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Remember when cell phones were as big as shoe boxes and home computers were a novelty? Now technology, including devices, apps, platforms, and peripherals, are an integral part of our lives. However, the benefits comes with a cost. The complexity of the devices, the mushrooming choices, the constant need for upgrades, and the increase in online criminal activity means library staff and customers need timely, accurate information. Fortunately, there are enterprises, nonprofit associations, publications, universities, and individuals that make it their business to track and report critical information. Breaking news, trends, product reviews, and alerts regarding consumer technology are at our fingertips. We’ve reviewed dozens of sites, made sure the links are working, and sorted them in some semblance of order.

Topics include evaluating sites, why discussion boards are your best source of DIY fixes, tech resources for libraries, evaluating open source software, why technology pundits are not 100% right, or wrong, and why it’s important to monitor technology news even if you are satisfied with your devices, software, apps, etc., and nothing is currently going wrong.

– More effectively keep track of alerts relating to malware, hacks, and online scams.
– Become familiar with sites that review and rank new devices and peripherals.
– Share concerns and solve problems with other technology users on consumer discussion sites.
– Evaluate new hardware, software, and apps using multiple sources.

Presenter: Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978 using e-mail, platforms, and now social media to serve clients across the United States (and the solar system) who she has never met face-to-face. She presents at state and national library conferences as well as working with libraries of all types from Alaska to Florida. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.