KDL Blog ‘Research & Computer Tips’ Category

10 New Year’s Tech Resolutions

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Clean your machine
Perform electronic housekeeping regularly with a PC optimization program such as CCleaner, available both as a free download and a premium tool with more advanced features. Your computer will run faster and be more secure online. Find more info and download links at http://www.piriform.com

De-clutter your desktop
A clear desktop reduces distraction and improves productivity. Remove shortcuts, put files into folders organized in your Documents and delete unused icons. Then upload a new wallpaper for the desktop background.

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Whether it is your Windows OS, Java, Adobe or your anti-virus program, it is critical to keep each updated. Many programs can be configured to update automatically, but some will require manual installation depending on your settings. When in doubt as to the validity of that nagging message popping up on your desktop with an update reminder, use ya search engine to find the company offering the update and check their website for update news.

Install an anti-virus
Simply stated, no computer should go online without anti-virus protection — period. There are so many options ranging from free to affordable (considering the consequences). For comparative info on the major programs available, see the article from PC magazine: http://www.pcmag.com

Achieve zero in-box
Stay sane with an in-box that is empty. Impossible, you say? Not so. With determination and tips from Mashable you can achieve inbox nirvana: http://mashable.com

Delete old accounts
It’s hard to know how many online accounts and services each of us has created by now, but it’s probably somewhere in the neighborhood of “too many.” It would be great to cut the clutter by just deleting the ones you don’t use. But companies don’t make it easy, burying the account deactivation pages from view and requiring a litany of frustrating steps to get there. Check out this website for assistance: http://justdelete.me

Use a password manager
Keepass, a free password manager, can be installed locally on your computer to store passwords, generate new passwords and even easily transfer passwords via drag-n-drop. No more excuses to not use unique, strong and different passwords for each of your accounts.  http://keepass.info

Back it up
Computers don’t last forever, and we don’t realize that until our PC or laptop breaks and we lose some important data. To avoid that, make a habit out of backing up your hard drive manually, or using the many free back-up tools online: http://www.consumerreports.org

Install tracking devices on your gadgets
How often have you lost your keys, misplaced your phone or had your laptop swiped while your back was turned? With advances in GPS, Bluetooth and other technologies, more and more devices that help you find lost or misplaced items are coming to market. For a list of some of the more popular tracker-based solutions, go to http://www.pcmag.com

Disconnect
A Swedish study reported in Forbes Magazine concluded that “Regularly using a computer late at night is associated not only with sleep disorders but also with stress and depressive symptoms in both men and women.” So make the effort to turn your devices off and read a book! http://www.forbes.com

 


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Holiday Closing — New Year’s Day

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, January 1 for the New Year’s holiday. In addition, all branches will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve). We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, January 2. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year

 

 


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Holiday Closing — Christmas Eve & Day

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Kent District Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays Wednesday & Thursday December 24–25. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, December 26. For additional 2015 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

 

We appreciate your patronage and wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Happy Holidays


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Help for Job Seekers

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

job successWant to brush up on your job-hunting skills? We can help with a series of free Career Transitions Workshops occurring this winter. These classes are presented in partnership with Career Transitions Center West Michigan. Registration is required. Please call 616-784-2007 to register or click on the program titles below.

LinkedIn Boot Camp
Optimize your use of the professional networking website and develop your networking experience. Please bring your own laptop if possible.

Thursday, December 18, 6:00 PM, Gaines Twp. Branch
Thursday, January 15, 6:00 PM, Grandville Branch
Thursday, February 19,  6:00 PM, Plainfield Twp. Branch (CANCELLED)

Developing Your Personal Brand
Learn how to identify, develop and market your innate talents to best “sell what you do well,” whether it’s through verbal or written communications.

Wednesday, February 4, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Communicating Your Brand 
Learn how to best share your personal brand by focusing on elevator pitches, résumés and online profiles, with emphasis on aligning your message with your professional value in the marketplace.

Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Networking Strategies
A lot of getting connected to job opportunities is about who you know. Explore strategies and techniques needed to build and nurture effective relationships with contacts.

Wednesday, February 18, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch

Behavioral Interviewing
Create a positive and lasting impression. Learn essential techniques of how to ace interviews in today’s job market and how to negotiate terms of employment.

Wednesday, February 25, 6:00 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Winter 2014-2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our January classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Where’s My Stuff?
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. Kindle Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: Get Appy with Your iPad
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Internet Basics
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Online Research: Resources for Book Lovers
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Career Transitions Workshop: LinkedIn Boot Camp
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • January classes: Registration begins Monday, December 1 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, December 8 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • February classes: Registration begins Monday, January 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, January 12 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Shop Online, Help the Library

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Online Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

While you’re busily hunting for those Christmas shopping deals online, don’t forget that you can help KDL with each purchase. Just click on the icon below, or go to http://www.kdl.org/books_and_more/go/purchase_books, then use the links on that page to continue on to Amazon.com and Schuler Books & Music’s websites. By using the links on that page, a percentage of the cost of the purchases made during your shopping session will be returned to the library.

For additional shopping options, check out GoodSearch’s GoodShop program, which includes over 700 online stores. Just enter “Kent District Library” as your charity, then use their links to your favorite online shopping sites. A percentage of your purchases will go to the library.

GoodShop

These are just two of the ways KDL is creating additional revenue in order to continue providing quality library service to our customers. If you’re interesting in finding out how you can contribute to the library, please visit www.kdl.org/donate. We appreciate your support!


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Holiday Closing — Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Kent District Library will be closed Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 28. For additional holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving


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Late Opening Monday, December 1

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All Kent District Library branches with open hours will open at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 1 in order to allow our staff to attend professional development in the morning. While we regret any temporary inconvenience this may cause, KDL’s commitment to staff training is one of the reasons we are able to provide you with such great service!

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Winter 2014-15 KDL Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Winter 2014-15 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about winter programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Winter 2015 Kaleidoscope

 


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Yes, We’re Open!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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It’s another snow day for lots of kids in the area,
but KDL branches remain OPEN!
All programs will take place as scheduled.

Please drive carefully if you choose to visit us today.


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