Category Archives: Internet

Digital Literacy Training

Much more information has been posted about this:


Part of the National Broadband Plan was not only the increase in broadband adoption rates, but the creation of the Digital Literacy Corps. Libraries – in particular, public libraries – have been serving in this role for over a decade. The Federal Communications Commission, however, has now formalized it as part of the “Connect to Compete” project.

This is a non-profit initiative that includes both the public and private sectors. Companies like Best Buy and Microsoft are partners, as are libraries.

Chairman Genachowski’s proposal would enable thousands of more libraries to host in-person,
basic digital literacy training programs.

At least some of the resources to help libraries fulfill this vision will be from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, so keep watch!

[FCC Overview of Announcement]
[FCC Video of Announcement]


Who is the Top Bandwidth Consumer?

I’ll give you three guesses and the first two don’t count. 🙂

You got it — it’s NetFlix. If you said streaming media, I’d still give you credit.

In doing research for a Texas State Library workshop series earlier this year, I found statistics from the same company – Sandvine. Here’s what I found about 9 months ago:

  • Bittorrent – 35%
  • Netflix – 10%

On the chart, you can now see that Bittorrent is 17% and Netflix 24%. What a change a few months can make!

[from Yaho News]

Looking for some tutorials/information on the basics of using the computer or the Internet? has lists of resources both for patrons (Learn the Basics) as well as library staff who help patrons (Find Educator Tools).

In the Educator Tools area, you can limit by the skill you want to teach, the topic you want, or just search all the resources. Definitely a site to bookmark!

OED Adds New Words to 2011 Edition

More techy-type words are entering the new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Take a look:

  • LOL (laughing out loud; although it meant little old lady in the 1960s)
  • OMG (oh, my God; dating from 1917)
  • dot-bomb (a twist on the phrase “dot com”)

[from Wired]
[from Oxford English Dictionary]

YouTube Live

In addition to streaming hosted video, YouTube is starting to stream live events. They’ve created a page where you can find what live events are currently streaming and those on the horizon. For example, it looks like they’ll be streaming the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, as well as an Indian cricket match and Movie Math. As I look now, YouTube is live streaming 10 events, from a Paris fashion show to a live feed from the Vatican.

[from beSpacific]

HTML5 Logo

I don’t remember earlier versions of HTML having their own logos, but HTML5 is different. It is hoped to be a way to finally standardize the web pages we create and can be used on pages that are using parts of the standard.

One more thing to note — it is “HTML5,” not “HTML 5.” There is no space; it is a string.

[from W3C News]

Wikipedia Turns 10

On January 15th of this year, Wikipedia turned 10 years old!

First Bookless University Library

The University of Texas at San Antonio opened the Applied Engineering and Technology Library last fall. It is our nation’s first bookless university library. Take a look!

[from USTA Today]

Teach Parents Tech

A few Google staffers considered what their lives are like when they go home for the holidays. Basically, they do tech support for their friends and families . . . a lot!  🙂

Thinking that they could not be the only ones that do this, they created a set of videos on very basic topics — each running about a minute or less. Did I say basic? That’s exactly what I mean. Here are a few:

  • Copy & paste
  • Make text bigger or smaller
  • Upgrade your browser
  • Create an email signature
  • Attach a file to an email message

These are great videos that could easily be used in a library environment. Short, simple, and to the point! See what you think!

E-Rate Changes for 2011

Changes to the E-Rate program will go into effect as of January 3, 2011 and will be implemented in the July 2011-June 2012 year. The changes fall into 3 conceptual categories (from Federal Register):

  • Providing more flexibility to select and make available the most cost-effective broadband and other communications services;
    • Ability to lease dark or lit fiber from the most cost-effective provider;
    • Schools can now allow their communities to use E-rate-funded services outside of school hours;
    • Supports eligible services to the residential portion of schools that serve students with special circumstances;
    • Indexing the funding cap to inflation;
    • Seeking proposals for a limited pilot to establish best practices to support off-campus wireless for portable learning devices outside of regular school/library operating hours.
  • Simplifying and streamlining the E-rate application process;
    • Reduce administrative burden on applicants;
    • Remove technology plan requirement for priority one services;
    • Facilitate disposal and recycling of obsolete equipment that received E-rate support.
  • Improving safeguards against waste, fraud, and abuse.
    • Codify requirement that competitive bidding processes be fair and open.
    • Includes eligible services list for funding year 2011.

Much of this supports the priorities of the National Broadband Plan.

[from District Dispatch]