Keeping up with the latest in technology can be a challenge. What can you do with that new tablet you purchased? Or with the latest smartphone? Where can I download an eBook from the library?
Schlow Centre Region Library offers patrons free tech help in a variety of ways. Patrons can attend one of the library’s Schlow Labs sessions that cover a specific topic or ask for a one-on-one class with one of Schlow’s librarians.
Each month, Schlow offers at least one Schlow Labs class. The next one is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16 in the Musser Room and will tackle the subject of photo storage solutions.
The class covers managing, storing and sharing your digital photo collections on Apple or Android devices.
The month of April features two Schlow Labs sessions. On April 6, the topic is iCloud and learning how to backup files, share photos and sync content across Apple devices. On April 20, patrons can receive “An Intro to G Suite.” Learn how to use Google Suite for you, your family and your small business. Both classes start at 10:30 a.m. in the Musser Room.
Schlow adult services librarian Mina Youn, who runs the Schlow Labs classes, says the topics for the classes are selected by examining what the community needs and current technology trends.
“The biggest questions we receive regarding portable devices are how to read eBooks with their devices and how to use the device effectively,” she said. “That’s why we’ve been offering eBook, photo storage solutions and Internet privacy classes. However, we try to introduce many useful apps and tools which people may not have known about, during the session.”
For individual help, patrons can contact the reference desk to set up an appointment to meet with a librarian who can help answer their tech questions.
“Schlow’s one-on-one tech help is a private session designed according to a patron’s needs,” Youn says. “It covers subjects from basic computer skills to specific computer software and apps. Whatever the patron needs to learn, we will create appropriate and personalized class content.”
Youn adds that as the State College community becomes more familiar with their tech gadgets, the library is thinking of expanding some of the programs offered.
“It seems the State College community has been successfully acclimated to the new digital technology environment,” she says, “so we are considering extending class repertoire to various areas such as art and music.” For information about Schlow Labs and other Schlow programs visit schlowlibrary.org.
David Pencek is communications director at Schlow Centre Region Library.