Greenwich Library focuses on summer technology programs

Greenwich Library’s Technology Training Center has set dates for its summer programming, allowing patrons multiple opportunities to explore new technology.

All programs are free and open to the public, and designed in a way that will help all participants feel comfortable regardless of their level of familiarity

The Technology Training Center will offer six weeks of programs addressing Internet privary and security. The series will cover everything from controlling your online visibility to setting up the hardware to secure your home or office computer. The first training program, Managing Your Privacy Settings, will be held July 14 at 2 p.m. and will teach visitors how to manage the settings of their social media accounts to maintain their desired level of visibility. Training librarian Jasmine Posey will focus primarily on Facebook, but the basic steps can be applied to other social media platforms as well.

On July 16 at 11 a.m. MacInspires Director of Education Lance Pendleton will teach participants how to manage and remember the multiple usernames and passwords they use with their technology. The series continues July 28 at 2 p.m. with Privacy Controls for Home or Office Network, a program covering the different steps needed to secure a private computer network. Gary Krause of Compter Training, LLC. will lead the program which will cover security for modems, routers and firewalls as well as computers and mobile devices.

The focus of the security programs will shift to personal devices for an Aug. 6 program devoted specifically to setting up privacy controls on Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad. Mr. Pendleton will again be leading the program starting at 11 a.m. Later in the month, the training center will feature a series of four video lectures on Internet security offered through Coursera and delivered by Professor Charles Severance of the University of Michigan. Parts 1 and 2 of the series will be shown Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. while parts three and four will be screened a week later, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. Assistant training librarian Michele Martin will facilitate  the two sessions.

Regular training center programs include the Career Coach, a two-hour Microsoft Office 2007 workshop held on the second Wednesday of each month, sponsored by Southwestern CTWorks. Equipped with 10 PC work stations, the Career Coach Bus is set to hold two Excel training sessions July 9, a level 1 session being held at 10 a.m., and a level 2 session being held at 1 p.m. Seating is limited to the 10 work stations, and is assigned on a first come first serve basis. Sign-ups will be taken 30 minutes before the program at the West Putnam Avenue entrance of the library. On Aug. 13 the Career Coach will move onto PowerPoint levels 1 and 2, being offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.

Weekly Drop-in Computer Labs will continue throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., and on Thursdays at 3 p.m. Get assistance with email, online forms, social media, creating documents and more from Library Staff. Learn how to download e-books, audiobooks and magazines through Greenwich Library’s website. Get help on using your iPad, Kindle or other tablet or eReader. Bring your own laptop and devices (know your passwords and account names) or practice with ours.

For more information, visit Greenwichlibrary.org/TechnologyTrainingCenter.aspx or contact the Technology Training Center at [email protected] or call 203-625-6508.

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