Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:
- Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
The Emergence Broadband Benefit program hasn't officially opened yet but they are planning on opening the virtual doors before the end of the month. They did launch their new website yesterday (April 7th) https://getemergencybroadband.org/
The website has all the info on qualification, applications, and service providers.
Response to SALS' Satisfaction Survey
Tech After Lunch
As a result of the responses to the SALS' Satisfaction Survey I'd like to restart a series of workshops that we had begun just before the pandemic shut everything down.
Tech after lunch will be a bi-weekly hour long (shorter if possible) workshop with a focus on leveraging the tools that are available to you. I imagine it would look something like this:
- Intro or demo
- A project that attendees would work on to practice
- Discussion wrap up
You would signup for only the ones that were of interest to you. And there would be follow up sessions depending on how attendees progress.
Some ideas that have been mention to me over the last few months:
- Onedrive & Google Drive (Sharing documents, creating forms, embedding them on your website)
- CSS--cascading style sheets (styling your website)
- Heritage Quest
- How to use Libby
- Using ReadSquared for Early Literacy
- How to edit your videos
- Graphic Design
- Social Media
- Office 365 Tips and tricks (email, onedrive, calendar)
- Excel & Google Docs
- Regular Expressions
I would really like to know if there are specific topics that interest you:
SALS' Calendar of Events
There were many other requests that arose from the Satisfaction Survey and while we plan on addressing them I should point out a resource that you should check frequently, our calendar of events. https://salsblog.sals.edu/calendar/
The calendar can easily be found on the sals' website under the FOR MEMBERS & STAFF section. Here we try and post not only trainings but free webinars. For instance one topic that came up frequently in the Satisfaction Survey was Human Resources.
Did you know there is a HR Webinar on May 17th? You can find it on the calendar and register.
Best Reference 2020
I came across these resources in Library Journal:
For Your Content
Let's face it we have all been recording a lot of our screens. Descript is a video editor in your browser. The really cool piece to this software is the text editor. You can edit the words you've spoken. For instance let's imagine I said, "The Summer Reading Stats are Due April 6th." But what I really wanted to say was, "The Summer Reading Stats are due October 1st." Descript allows you to easily edit the changes. I will be trying this for my next video.
Smithsonian Open Access: https://www.si.edu/openaccess
Looking for free images? You can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to more than 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.
Are your patrons looking for other resources to find ebook or have they mentioned an internet site to you where they've been able to download ebooks and you cringe knowing full well most of these sites aren't safe. Send them to these sites:
Standard eBooks: https://standardebooks.org/
- There are plenty of sites where readers can find free electronic versions of books in the public domain, but few are as beautifully organized as this one—nor do they boast such lovely book covers. This resource cleans up typographical errors, offers a wealth of metadata for each title, and makes books available in a variety of formats.
Open Library: https://openlibrary.org/
- Users can check out and read library books, organized by subject heading such as “health & wellness,” “art instruction,” and “business & finance.” Open Library invites the public to donate books to be scanned and contribute metadata.
Little Sis. https://littlesis.org/
Part of the Public Accountability Initiative, an organization devoted to corporate and government accountability, this database makes clear the ways in which top organizations and individuals such as politicians, lobbyists, CEOs, and financiers are linked. Journalists, grassroots activists, watchdogs, and anyone concerned about corruption will find this a go-to resource.
Newspaper Navigator: https://news-navigator.labs.loc.gov/search
Though Chronicling America, the Library of Congress’s collection of 16 million newspaper pages, has a robust text search function, its visual content—photos, maps, comics, ads, cartoons, illustrations—isn’t quite as searchable. Enter Newspaper Navigator, a project that trained a machine learning model to identify visual content. Though the initiative is in its early stages, it will be a boon to historians, genealogists, journalists, and curious members of the general public.
Not Real News. apnews.com/hub/not-real-news
- To help in the increasingly difficult fight against misinformation, each week the Associated Press rounds up and sheds light on popular yet false stories that circulate. Librarians and patrons alike will find this a vital tool for fact-checking and an excellent resource to sharpen news literacy skills.
Fun and Interesting
Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction. sfdictionary.com
- A former editor at large at the Oxford English Dictionary, Jesse Sheidlower has produced the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction, the result of the crowdsourced Science Fiction Citation Project.
- This is worth exploring
- Replicant n. 1
- an artificial being in the form of a human or other creature; an android
- Introduced in, and chiefly associated with, the 1982 film Bladerunner. The 1968 book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, on which the film is based, uses the term android (or andy)
Curious about ebook checkouts be sure to visit the SALON Dashboard, where you can view a live stream of ebooks that are being checked out:
You'll also see up to the minute stats on how many ebooks have been downloaded for the day, month, and the entire year. Plus current holds for the same time-frames.
When Rivers Were Trails
When Rivers Were Trails is a 2D point-and-click adventure game in which Oregon Trail meets Where the Water Tastes Like Wine. An Anishinaabeg in the 1890’s is displaced from their traditional territory in Minnesota and heads west to California due to the impact of allotment acts on Indigenous communities, facing Indian Agents, meeting people from different nations, and hunting, fishing, and canoeing along the way as they balance their wellbeing.
WordPress 5.7 Update
The two updates you will most likely notice will be when working on Posts and Pages. It is now easier to update the font sizes in paragraphs and update image sizes and style.
Teens & Audiobooks
Audiobooks and Podcast are very popular with teens at the moment and many are using their Sora and Libby apps to download content on the go.
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+.
Running April 29 - August 4 2021, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks each week. Titles are all available worldwide and change every Thursday at midnight Eastern Time during the season.
- Titles are accessible in Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive.
- Sora is available in your browser at soraapp.com, or as an app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
- Each SYNC audiobook will be featured in Sora a window of 7 days.
- Titles are yours indefinitely once you “borrow” them during their 7-day availability window in Sora.
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