Reviews and Blog Posts: Technology

Contribute to the ideaLAB's Indiegogo Campaign to Bring Technology to Denver Teens

panorama of the Denver Public Library's ideaLAB

In May of this year, we opened up the ideaLAB in the Central Library's Community Technology Center. It's a small room - only about 480 square feet - but it's already had a big impact.  Inside this free digital media lab for teens, we've helped young people from all over Denver learn Photoshop, record music, mod Minecraft, shoot video, and more. We've also already started running into our limits - but maybe you can help with that?

The Denver Public Library’s ideaLAB is a state-of-the-art digital media creation center where metro-area teens learn core STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts through creative expression. By engaging teens in the production of digital media, the ideaLAB assists youth in developing 21st century skills that will serve them both in school and in their future careers.

The big disconnect : protecting childhood and family relationships in the digital age

by Catherine Steiner-Adair

Reviewer Rating:
3

The book succeeded in proving my naivety of current tech trends and pitfalls with tweens and teens and the final two chapters are valuable for their practical suggestions.

On the disappointing side, I didn't feel like Steiner-Adair took advantage of her collected research by providing more discussion and explanation of specific...

Women's Open Lab

woman working on computer

Women of Denver, are you looking for a safe place to create? Connect? Work? Practice? Learn? Build? Collaborate? Discover?

Check out the Community Technology Center's weekly Women's Open Lab! We provide:

Internet access, Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and highly skilled staff available to assist with:
   - Resume writing & job searching
   - Basic computer skills
   - Email
   - Internet searching
   - Social networking

August means Business at the CTC

If you're in business, by which I mean there’s anything you promote, sell or raise awareness about something, be it a product, an event, an idea or an organization, you should probably plan on being at the library a lot next month.

We might as well dub August “Business Month” at the Community Technology Center because we’ve got a whole slew of classes where you’ll learn mad business skills, some about crafting a strategy and learning concrete techniques for successfully marketing yourself online (Marketing with Social Media, Facebook: Business Pages), some about building and running your own free blog or website (Wordpress), some about analyzing the data you capture to put it to work for you.   For your learning pleasure:

Continuum. Season one

For those of you who watch Sci-Fi purely for the tech, you won't be disappointed. This is an interesting take on time travel and associated quandaries as well as a discussion about the extreme conclusion of privatization and how tech changes the way that we think. The stories take place...

DO THIS NOW! Protect your phone from loss or theft (and lots of other stuff too).

Last week my phone and I parted ways. I had it in my pocket as I walked around the library, and it must have fallen out, because all of a sudden I couldn’t find it anymore though I looked thoroughly. Someone must have picked it up and pocketed it, opting out of turning it into the lost and found, because soon enough they started posting to my Facebook account.

Here’s the thing-this was a brand new cutting edge phone (the Galaxy Note II) chock full of every manner of apps to amuse and enlighten me, and as they say, there’s an app for everything. One of my apps could have been a security app that would allow me to locate and retrieve my phone from the lucky thieves who happened upon it. But in all my technological wisdom, I had not activated a single app that could help me recover my phone. And so I never got it back.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore

by Robin Sloan

Reviewer Rating:
4

“What do you seek in these shelves?”

Why is the Internet Slow? And What's the Library Doing About It?

Bandwidth Explosion

If you use the Library's public computers, you know that we have experienced a decrease in Internet connection speed. There are a number of reasons for this, several of which have been addressed. And we have isolated the cause of what we hope is the last remaining issue. The good news is that the Library now has a dedicated segment of the City and County of Denver's Internet connection.

This means we aren't competing for bandwidth with other City agencies, and our heavy Internet traffic (we have over 1,500 computers) is not interfering with the Sheriff, Courts or other agencies. The bad news is that this shift has yet to improve the connection speeds at our public computers and this is due to the way we currently filter the Internet. What is not news is that Internet traffic is growing exponentially worldwide.

Wow! Zoom! Sweep! with Prezi Presentations

Do you know what a Prezi presentation is? It's ok, neither did I a few months ago. It's kind of a new thing. I'd even wager to say it's The New Thing as far as presentations are concerned.

Prezi is a free cloud-based program that allows users to create moving (literally) presentations by zooming in, out and around visual objects, whether they're images or power words. Think of it like this: Prezi is to Powerpoint as a landline phone is to an iPhone. There are advantages to both, but Prezi has a lot more bells and whistles, capabilities and is all around a more impressive product.

On the Hunt for Ghosts, History, Crafts, and Bread!

SpiritPI

On the hunt for great adult cultural programs? Look no further than Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Meet the Ghost Hunters on Wednesday, October 10 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch! Denver's leading ghost hunters, Spirit Paranormal Investigations, will provide a fun and informative presentation about ghosts and the art of ghost hunting. SpiritPI will share spooky stories about what it's like to investigate the paranormal and demonstrate the tools they use to detect ghosts.

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