide for this virtual journey. Registration is required. Register in person or by phone: (607) 936-3713 ext. 503.

Thursday, March 31, 2016; Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Digital Photo Slideshow
Back in the 20th century families used to gather to watch images of birthdays and family vacations projected onto living room walls. Nowadays almost all of us use digital cameras, but family slideshows don’t have to be a thing of the past. Using Microsoft PowerPoint we can create exciting slideshows with added music, and even video, and they can be viewed on our TVs and shared in a variety of ways, including online. Please bring a flash drive or CD with your photographs. We encourage you to bring your own laptop if you have Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer, otherwise we are happy to provide laptops for everyone. To register for this program call the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502. You can also register by sending an email to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Saturday, March 26, 2016, Time: 10:00 a. m. – 3:00 p. m.
3 D Printer Demo
Curious about what a 3 D Printer is and what it does? Drop by the Reference & Technology Desk one Saturday each month to see! We’ll have one of our 3 D Printers on display busily creating 3 D printed objects, we’ll offer information on our new Makerspace – Creation Station and we’ll even have a handful of 3 D Printed items to pass out that you can take and share with your friends (first come, first served!).

Also Available:

One-On-One Personal Technology Appointments:
You can make an appointment with a member of our staff as an individual or for 2-4 people to learn how to use a new computer, e-reader, tablet, smartphone, email, The Internet and more at a variety of times throughout each month. This is a free service the library offers! To make an appointment call: 607-936-3713.

And don’t forget our Makerspace is open!!!

Creation Station: The SSCL Makerspace is a place to go to create things! Creation Station features a 3 D Printer, creation software, a Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine, scanners that allow you to digitize photos, slides and documents, a binding machine, a laminating machine, a drawing kit, sewing machines, a sewing serger, a wide format printer and more – check it out! Patrons must be trained to use select equipment ask staff for details.

Creation Station Hours of Operation For March: Mondays & Wednesdays: 10:00 a. m. – 12:00 p. m.
& Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5:00 – 7:30 p. m.

Have a great March!

Linda, SSCL

Personal Technology (Digital Literacy) Programs @ The Library: August 2015

Here is a listing of our upcoming Personal Technology, AKA Digital Literacy, programs — for August 2015.

Also included on the list is a description of our new Makerspace, Creation Station, and its hours of operation for August.

Check it out!
Linda, SSCL

P.S. Feel free to print off and share copies of this flyer — just note it has been created to print on a legal size sheet of paper.

Here’s a photo of the flyer:

SSCL Digital Literacy Services Programs August 2015

And a link to a PDF version:

SSCL Digital Literacy Services Programs August 2015

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Southeast Steuben County Library Adult Services & Digital Literacy Programs Week of June 22, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2014:

Sticky Notes: a thematic book club: The first theme, for May 26th, will be “Beginnings.” Simply pick a book to read related to that theme in some way, fiction or non-fiction, any genre, then come tell the group about it – what it was about, what you liked, or didn’t like. Then we’ll vote on the next theme! Light refreshments served. For questions, call Michelle Wells at 607 936 3713 x 209 or email wellsm@stls.org

Sticky Notes is held the 4th Tuesday of the month @ 1 pm

3 D Printer Program: Jewelry: This program will include a brief 3 D Printer presentation and then attendees will modify select Jewelry templates from the Makerbot companion website Thingiverse to customize and print bracelets, necklaces & pendants.

Registration is required for this program. To register please call the library at 607-936-3713.

Note: Because the 3 D Printer Process takes a while – attendees will have to pick up their creations at a later date.

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015:

Exploring Excel Workshop: Join guest presenter DJ Dates; Assistant Professor in Computer & Information Science at Corning Community College and learn more about Microsoft Excel! This class will BUILD on the basics of Excel. Attendees will learn how to do Simple Functions, Loan Payment Function and Relative, Absolute & Mixed Cell Referencing. You will also create an Amortization Table and learn how to Link Data across Worksheets & Files!

Registration is required for this program. To register call the library at 607-936-3713.

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, June 25, 2015:

Computer Security & Privacy Workshop: Computer Science expert D. J. Dates will host this program. Workshop attendees will gain insight on how to safely travel around their computer and the Internet. D. J. will also discuss Encryption and Script Blocking!

Registration is required for this program. To register call the library at 607-936-3713.

Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Evening Book Talk: Emerging from the Shadows: The Needs of Older Women and The Benefits of Supporting Them by Dr. Ron Hofsess: (TLOW) Trust in the Lives of Older Women- Did you know that women do roughly 2/3 of the work in the world, paid and volunteer, done by people over 60 years of age? And yet, as they age, they lose their support network. What issues do they face and what can we do to help them? Come find out.

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Corning Area Writer’s Group: Inject some socialization into your solo writing time by join the library’s Adult Creative Writers Group for conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No sign up is required. This group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. On the third Thursday of the month the group meets in the library. On the other Thursdays the group meets at Soul Full Cup CoffeeHouse.

For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext 209 or email wellsm@stls.org.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 27, 2015:

Quarterly Crafting: Choose among the multitude of materials and projects to make something crafty. As always, there will be veggies, pizza and dessert as well as relaxed conversation. Come create with us

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Monday – Friday: One-On-One Sessions: One-On-One personal technology assistance sessions are available at the library at variety of times through the week by appointment.

If you’ve purchased a new laptop, e-reader, smartphone or tablet and have questions about how to use it – give our Digital Literacy Service staff a call and we’ll set up a time for you to come in and meet with one of our specialist to learn the usage ropes of your device.

And if you have questions about how to use the Internet, how to send email, how to Skype, how to use software including: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, iTunes or Windows Media Player likewise call us to make an appointment today.

One-On-One sessions are available for free! Just contact us in person at the library, by telephone at 607-936-3713 or by sending an email to us at: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Time: Appointments are available at a variety of times during library hours of operation. Call the library for the library for additional information.

All library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, SSC.

National Safety Board Wants Cars To Talk To Each Other, 3D Printing Ready To Go Mainstream & Cool Long Exposure Photo Gallery

National Safety Board Wants Cars To Talk To Each Other: The National Safety Board has just made a recommendation that all new cars be equipped with computer technology that allows them to talk to each other and thus avoid traffic accidents. This is in response to fatal school bus crashes that occurred in Florida and New Jersey in 2012. The technology to do this is already available and it is included in the newly emerging self-driving cars – like the Google driverless, aka self-driving, cars. I think this is a cool idea because most traffic accidents occur due to human error. Drivers get distracted by their cell phones, conversations with others in the car and an endless number of other things and then those drivers don’t drive a safely as they might and accidents can occur. Imagine a car that wouldn’t allow an accident to occur – ideally there wouldn’t be any injuries of fatalities involved in driving or riding in a car at least not due to human error – and that is a cool idea!

Here’s a link to a Boston Herald article on the subject titled “Technology for cars to talk to each other urged;”

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/2013/07/technology_for_cars_to_talk_to_each_other_urged
3D Printing Ready To Go Mainstream: I came across an interesting article on the subject of why 2014 will be the year that 3 D printing goes mainstream. It seems that a number of the patents on 3 D printing technology expire  next year which will result in a drastic drop in the price of basic 3 D printers so we should see affordable home 3 D printers in the very near future.

Here’s a link to the article which is titled “Why 3D printing is set to explode in 2014;”

http://www.impactlab.net/2013/07/23/why-3d-printing-is-set-to-explode-in-2014/
Cool Long Exposure Photo Gallery: On a final note for today here’s a link to a cool gallery of long exposure photos found on the Mashable website – this doesn’t really have anything to do with technology except perhaps for the fact that some of the cameras used in taking the photos may have been digital cameras – but the photos are cool! The photos feature a misty waterfall, a foggy almost gothic looking shoreline, fishing boat seen under a glorious starry night-time sky and a number of other cool things in the 13 photo gallery. Here’s the link:

http://mashable.com/2013/07/23/long-exposure-photos/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Photo Challenge Long Exposure. Mashable. Online. Accessed July 23, 2013. http://mashable.com/2013/07/23/long-exposure-photos/

Technology for cars to talk to each other urged. (2013, July 23). The Associated Press. Online. Accessed July 23, 2013. http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/2013/07/technology_for_cars_to_talk_to_each_other_urged

Impact Lab. Why 3D Printing Is Set To Explode in 2014. Online. Accessed July 23, 2013.

http://www.impactlab.net/2013/07/23/why-3d-printing-is-set-to-explode-in-2014/

 

E-Book News Parts 1 & 2 & Print A 3D Star Wars Stormtrooper Action Figure That Looks Like You!

