National Library Week - April 13 - 19

Technology

Learn about the latest technology news inside and outside the library.

Printing from Your Laptop on the Library’s Wireless Network

Image of PrinterThe library is pleased to announce the availability of a new service that allows users of the library’s wireless public Internet network to print from their own laptop computers to the public printers in the library. This service is available for users with Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP or Mac OS X on their portable computers. Please see the librarians at the Reference Desks for more information. Note: Access to this service is limited to computers connected to the wireless network within the library. 

 

Hold Notification by Text Message

Interested in getting a text message notifying you when your latest hold is available? You can now sign up for text message notification when you hold is ready to be picked up. Follow these instructions on how to sign up for the service. 




Online Reservations for Public Computers is now available

The option to make an online reservation for our public computers is now available again. This feature was unavailable as the library transitioned to a new time and print management system for our public computers. The new online reservation system allows you to place a reservation up to 7 days in advance for any of the following computers:

  • Adult Internet
  • Children's Internet
  • Adult Database

You will need a valid library card and PIN to place a reservation. You can also view existing reservations and cancel a reservation if you no longer need it. You can do all of those activities from the main reservation page

"Ask the Tech Guy" session rescheduled

The "Ask the Tech Guy" session scheduled for Saturday, November 9, has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 23. Please see the librarians at the Adult Reference desk if you have any questions about this program. 

Office 2010 Has Arrived!

Office 2010 LogoWe've completed the upgrade of our public computers to Office 2010. This version of Office includes all of the programs that were previously available on our public computers including:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Publisher

If you haven't used Office 2010, there are some changes to the user interface that may take some time and effort to learn. Our librarians are available to assist you with that transition. Or you can view some online guides to learn about those changes before you get started. 

Office 2010 - Coming Soon!

Office 2010 LogoIn the very near future, we'll be upgrading the version of Office on our public computers to Office 2010. This version of Office will include all of the programs that are currently available including:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Publisher

If you haven't used Office 2010, there are some changes to the user interface that may take some time and effort to learn. Our librarians will be available to assist you with that transition. Or you can view some online guides to learn about those changes before you get started. 

Technology Update - May 2013 - Google Chrome

Image of Google Chrome logoThe latest addition to our Public Internet computers is the Google Chrome browser. If you're not familiar with Chrome, it is an Internet browser developed by Google. By many counts, Chrome is now the most widely used browser, besting Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browsers. The reason that we've added Google Chrome to our Internet computers is in recognition of the reality that no single browser renders every web site 100% correctly. As we've probably all experienced, some web sites just don't look or work right in one browser but work fine in another. Because the Internet browser installed on our Public Internet computers is based on Internet Explorer, the library wanted to add an alternative browser that could be used if a web site or web page didn't load or work correctly in one browser. If you haven't used Google Chrome, you'll find that it has a streamlined interface that's focused on displaying web pages. Our librarians are available to assist you in getting up to speed on using Google Chrome on our public computers. 

New Computer Stations in the Children's Room

Image of AWE computersThanks to the generosity of our Friends, we have new game computers in the Children's Department.  There are two Early Literacy Stations from AWE (Advanced Workstations in Education), and two stations with specialized Internet browsers.

The Early Literacy Station (ELS) is a dynamic all-in-one digital learning solution for children ages 2-8. It is a self-contained unit requiring no Internet connection, so it is safe and secure. The educational titles are pre-loaded on the computer and are displayed using engaging graphics and intuitive menus.  But it's not just reading literacy that ELS promotes, but also proficiency in math, science & nature, social studies & geography, reading, phonics, and language arts, writing & computer skills, reference, and music & art.  Although, there are over 60 "games" loaded on the ELS computers, many of the games have more games within itself bringing the total up to 158.  Two ELS stations have replaced our old CD-ROM stations C & D.  The stations are first come, first serve.  They cannot be reserved.  Students may go on for up to an hour before being logged off.  No library card is required. Read more

Online Registration for Programs

Starting June 1, the Library has a new web-based system for our calendar of events. The new calendar allows you to

  • register for programs online
  • get email reminders of programs you've signed up for, and
  • cancel your registration if you are unable to attend a program

You can see how many spaces are available for programs and get automatically signed-up on a waiting list if a program is full. From the home page, select Events/Programs to access the new calendar of events. If you don't care to register yourself online, Library staff can still register you or cancel your registration over the phone or in person. (It will be easier and more streamlined for staff to use too!)

"Like" the Library on Facebook

Facebook iconDid you know the Library maintains a Facebook page? If you're a regular Facebook user, the Facebook page is where you can find information about library-related news, new services, upcoming events and service outages. It's also a place where you can interact with our library staff and fellow patrons. "Like" the library and keep in touch with what's happening at the Waterford Township Public Library