Category Archives: *Technology

Libraries Can Be Life Changing

Books and computerNational Library Week is this week – time to remind you about the gem you have in your midst. We provide an opportunity for anyone to access information (yes anyone, and that would be for free). With so much information available online, we recognize that it still isn’t available to everyone. So libraries such as yours are stepping in to make sure everyone can easily access information!  Learn how libraries open up information for all, and thereby changes lives.

Library Text Messages for Those on the Go

Text messaging

On the go? Be in the know with text messaging from your library.

Library texts are free – only your cell phone plan’s regular text messaging rates apply. Maybe you’re wondering, “What’s the big deal? What can I do by text?”

There’s so much you can do by library text! You can get reminders about HOLDS ready to be picked up; you can RENEW items due soon; and you’ll get OVERDUE alerts for items already overdue. You can manage your account, and even receive status reports on your items. Read on to find out how to get started! Continue reading Library Text Messages for Those on the Go

Be Anything! Learn with Lynda .com

Learn with Lynda .com and the LibraryLearn a new skill online, on your time. Use your library card to access 6,213 courses in business, technology and creative skills, taught by industry experts! is a premium online learning site. Users can even earn certificates that can be uploaded to LinkedIn.

Best news – the site is free to Lafayette Public Library users, and course offerings can also be found in the Library’s catalog.

Here’s how to learn with Lynda:
1. Log in using the Lafayette Library link*Please note: you cannot access premium content from the main homepage.
2. Create an Account or Log In: use your Library card number.

Need more details? Print or download our Quick Reference Guide.

Let’s get started! Let 2018 be the year you learn that skill!

Tech tip: get PC to recognize phone to download photos

androidHaving trouble getting your PC to recognize your Android phone so you can download your photos?  Here’s the secret.  When you connect the phone to the PC via the USB cable, the phone should automatically show the USB connection dialog, but the setting defaults to “USB charging”.  The USB setting on the phone needs to be set to file transfer (the actual name of the option depends on the Android version).   When the setting is set to file transfer, the phone will show up as a device in Windows Explorer on the PC so you can copy the photos from the phone to the PC.

-Contributed by volunteer computer coach Bonnie

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