Tuesday Tech Tips

Each Tuesday, the Niagara Falls Public Library publishes a helpful tech tip highlighting a computer tool or online resource relevant to library staff and patrons. Click on the name of a resource for a printable information sheet. (PDF format)

2/6/18 Duolingo
There are many language learning options available to computer users, including Rosetta Stone and Mango Languages. Duolingo is a free alternative available via computer web browser and mobile app.

1/30/18 RSS Readers
Keeping up with blogs and news outlets can be a timely task if you visit each website individually or rely on email subscriptions piling in your inbox. There are several options for using RSS Readers to simplify your reading. Two popular services are highlighted in the attached PDF.

1/23/18 Family Echo
Family Echo offers family history researchers a way to easily create a family tree online - for free.

1/16/18 Google Keep
If you find yourself carrying around scraps of paper with notes and to-do lists, Google Keep might be the tool to help you finally get organized. Google Keep allows you to access your lists and notes across devices, supports collaboration with team members and has an archive feature. 

1/9/18 Facebook Photo With Link Post
This week's Tech Tip shows how to change the automatic photo that posts on Facebook when you share a link.

12/26/2017 Grammarly
This week's Tech Tip explains how Grammarly can help computer users avoid errors in our writing.

12/19/2017 GCF Learnfree and Techboomers
This week's Tech Tip highlights two websites offering free tutorials covering computer skills, everyday life and professional development. 

12/12/2017 Net Neutrality
This week's Tech Tip is a compilation of resources related to net neutrality.

12/5/2017 Down for Everyone, Or Just Me?
Ever wonder if a website truly isn't working, or if something is wrong with your browser or connection? You can type or paste the questionable URL into the search bar on downforeveryoneorjustme.com and learn if the website is down for everyone!

11/28/2017 Native Land
As we approach the end National Native American Heritage Month, we are highlighting Native Land, a valuable tool for learning more about Native culture in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

11/21/2017 School and Job Closings Part 2
This week's Tech Tip serves as a follow-up to the October 31 tip (School and Job Closings). It is intended to provide a list of closing and weather resources useful for Nioga Library System staff and users traveling in the area of Orleans and Genessee counties

11/14/2017 - Google Photo
You want your colleagues to see your smiling face (or another image) when they communicate with you on Gmail, but have always felt confused or too busy to add a photo to your Google account. No more excuses! 

11/7/2017 - National Veteran's Foundation
This week's Tech Tip highlights the National Veteran's foundation website, a valuable lifeline for vets.

10/31/2017 - School and Job Closings
We may want to avoid it, but winter is coming! This week's Tech Tip highlights popular websites for checking school closings, road conditions and weather alerts. 

10/24/2017 - Online Learning and MOOCs
This week's Tech Tip is a guide to popular providers of massive online open courses (MOOCs), including Coursera and edx. The Tech Tip also highlights Webjunction, a website dedicated to the providing free education to library professionals.

10/17/2017 - Safe Kids Worldwide
This week's Tuesday Tech Tip highlights Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping caregivers and communities keep kids safe from preventable injuries. The organization's website offers safety tips, data sheets, recalls information and more.

10/10/2017 - National Geographic Maps
This week's Tuesday Tech Tip highlights National Geographic Maps' Topographic Quad PDF tool. This website offers users two easy-to-use options to find printable PDF versions of USGS 7.5 minute quads.  

10/3/2017 - Windows Snipping Tool
This week's Tuesday Tech Tip highlights Windows Snipping Tool. Snipping Tool offers users a way to create screenshots and clip portions of their screen. It is a vast improvement on the old Alt + PrintScrn method for obtaining images from a computer screen.

9/26/2017 - Common Sense Media
This week's Tuesday Tech Tip highlights Common Sense Media. This website hosts a database of movie, television, book and video game reviews and ratings aimed at helping parents, librarians and children choose age-appropriate media. 

9/19/2017 - Novelist Plus / Novelist K-8 Plus
This week's Tuesday Tech Tip highlights Novelist Plus and Novelist K-8 Plus. You will be ready to give book recommendations to any patron after learning to navigate this tool.