E-Book News Part 1: E-Book Sales Up 44% In 2012 Over 2011: According to the Association of American Publishers & the Book Industry Study Group’s annual report ebook sales rose to comprise 20% of all books sold in 2012. And to give you an idea of why this is a big deal consider that e-book sales rose 44% in 2012 over the 2011 figures and made publishers $3.042 billion dollars in 2012. So we are quickly moving towards the tipping point where more U.S. consumers will read ebooks instead of print books and thus U.S. Publishing companies will make more money on ebook sales than on print book sales.

Here’s a link to a short paidContent article on the subject titled “Ebooks made 20% of the U.S. consumer book industry in 2012, up from 15% in 2011;”

http://paidcontent.org/2013/05/15/ebooks-made-up-20-of-the-u-s-consumer-book-industry-in-2012-up-from-15-in-2011/

And a link to a New York Times article on the same subject titled “E-Book Sales a Boon to Publishers in 2012:”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/business/media/e-book-sales-a-boon-to-publishers-in-2012.html

E-Book News Part 2: Department of Justice Deems Apple “Ringmaster” In E-Book Anti-Trust Suit: The U.S. Department of Justice has deemed Apple the “Ringmaster” in lawsuit it brought against Apple and five of the six largest publishers in the United States that are collectively known as “The Big Six.” The five publishers Simon & Schuster, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Penguin all settled the DOJ suit last year leaving Apple as the lone company fighting against the Department of Justice suit. Apple is now asserting, in response to the DOJ judgment that Apple was the ringleader that came up with the plain to collude with the previously mentioned Big Five, that it fact it was the Big Five publishers that came up with the collusion plan to fix e-book prices via an Agency Model. The anti-trust suit will go to trial in June and the outcome may have a great impact on how much publisher charge for e-books – we’ll have to wait and see how the DOJ rules to find out.

Here’s a link to a New York Times article on the suit titled “U.S. Now Paints Apple as ‘Ringmaster’ in Its Lawsuit on E-Book Price-Fixing;”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/technology/us-now-paints-apple-as-ringmaster-in-its-lawsuit-on-e-book-price-fixing.html?_r=0

Print A 3D Star Wars Stormtrooper Action Figure That Looks Like You! Disney, which recently purchased the rights to the Star Wars franchise is hosting a series of events titled “Star Wars Weekends” in May & June and as part of the Star Wars celebration is giving fans a chance to put their faces on a 3-D printed Star Wars action figure. The Stormtrooper figures are called “Star Wars D-Tech Me” and cost $99.95 plus shipping and sales tax per figure. So for $100 you can turn yourself into a Star Wars action figure!

And if you think $99.95 is rather a high price to pay for a cool personalized 3-D Star Wars action figure – not to worry! The cost of 3-D Printers is coming down and Staples will even begin to sell a 3D Printer in June so within just a few years you’ll no doubt be able to “print” a personalized Star Wars action figure at a home, office or public library near you for a much cheaper price.

Here’s a link to the short Mashable article, titled Turn Yourself Into a 3D-Printed Star Wars Stormtrooper,  on the personalized Star Wars Stormtrooper:

http://mashable.com/2013/05/15/3d-printed-star-wars-stormtrooper/

And don’t forget if you just bought, or received as a gift a new tablet, e-reader, PC or other tech item and would like to know more about how to use it — you can make an appointment at the library for a free On-On-One tech session and a member of our tech team will show you the digital ropes! Call the Reference Desk at: 607-936-3713 to make an appointment! Did I mention it is a free service the library offers? It is!

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Bosman, Julie. (2013, May 15). E-Book Sales a Boon to Publishers in 2012. New York Times. Online.

Hutchings, Emma. (2013, May 15). Turn Yourself Into a 3D-Printed Star Wars Stormtrooper. Mashable. Onlne.

Owen, Laura Hazard. (2013, May 15). Ebooks made up 20% of the US consumer book industry in 2012 up from 15% in 2011. paidContent. Online.

Wyatt, Edward. & Wingfield, Nick. (2013, May 14). U.S. Now Paints Apple as ‘Ringmaster’ in Its Lawsuite on E-Book Price-Fixing. New York Times. Online.

Want To Buy A 3 D Printer? Staples Will Have Them Soon! Nook HD Becomes A Real Tablet & More On Aereo

Want To Buy A 3 D Printer? Staples Will Have Them Soon! You’ve probably heard a bit about 3 D Printers and how they will transform the way we life when they become available. And that day is almost here! Staples spokesmen have announced that in June it will begin selling the Cube 3D Printer for $1,299!

