Get ready to showcase your library's technology offerings during Teen Tech Week™. This year, TTW is March 8-14th and will be celebrated with a theme of "Libraries are for Making."
The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of digital media, especially the nonprint resources offered through libraries, such as e-books, e-readers, databases, audiobooks, and social media.
There are lots of ways your library can participate in Teen Tech Week: you can offer special programs or activities, or simply encourage teens and parents to come to the library and check out your tech resources.
Here are free toolkits to plan for TTW at your library:
We all want to save money, but getting freeware from free software vendors is a bad idea. Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, says there are NO SAFE freeware download sites.
No matter how tech-savvy you are or which antivirus you've installed, it's unwise to try your luck downloading freeware. Hidden bundled software could give your computer a "crapware" infection that plants browser hijackers to redirect your search engine, change your home page, put extra ads everywhere, and install a proxy to send all of your web browsing through it.
To show you how bad it can get, the How-To-Geek did an experiment by installing ten applications from a free software vendor's most popular downloads list. Here's the gory details on why freeware download sites are so dangerous:
If you receive an email that looks like it's from a trusted vendor asking you to confirm an order, or a package shipment message that looks like it's from UPS, USPS or FedEx, resist the urge to click any of its links. Even if the email contains a logo that looks official to you, it might be a copy or a screenshot of a company's logo taken from their webpage; it's easy to make an unauthorized copy of any logo.
If you weren't able to attend the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Annual Conference last month, or were there but missed a great-sounding presentation, you can still access presenters' handouts and resources.