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From the class presented by Ann Schoenenberger and Pam Baker at Kenton County Public Library, February 8th on saving money and trees by managing your files digitally to reduce printing waste.

From the class presented by Ann Schoenenberger and Pam Baker at Kenton County Public Library, February 8th on saving money and trees by managing your files digitally to reduce printing waste.



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  • Welcome Pam and Ann
  • Saving digital files instead of printing AnnManaging digital files online AnnReading books and articles on your computer AnneReaders PamPrinting if you have to… AnnRecycling electronics Pam
  • AnnInstead of printing, you can simply save files and store them digitally. Often we print something because we want to save it. With the following tools you can save the information for as long as you need it. In some cases it is easier then sorting and filing pieces of paper. You can use search tools to find documents and use labeling/folder systems similar to your print documents. You need to be very conscious of file format and where your items are stored. In some cases you may have to migrate as computers and applications upgrade.
  • AnnOne tool for saving your digital documents is the flash drive. This is currently the device used for transporting and manually transferring digital documents. There have been a long list of similar devices: floppy discs, zip drives, CDs, and Dvds which are still in use. You can store gigabytes of data on the flash drive. The flash drive is meant to be short term. The other locations that you can use are external and internal hard drives. If a document is important to you. It is recommended that you make multiple copies and keep them in separate locations. Some people even keep more than two copies. You could have a copy on your hard drive and one on a external hard drive you keep at work. Another option that is now available is saving to the cloud. This means you can save your documents on a remote computer/server that you can access via the Web. Companies that provide data storage services implement duplication and backup procedures to keep your data safe.Video
  • There are tools you can use to save what you would usually print in digital form either to save for a long time, a short time, or just until you read it. CutePDF is a open source software you can download and use on your personal computer. When you download it, when you print, instead of sending the file to the printer it will create a PDF file of the document that you can save. You can then read the document in Adobe Reader which is a free program view PDFs. Ebooks are also saved as PDF files. The PDF file format is popular because it allows you to save a document and lock as if it were paper. PDFs allow you to edit and assign privilidges but that requires special software. The PDF/A format is used for archiving government and other documents.Wiki article
  • A simple way to save a webpage instead of printing is to simple select File and Save Page As or Save as. When you save a file on your computer you can then read it if you are not online. File formats for saving:Firefox Web Page Complete Web Page HTML [words only] .html Text file .txtExplorer Web archive [complete or single file] ,mht Web Page HTML [words only] .html Text file .txtTry saving files these ways and compare the what the documents look like when you open them when you are not online.Do you prefer one over the other? Do you like PDF format better?
  • So you are saving files on flash drives, your hard drive, and now you want to find a place to save them or access them maybe from multiple computers. Some of the ways are by uploading them with programs such as Google Docs or saving bookmarks that guide you back to websites and articles you want to remember. It’s always important that technology can’t organize information for you. It takes applying good habits to manage your files just like your work or personal papers.
  • PamDesktop search
  • Diigo and Delicious are two sites that allow you to save and label websites. You may have a list of “favorites” saved through your Firefox or Explorer browser. Diigo and Delicious allow you to save those websites on the cloud or remote server. It allows you to access them from any computer connected to the Internet. Diigo also allows you to highlight pages, archive websites, and collect all types of online information. VIDEO http://www.diigo.com/Keep in mind these sites are businesses and may change owners or decide to stop the service. Both sites require you to create an account which is free.I created a delicious account that you can access articles and websites referred to in today’s class. You can see it allows you to tag or apply subject headings to help you organize and find the bookmarks later.Use Internet Archive if your article or website disappears. You may also have to use library databases to access the archives of popular magazines and newspapers who only keep free content up for a certain period of time.
  • Free and sponsored by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Program allows web archiving and organization. It is used by professional librarians and archivists. Save searches, collections, and citations. Takes a little longer to learn but is very powerful. VIDEO http://www.zotero.org/
  • It takes practice and getting used to reading on the computer. It is more difficult for your eyes but there are tips for making it easier.Word and Adobe Reader have different views where you can control the page layout and text size. You can also use tips to avoid eyestrain. They are developing screens that mimic paper [they are not back lit] so the are easier on your eyes. E-inkIf you have a device with e-ink you should look for programs that allow you to read with those devices. For example, you can read PDF files on most eReaders.
  • In Word you can use view settings to set the document for full screen reading. It also gives you the option to adjust margins, page views, and text size. Play with these settings to find a way to read on screen that is easier for you.Example: history of KCPL in the 60s
  • Adobe Reader also let’s you adjust view settings.Example IRS 1040 instruction booklet
  • AnnAlso use e-ink
  • Ebooks are continuing to grow in popularity. You can download many free ebooks on to your computer to read and you can get a specific device called an ereader to read books and specified digital file types.Reading books on a computer is almost as popular as using a Kindle device so keep in mind you don’t have to get a ereader to read ebooks.
  • Pam
  • Get library ebooks from Overdrive and soon Netlibrary[read them on your computer or your device]
  • Adobe Digital Editions is how you read ebooks on your computer.Download for Overdrive and show free ebook from Learning Express [Vocabulary]

Going Green with your PC Going Green with your PC Presentation Transcript

  • Going Green with your PC
    Save money and trees.
  • Overview
    Saving digital files instead of printing
    Managing digital files online
    Reading books and articles on your computer
    Printing if you have to…
    Recycling electronics
  • Saving Digital
  • CutePDF Software
  • Saving a website as a file
  • Managing your digital files
  • Google Docs
  • Bookmarks
  • Zotero
  • Reading on your computer
    Reading books & articles on your computer
  • Reading in Word
  • Adobe Reader
  • Avoiding eyestrain
    • Take eye breaks
    • Blink often
    • Use artificial teardrops
    • Improve air quality
    • Practice relaxation
    • Massage your eyelids
    • Get appropriate eyewear
  • eBooks and eReaders
  • eBooks from Overdrive and NetLibrary
  • Adobe Digital Editions
  • If you have to print…
    If you have to print….
    • Lower the resolution
    • Print Grayscale
    • Print snippets
    • Change your font
    Century Gothic uses 30% less than Arial
    Also consider :Ecofont
    • Reduce font size
    • Preview
    • Print on both sides
    Tips to reduce wasteful printing
  • Energy Efficient Computers.
    Check out what manufacturers are doing to get serious about efficiency. Dell offers some good models, like their Studio Hybrid. http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfh/desktops/desktop-studio-hybrid/pd.aspx?refid=desktop-studio-hybrid&cs=22&s=dfh
    Try a laptop, less packaging required, and less material to produce the computer. Many laptops are shipped in a “messenger bag 100 % recyclable.
    Check out this website http://www.verdiem.com/edison.aspx this program is free and allows you to quick, easy, one-step setup to optimize your computer’s power usage.
    Finally-turn if off! Many people leave their systems running 24/7, burning enough energy to light a small city, give it a rest. If you put your computer on a power strip, make sure you turn off the power switch on the strip.
  • Computer recycling
    Recycling computers and electronics
  • Kentucky e-scrap
    Best Buy Recycling Program
    Local recycling programs