Tech Tips: Computer Basics 101: The mouse

Diagram of a mouse

By Amy Hofmockel, Creative Technology Librarian Using a mouse seems simple, but did you know there are shortcuts built into many computer mice? In this post, you’ll discover the different parts of the mouse, how to use the mouse, and what the mouse can do. Anatomy of a computer mouse What do the buttons do? … Read more

Tech Tips: How to connect to a wireless network

Person using a laptop outside

By Amy Hofmockel, Creative Technology Librarian You may be in a cafe, out in Scoville Park, or at the library trying to access a public WiFi network, or connecting with a mobile WiFi hotspot that you have checked out from the library. But how do you know you are connecting to the right network? Using your laptop … Read more

Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #3): Troubleshooting common issues

T-Mobile Hotspot

By Amy Hofmockel, Creative Technology Librarian Having issues with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot you borrowed from the Oak Park Public Library? Sometimes you can have trouble despite having followed all the directions! Below, find some common issues other people have had and how to fix them. And check out the other posts in this three-part Tech … Read more

Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #2): How to use a mobile hotspot

T-Mobile Hotspot

By Amy Hofmockel, Creative Technology Librarian If you don’t have an internet connection at home you can borrow a mobile hotspot from the library! It will get you connected to the internet without incurring data charges. Need help getting your mobile hotspot set up? Follow the steps below and contact us with questions. And check out … Read more

Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #1): What is a mobile hotspot?

T-Mobile Hotspot

By Amy Hofmockel, Creative Technology Librarian Don’t have an internet connection at home? Want to use your mobile devices—smartphones, laptops, and more—on the go without incurring data charges? A mobile WiFi hotspot can be used to provide a strong, fast, and secure online connection for your mobile devices anywhere cellular services are available. So if your … Read more

Tech Tips: Navigating Google search results, spotting ads

Google Search

By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology Advertisements are all over the internet these days, and while some are helpful, some add clutter, and others can link to scams and websites that can’t be trusted. Ads also are present in Google searches; sometimes displaying above the results you want to see. Ad placement in search results can … Read more

Tech Tips: Getting started with LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning on laptop

By Digital Learning Coordinator Toni McGee In recent Tech Tip posts, we’ve shared Lynda.com video tutorials that provide you with step-by-step instructions on using different programs and online tools. And this week we have exciting news about this online learning platform: Lynda.com has been upgraded and rebranded as LinkedIn Learning! Lynda.com has been a part … Read more

Tech Tips: Refining your Google search using domain suffixes

Google suffix search

By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology Searching the internet for trustworthy information can feel exhausting at times. With seemingly endless results, it’s often tempting to just click on the first or second option. But is the first result the most useful or the most accurate? Maybe, but not necessarily.  One easy way to narrow the scope … Read more

Tech Tips: Cutting the cable cord

Remote pointing at TV

By Rose Barnes, Adult Digital Learning Librarian We’ve all been spending more time at home this year, and maybe during that time you’ve been watching more television. Maybe you’ve heard about a new show on a streaming service instead of cable. There are so many options for streaming nowadays and more people are opting out … Read more

Tech Tips: Google Drive basics

By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology Do you have a Gmail account? Gmail provides you with access to Google apps like Docs, Slides, and Drive. If you have used Docs and Slides before, you may have noticed that all of those files are stored in Google Drive. So what is Google Drive? Cloud-based storage: Files are autosaved … Read more