Items tagged with Technology

IBM Celebrates 100 Years of Business: Smart Libraries are Good Business

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IBM CentennialMark Loughridge, IBM Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, will give an overview of IBM's history over the last one hundred years. His talk will be followed by a panel which will explore the evolution of the community library in the 21st Century, including the impact of technology on books, media, events, people, and beyond. The panel will include Library Director Maxine Bleiweis, as well as IBM executives Jim Corgel and Nancy DeViney, and retired IBM executives Lucy Baney, Bill Grabe. Retired IBM executive Irving Wladawsky-Berger will moderate the panel.

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Talks & Readings, Technology

Trends in Technology: Learn to Skype

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video chat imageBill Derry, Assistant Director of the Library for Innovation and User Experience, will show how to setup and use Skype, that allows users to make video telephone calls to anyone, anywhere, over the Internet. 

Before coming to Westport Public Library, Derry has made significant contributions to the library media field on the local, state, and national levels as the Library Media Specialist at Greens Farms Elementary School and then as Coordinator of Information and Technology Literacy for the Westport School System.

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Technology

Library to be Pilot Site for New E-book Service

June 27, 2011

Westport Public Library is one of 10 sites selected by Library Ideas, LLC to inaugurate Freading, a system for checking out e-books, to begin later this year. The system is based on its popular and successful system for downloading music through libraries, called Freegal.   The announcement was made June 27 at the American Library Association (ALA) annual meeting  in New Orleans by Library Ideas co-founder, Brian Downing.

When Freading goes online, Downing said, it will offer 20,000 copyrighted titles from 16 publishers. The titles will use Adobe Digital Editions and will work on every major device except the Kindle.

With Freading, library patrons will be able to download books for a two-week loan with a two-week renewal option. The library is charged for each download, with the cost being related to the age of the book.  A library would establish a budget for downloads, just as is currently done for adding books to the shelves.

According to Westport Library Director, Maxine Bleiweis, the plan is to give Westport Library card holders access to a specific number of e-book downloads per week, similar to the way card holders can now download three music tracks a week with Freegal.  

Bleiweis added, “The attraction of Freading is the ability to have multiple users simultaneously check out the same book. That hasn’t been available before. It’s also attractive to have titles available that don’t need to be paid for until they are used, increasing the options for library users.”

Some of the other libraries involved in the pilot are: Orange County Public Library System (FL); the Free Library of Philadelphia (PA); Maricopa County Library District (AZ); and Los Gatos Public Library (CA). Westport is the only site in the tri-state region.


Tech Tuesdays in July

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e-readersBring your tech questions; we’ll supply the answers. Try out tablet PCs and e-readers. Learn how to download music or scan photos. 

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Technology

Trends in Technology: How to Reach a Young Customer Base

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Businesses use social media to interact with all their customers, but marketing to young people may be different. Michael J. Miller, senior vice-president for technology strategy at Ziff Brothers Investments; Mark Mathias, a 30+ year information technology executive; Jonathan Yarmis, a 25 year industry analyst with a focus on "disruptive technologies," which today includes social, mobile, cloud and big data; and Isaac Stein, a senior at Staples High School and the Web Editor-in-Chief of Inklings, Staples’ student newspaper, will talk about the ways companies are using technology to reach a customer base that gets almost all of its information from social media.

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Career, Technology

The Promise & Challenges of Cloud Computing: Myths and Truths

May 4, 2011
William McNee and Irving Wladawsky-Berger

William S. McNee, President and CEO of Saugatuck Technology, joins Irving Wladawsky-Berger, VP emeritus, IBM; consultant, IBM and Citigroup; Visiting Lecturer, MIT, discussed cloud computing, internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided on-demand, like electricity, on May 4, 2011.

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What’s Cool About Tablet PCs?

April 14, 2011
Mark Mathias and Michael Miller

Tablet PCs are all the rage. Michael J. Miller, senior vice-president for technology strategy at Ziff Brothers Investments,  and Mark Mathias, an information technology executive, talked about how tablet PCs — their use, differences, and new and upcoming modles, on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

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Tech Tuesdays—April 19 & 26, 2-4 pm

April 15, 2011

Two of the hottest consumer topics in technology right now are e-readers and tablet PCs. The choices in the field are multiplying almost as fast as the number of apps available for them. And opinions about what’s good, what works, and what could work better are even more numerous.

According to experts Michael J. Miller and Mark Mathias, who spoke on the topic at the Library on April 14, the bottom line is that for a device to be “good,” it has to meet the user’s needs.  Which means there is no one right answer; the choice is subjective.

It also means the user has to figure out what his or her needs are, which can be hard to do without actually trying the thing out and getting a feel for it side-by-side with a similar device. Is the priority use reading books, or periodicals, or blogs and websites, or doing something else from the long list of possibilities?

On Tuesdays April 19 and 26, from 2 to 4 pm at the Reference Desk, current and potential users can do hands-on comparisons and get questions answered by the Library’s tech staff. Learn how to download music and scan photos, too.

The podcast of the April 14 tablet PC presentation will be posted on the WPL Digital  page soon. Also coming up on May 4 at 7:30 pm  is a session on the Promise and Challenge of Cloud Computing.

In the meantime, catch up on what NY Times personal technology columnist David Pogue has to say about some of the latest tablet PCs.


The Promise & Challenges of Cloud Computing: Myths and Truths

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cloud computingWilliam S. McNee, President and CEO of Saugatuck Technology, joins Irving Wladawsky-Berger, VP emeritus, IBM; consultant, IBM and Citigroup; Visiting Lecturer, MIT, in a discussion of cloud computing, internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided on-demand, like electricity. How does it work? For whom and in what situation is it useful? What are the challenges?

The use of a Web services such as Flickr and Google Docs is an example of cloud computing to perform the functions that were traditionally done with software installed on an individual computer.
 

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Business/Technology Special: The Top 10 Deadly Data Disasters and How to Avoid Them

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Johannes Banck of Computer Systems Support & Design LLC talks about how businesses may protect the essential data. Problems to be discussed include hardware failure, power outages, corrupted files, and operator error.

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Career, Technology