Tech-Talk – A Digital Library Resource

Tech-Talk is a weekly, technology-focused e-newsletter for professional development for non-techies.  It introduces fresh ideas … ways to use technology … to work more productively and communicate very effectively.  With a focus on productivity software from Microsoft Office and interpersonal communications, Tech-Talk doesn’t just tell people how to do things, it tells them why … and shows them new ways to make technology work for them.

Tech-Talk arms you with the missing technology (and communications) skills you need to get good grades, better jobs and higher pay. It is digital learning with easy-to-read articles, videos, and other fun stuff with the tips and tricks you need to be competitive in today’s hi-tech world. Some of the topics covered in Tech-Talk include:

There are three ways to access Tech-Talk. The database, the app, and the newsletter. You can access the information in the database and app at any time. Newsletters arrive with a new tip weekly.

The Database and App

The Tech Talk database can be accessed in a browser: https://www.tech-talk.com or using a mobile app (Apple and Android). To get the app, go to https://www.tech-talk.com/get-app.

Select “Member Login” and enter free-learning as both the user name and the password. This password can be saved.

Articles

To search or browse the database, click on “articles” in the menu. You can then search by keyword or topic, enter a problem to solve, or ask a new question if you haven’t found an article to meet your need. You can scroll down to browse articles in date order (newest first).

Learning Activities

In addition to articles, Tech Talk has tool kits, scavenger hunts for training, one-sheet reference guides, targeted problem-solving, webinars, CE certificates, and so much more. To see an index of all of them, click “Learning Activities” in the menu. Alternatively, hover over it and see a categorized sub-menu.

Search

The search page has the same search options we saw on the articles page, and it also includes titles of the latest 10 articles in each of 21 different categories for quick browsing.

The Newsletter

You can opt-in to the e-newsletter to receive a short weekly email with a productivity tip and a communication tip. Videos and text are both provided. To sign up for the newsletter, go to https://www.tech-talk.com/free-learning-newsletter and fill in the short form. Be sure to mention us as the “sponsor institution.”

Got Questions?

Need help finding or using the database? Installing the app? Subscribing to the newsletter? Ask us in the comments, call the library at 518-477-7476, or email us at eglibraryinfo@eglibrary.org.

New Event Calendar Is Live!

We’ve been working hard to configure a new calendar and room reservation software, and we’re really excited about it!  The new calendar went live today.  Here is a screen shot of the home page, which can be reached by going to http://events.eglibrary.org:

Navigation

Menu Bar

  • Home brings you back to the home page of our website, as does clicking our logo
  • Events calendar brings you to the view you see above.
  • Reserve a room leads to our online meeting room reservation system.  This can be used by patrons who want to request the use of one of our meeting rooms for their group.
  • Newsletter takes you to a page we have set up for viewing the current newsletter, subscribing to email news, linking to age-specific calendars, and subscribing to events using RSS.

Filters

On the left side of the page, you will see a number of options to limit the visible events.  You can select as many filters as you like, but note that a very limited search may return no results.  After selecting filters, click “apply” to see the abridged view.

  • Keyword allows you to search for any word in the event title or description.  Keep in mind that events not sponsored by the library cannot be viewed on the calendar.
  • Age limits to any age group you check.  If you are only interested in events for children, check the children box and click “apply.”
  • Program Type indicates the subject of the program.  If you would like to see all of the computer classes at the library, choose the “computers and technology” program type.  If you only want to see adult computer classes, make sure you also check “adult” in the age filter.
  • Room see all of the events in a particular room.

Upcoming and Month Views

Using the green buttons at the top of the page, you can switch between the monthly calendar view and the upcoming view.  Upcoming shows events in card format, starting with today’s events.

In the monthly view, you can skip ahead several months by clicking on the month name and using the date picker to advance to any month:

How Do I Register for an Event?

Click to see written instructions, instead.  Please note that if you do not provide an email address in your registration, you will not receive event reminders or be notified of event cancellations or wait list promotion.

How Do I Request a Room?

See page 2 of the written instructions if you’d prefer that over video.

What if I Registered/Reserved Using the Old Calendar?

Rest assured, our staff has been hard at work making sure all future events, registrations, and meeting room reservations are being transferred.  Please let us know if anything went awry in that process.

I Still Have Questions or Comments

Let us know in the comments below or call the library at 518-477-7476.  We look forward to your feedback!

New Events Calendar – Coming Soon!

On June 1st, the library will launch its new events calendar/room reservation system!  We’ve been working hard to find and configure a new calendar for our users that has all of the latest features.

Because switching calendars can be tricky, we decided to coordinate the launch with the beginning of the summer newsletter cycle.  Our newsletter came out earlier than usual because of the upcoming holiday, so some of you may be confused by the fact that many of the events we advertised do not appear on our calendar.  Fear not!  You will be able to register for events as soon as the new calendar goes live.  For those of you signing up for events that are available on our current calendar, our staff members will move your registration to the new calendar on launch day.

Stay tuned – we will be posting instructional videos and documents for using the new system the day before we launch.

Tips for Using the New Libby App from OverDrive

In case you missed it, OverDrive has released a more user-friendly app named Libby that can be used to consume the library’s downloadable e-books and audiobooks.  Recently, the folks at the OverDrive blog composed a handy tip sheet for getting the most out of Libby.  We hope you find these tips as useful as we did!  Do you have your own tips to share?  Let us know in the comments!

Library Software Upgrade Scheduled

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The Upper Hudson Library System has scheduled an upgrade of our library management software for 4:00 AM on Tuesday, April 19th.  The process should be completed long before the libraries open.  However, you may experience difficulty logging in to use remote library services (catalog, library account, OverDrive, etc.) during the upgrade.  Thank you for your patience.