And just as a refresher in case you’re thinking the term “3D Printer” sounds familiar but you can’t quite recall all the ins and outs about it…3 D Printers aren’t really printers but instead can be thought of as entry level replicators (for all the Star Trek fans out there!). The “printers” will create 3 dimensional objects based upon information users send a 3 D printer via a computer. So if you need a new cover or case for your iPhone or tablet – and you’d like a bright blue one you’ll be able to create one at home with your 3D Printer. If you want to create a chess set, a new shirt, new hat, new action figures for your grandchildren or colorful jewelry to go with that new outfit you just bought – you can use your 3 D Printer to create those items!

3 D Printing is cool technology and will be available at a Staples near you very soon!

Here’s a link to a Verge article, titled Staples becomes first major US retailor to sell 3D printers with $1,299 Cube, on the subject:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/3/4297612/staples-first-major-us-retailer-sell-3d-printers-cube-3d-printer

And if you’d like to know more about 3D Printers or the 3D Printing process this link will take you to the tech site Mashable were you can learn more:

http://mashable.com/category/3d-printing/

Nook HD Becomes A Real Tablet: Barnes & Noble has just made the Nook HD a real tablet! And by “real” I mean that the tablet will now have access to the Google Play Store and be able to run all Android apps in the store. This new functionality does make the Nook HD a real tablet because previously you could only run select Nook tablets on it – which means you didn’t have access to all the apps in the Play Store. But now if you have a Nook HD, or  you get one for Mother’s Day (B&N is running a big sale on them this week) you’ll have access to the entire Play Store and be able to install any apps in the store like for example the Amazon Instant Video app or the Amazon Kindle app! Yes it is true for the first time ever you can now read Amazon Kindle e-books on a Nook! And that is something you cannot do in reverse – you cannot read Nook e-books on a Kindle — at least not yet but Amazon isn’t one on its laurels so I bet we’ll see that functionality added to the Kindle Fire HD series in the near future.  

More On Aereo: I came across a cool article on the Aereo TV services this weekend that pretty much sums up my reaction to the outrage the traditional media companies and networks are expressing over the success of to this television service company.

Just as a refresher Aereo made its debut last year and what it does is to assign an antenna to each customer; and that antenna then records the free over the air video transmissions that major networks have always sent out over the airwaves for free for people so that people who don’t have cable television can receive those signals/videos via rabbit ears or some other type of antenna. It is legal for people to use antennas to receive and record television programs over the air for their own use and it has been twice ruled as being legal for Aereo to provide a service to customers by offering the same service – assigning one antenna and DVR for each customer and those customers can then access recorded content on any tech device they own at any time – smartphone, tablet, PC etc.

So having finished with the refresher section I have to say I agree with Nick Mokey the author of the Digital Trends article on Aereo titled “Aereo’s quasilegal TV streaming is just what we need to slap big media awake.”

I too think that established media, network and cable companies want to hold on to their traditional status quo and would rather everyone pay them for an expensive cable package then to be able to watch the television shows, movies and other content they broadcast whenever they want to on any Internet connecting device that they own. So those same media, network and cable companies are dragging their feet when it comes to providing consumers with access to television shows, movies and e-books on all their devices and on demand – they could do so — they have the ability to do so – they could create a CBS, ABC & NBC, Universal, MGM etc. video store with accompanying app that would allow consumers to buy al la carte content on demand directly from them at any time – they’d make money hand over foot just not via their traditional business models. So I definitely concur with Nick Mokey that Aereo’s success is a very good thing because just maybe those media, network and cable companies will start to innovate and get on the bandwagon of allowing easy 24/7/365 access to content that their customers and many others want. I know I’d be happy to pay for episodes of television series that I want to watch and if back catalog content were available through Network stores I’d be thrilled I might actually get to watch seasons 4 & 5 of Hill Street Blues again – you can stream and buy season 1 & 2 but forget about buying a DVD or streaming seasons 3-7 they are not currently available in either format.

And I’m getting off my soap-box now! Thanks for reading & have a great day!

Linda R.

Here’s the link to the Digital Trends article on Aereo:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/aereos-hellraising-is-just-what-we-needed-to-slap-tv-networks-awake/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Bohn, Dieter. (2013, May 3).Nook HD & HD+ get full Google Play support for Android apps. Online.

Mokey, Nick. (2013, May 2). Aereo’s quasilegal TV streaming is just what we need to slap big media awake. Online.

Welch, Christ. (2013, May 3). Staples becomes first major US retailer to sell 3D printers with $1,299 Cube. The Verge. Online.