12 September 2018 - 7:58am | by Harsha Reddy

A person using voice search on a phone

The Internet has significantly expanded the amount of available reference information and has made searching for it more seamless. Librarians nowadays use their expertise to help patrons develop their searching skills and navigate the Internet so they can search for information more efficiently. In order to maximize their technology services to communities, libraries offer both formal and informal education for senior patrons. But most of all, patrons, especially older ones, can benefit from voice search.

11 September 2018 - 11:03am | by Jim Lynch

Library patron using Google Voice Typing

It's a fact. Interacting with our electronic devices by using our voices instead of typing has come of age. Voice recognition technology took a long time to mature, but it has arrived and is easy to use. Mouse and keyboard are still our primary input devices and probably will continue to be for quite a while, but speech recognition and voice input is available on nearly everything now. It's a great accessibility tool for patrons with physical disabilities. Here's a little how-to primer on one of the more universal free services: Google Voice Typing in Google Docs.

5 September 2018 - 6:03am | by Jim Lynch

A hand pulling a page out of a book

What's new in library tech! Library Tech Newsbytes is a collection of fun news items from pretty much anywhere we find them. We've been stepping up our game on Twitter (@TS4Libs) recently, so you may have seen one of these already, but never fear! Find some fresh library tech newsbytes below. We hope you enjoy our batch for this month!

13 August 2018 - 12:59pm | by Jim Lynch

A hand pulling a page out of a book

What's new in library tech? Library tech newsbytes is a collection of fun news items from pretty much anywhere we find them. For some reason, most of them this time come from the great state of Kansas. We hope you enjoy our batch for this month!

10 August 2018 - 12:51pm | by Julie Zeglen

Playing Pokémon Go at a library

Yes, Pokémon Go is still a thing. The augmented reality game for smartphones exploded in Summer 2016. And although its popularity has certainly dwindled, it still had 65 million active monthly users a year out and continues to prompt meetups in Philadelphia.

1 August 2018 - 2:08pm | by David Coen

A phone screen displaying a library of images

Today, almost everyone online has a sophisticated eye for up-to-date website layout and images. It can be a challenge for libraries with limited budgets to keep up. There are options for getting images at no cost, but it is essential to understand the copyright rules.

In this post, we feature an infographic on photography copyright laws compliments of Pikwizard. It tells you more about how to find and use safe and free images on your website and social media.

3 July 2018 - 10:06am | by Jim Lynch

A hand pulling a page out of a book

What's new in library tech! Library tech newsbytes is a collection of fun news items from pretty much anywhere we find them. We hope you enjoy our batch for this month!

29 June 2018 - 11:47am | by Frank Moraes

Kids learning computer-based skills at a library

The sort of life skills we are encouraged to acquire at an early age have varied through the ages. Today's young generation can consider coding to be a basic literacy requirement if they hope to enjoy a meaningful working career. Coding for Kids: How to Get Started is a free resource that is perfect for library STEM programming. It is aimed at giving librarians, parents, and teachers access to a wide range of information and external links that are useful for anyone interested in learning the basics of coding.

27 June 2018 - 10:23am | by Jim Lynch

A copier in a library

Patrons copy or print all kinds of things at the library. Many do not contain sensitive data, but some probably do: birth certificates, ID cards, medical records, or banking information. Modern digital copiers and multifunction printers have hard drives that store data about all the documents they copy, print, scan, or fax. There are things you can do to insure patron privacy in this little-known area of data security risk.