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January 15, 2015: Atomic Training!

Yes, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new technology out there!  And, because technology changes rapidly, it can be frustrating to have to learn new versions of favorite software.  Wilton Library has a solution for you:  Atomic Training.  This resource will help you become comfortable and proficient with applications of popular software.  Here's what Atomic Training has:

  • All the latest offerings — Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
  • Valuable job training — Improve job skills with in-depth training on Excel and Photoshop, or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging, and podcasting
  • Mobile training — Learn how to use mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad
  • Access anywhere — Watch videos at the library or remotely from home

This service is available to Wilton residents with valid Wilton Library Cards.  For more information, click here

~mary anne

January 14, 2015: Great Lifehacks!

First of all, what's a lifehack?  The word "hack" has many connotations, some bad and some good so here are some basic definitions.  Urban Dictionary defines "hack" as (1) "a clever solution to a tricky problem" (good); and (2) "to infiltrate, destroy, reconfigure, or violate any sort of computer program, website, etc. through use of coding" (bad).  The term "lifehack" is defined as "a tool or technique that makes some aspect of one's life easier or more efficient" (good).  This short YouTube video (10 Amazing & Life Changing Life Hacks) has some good advice but my personal favorite is the last one on reusing plastic bags.

~mary anne

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 13, 2015: Access Business News

newsbank.jpgHave you checked out Access Business News from NewsBank?  You can with your valid Wilton Library Card!  Click on Research on the navigation bar near the top of our homepage (www.wiltonlibrary.org).  Click on Databases and Web Links and then on Magazines/Newspapers (alternatively, go to www.wiltonlibrary.org/content/magazinesnewspapers.  Then, click on Access Business News (NewsBank).  This specialized collection contains current and archived content from the complete, full-text electronic editions of business and law journals, local and regional business news weeklies, newspapers and other news sources.  It extensively covers industries, markets, companies, executives, and products.  Publications include:

·        A.M. Best
·        American Banker
·        CNN Money
·        Crain’s New York Business
·        EDGAR Online
·        Fairfield County Business Journal
·        Investor’s Business Daily
·        The Kiplinger Letter
·        Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
·        Women’s Wear Daily

 If you have any questions, let me know at mamfranco@wiltonlibrary.org.

~mary anne

January 12, 2015: Wilton Bulletin Online!

wiltonbulletin.jpgDo you know that you can access the Wilton Bulletin Online with your valid Wilton Library Card?  Click on Research on the navigation bar near the top of our homepage (www.wiltonlibrary.org).  Click on Databases and Web Links and then on Magazines/Newspapers (alternatively, go to www.wiltonlibrary.org/content/magazinesnewspapers.  Then, click on Wilton Bulletin at the bottom of the page.  Full text coverage of each issue is posted within days of publication.  Searching through the entire database is easy!  This is a great way to keep up with local events from any place in the world (as long as you have an Internet connection).  If you have any questions, let me know at mamfranco@wiltonlibrary.org.

~mary anne

January 8, 2015: Check Out Consumer Reports

consumerreports.pngDo you know that Connecticut residents with current public library cards have access to Consumer Reports online for free?  Go to this page on our website:  http://www.wiltonlibrary.org/content/magazinesnewspapers.  Scroll down to Consumer Reports, enter your search terms in the search box and click Search.  

Alternatively, on our homepage (www.wiltonlibrary.org), click on Research and then on Databases and Web Links.  Click on Magazines/Newspapers and on the next page, scroll down to Consumers Reports.  Don't forget to bookmark that page in your browser for future use.

~mary anne

January 7, 2015: Driverless Cars?

According to Molly Wood of The New York Times, "No more dancing around it:  The major automakers now see a world of completely self-driving cars."  This article takes the future and brings it almost to the present.  There are predictions that we may see the introduction of "a completely autonomous vehicle--one that requires zero human intervention--within five years."  What does that really mean to us?  Will I be able to tell my car to go park itself?  Or, will we see major societal changes?  Will we no longer have to give up driving at a certain age due to diminished physical/driving skills?  Will disabled people be able to operate a car simply by voice commands?  Will first graders be put into driverless cars programmed with the address of their schools?  Check out this YouTube video of the Mercedes-Benz F015 driverless car of the future unveiled at CES 2015 in Las Vegas this week.  The world is an amazing, ever-changing place and I can't wait to see how this technology evolves.

~mary anne

January 6, 2015: Class Schedule for 2015!

computerwelcome.jpgIn yesterday's post, I said that one of my specific goals for 2015 is learning more about technology.  To that end and in response to popular demand, Wilton Library is bringing you lots of Technology Classes beginning in January 2015!  On our Technology Classes webpage, you will find classes in Microsoft Office products, Social Media, Downloadable Media (eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, streaming music and films).  We are also offering classes for those who received new computers, tablets, and/or Macs.  You will find Innovation Station Classes that include "Introduction to 3D Printing," "Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design," "Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders," "Coding with Khan for 7th and 8th Graders," "Electronic Tinkering for Teens," and more.  We are looking forward to both sharing our knowledge with you and learning from you! 

~mary anne

January 5, 2015: It's A New Year!

happynewyear_0.jpgEach new year brings hope of new possibilities, challenges to be met, and adventures to experience.  At this time, I am energized by endless opportunities to learn new skills, meet new people, and develop new points of view.  I still continue to work on my endless life struggles:  becoming more organized, more fit, more patient.  My specific goals this year include learning more about technology (yes, this is also fun for me!) and reading more.  I just started reading (listening to) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  It is a beautiful listen!  I also heard on the news today that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has decided to read a new book every other week.  His first choice is The End of Power by Moises Naim and you can find it at Wilton Library.  He will advise the world of his future choices on the Facebook page A Year of Books.  I will let you know what I am reading on Wilton Library’s Technology Blog (along with technology news, tips, and tricks).  On behalf of Wilton Library, best wishes for a happy, healthy, and joyous new year.  May you make it everything you want it to be.

~mary anne
Mary Anne Mendola Franco
Assistant Director, Technology and Training
Wilton Library Association, Inc.
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mamfranco@wiltonlibrary.org
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