TERRE HAUTE – New gadgets and holiday gifts go hand in hand. Its how to fully use those electronic devices that brings pause to some people.
Now, the Vigo County Public Library is offering a Bring Your Own Device class to help people fully use their new iPad, Kindle or Nook.
Some people just want to know, How do I set up my Kindle? and How do I download a book? from the librarys free service, Ashley Wadsworth, associate public training specialist, said.
The first class was Thursday, but the library is offering the BYOD class three more times this month.
A person does not have to be a member of the library to attend the class. The library offers free Wi-Fi for all electronic devices.
Wadsworth assisted Brittney Michaels, reference and special collections and archive manager at the library, with downloading a new software application to a library iPad. The application called Tango works like video chat software Skype or FaceTime but allows Michaels to leave a video message for a library patron. Tango works on both Apple and Android devices.
When the patron returns a call, Michaels can access a computer application using the iPad to visually demonstrate what to do on a computer, such as where to scroll down and what to click on, Wadsworth said.
We are using different technology and apps to improve services at the library, Michaels said.
We receive so many questions about e-book downloading through e-reference, or, What is the difference between an MP3 and a WMA file? I think (this class) is really helpful and we learn as professionals as questions are so diverse, Michaels said.
The program is part of a library pilot project, funded through a library science technology act grant, issued through the Indiana State Library. The Vigo County Public Library will provide a final report on the pilot project to the state library at the end of April.
The pilot project includes a roving reference that allows a librarian, using an iPad, to go to a patron where the patron is looking for a book and help with self-checkout demonstrations. The library will start its self-checkout service in late February or early March.
Another new program at the library is Tech Time for Tykes (and parents too!), which is aimed at children ages 3 to 5. Parents and caregivers accompany the children in a technology-based story time.
We will have a story with a theme and will incorporate some type of technology. In this session, they will use a computer and practice using a mouse, Wadsworth said.