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Tech Savvy Librarians

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Are you overwhelmed by developments in technology and puzzled over how and whether any of this applies to your library? We’ll look at some of the top technology trends in the news and discuss whether and how some of these might pertain to your library in the short and long term.

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Tech Savvy Librarians

  1. 1. Tech Savvy Librarians • Suzanne Reymer • Montana State Library MLA 2019
  2. 2. Libraries as technology exploration centers • Coding classes • Robotics • Computer classes • Exposure to new technologies • Tech assistance
  3. 3. Virtual Reality
  4. 4. Nine Industries usingVR •Healthcare •Entertainment •Automotive •Advertising •Education •Tourism •Space •SkilledTrades •Military and Law Enforcement
  5. 5. PartialVR devices are available • Google cardboard – use with many smart phones and can be made from kits. Starts at $15 • Google DaydreamView – works with certain smart phones - $99 • Oculus Go – standalone – starts at $199 • Samsung also offers viewers
  6. 6. Augmented reality is already around you
  7. 7. Some apps to try • NYTimesVR –VR 360 – Use cardboard or other viewer • YouTubeVR • Google Lens – AR (integrated into Google Photos in iOS) • Civilisations AR • IKEA Place – AR iOS only • More info and resources at my PearlTrees page https://www.pearltrees.com/sreymer/ar-vr-mr/id22320722
  8. 8. Security & Privacy Issues
  9. 9. Do libraries have a role in educating the public about Internet security? Strong passwords Multi-factor authentication Software/firmware updates WiFi networks Social networks
  10. 10. Strong Passwords • Long with letters upper and lower case, numbers, symbols • Don’t use the same password on multiple accounts • Don’t share passwords • Don’t use easy to guess passwords – Password, 12345, family/pet names, easily discovered dates • Do use Password managers and • Two factor authentication
  11. 11. Password Managers • CNETThe Best Password Managers for 2019 https://www.cnet.com/news/the-best- password-managers-directory/ • PCMagThe Best Password Managers for 2019 https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/300 318/the-best-password-managers
  12. 12. Multi-Factor Authentication
  13. 13. UpdateThursday Software/Firmware Updates • Mobile Devices – phones, tablets • Computers • Routers!!! • IoT devices – smart speakers, thermostats, light switches, etc. • Anything that connects to the Internet
  14. 14. BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP! • Backup locally • Backup off-site • Backup in the cloud
  15. 15. PublicWiFi Networks are Insecure
  16. 16. Better security • VPNs –Virtual Private Networks • Mobile data • Https • Your own wired network • In libraries put public wifi on separate subnetwork • At home use a guest wifi network for IoT devices
  17. 17. Social Networks Who are your “friends”?
  18. 18. Who has access to your data?
  19. 19. Who do you trust with your data?
  20. 20. Google MapsTimeline
  21. 21. Surveillance society? http://www.pearltrees.com/sreymer/privacy- security/id24652812
  22. 22. Still to Come

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