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IT Blurb #20 - Creating a Contact Group in Outlook

July 16 2021

Good day, everyone! This week's topic is another that has been requested by one of our member libraries: how to create a contact group in Outlook. These groups are very useful if you need to consistently send emails to multiple people at once without manually entering…

IT Blurb #19 - Headset Troubleshooting

June 25 2021

Happy Friday everyone! This week's blurb is a request from one of our member libraries, and will provide troubleshooting tips on how to get your headset working on Windows 10. Most types of headsets/headphones will work straight out of the box and require no additional…

IT Blurb #18 - Star Printers

June 11 2021

Happy Friday, everyone! I've noticed there has been a strange problem with some Star printers recently, where they are installed and present on the computer but aren't able to print. My best guess is that this is due to a Windows update. Today's blurb will provide…

IT Blurb #17 - Why You Should Delete Your Emails

May 28 2021

Happy Friday everyone! This week's blurb, like our last one, will be geared toward email functionality. Instead of the use of signature though, I will be talking about some of the benefits of regularly deleting and organizing emails. Many people today (myself included)…

IT Blurb #16 - How to Create an Email Signature

May 14 2021

Good morning, everyone! Today's blurb will be on the shorter side, but hopefully it will be useful just the same. I will be explaining how to create an email signature in Microsoft Outlook, as it is the most common email service used by our member libraries. Email…

IT Blurb #15 - Private Browsing

April 30 2021

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are all having an enjoyable day. Today‚Äôs blurb is about private browsing. While the function goes by different names depending on the browser (Private, InPrivate, Incognito), the base purpose remains the same: to not record…

IT Blurb #14 - When (and Why) to Replace Old Equipment

April 16 2021

Good morning and happy Friday! Spring seems to be in the air (hopefully this doesn't jinx it, fingers crossed!), and with it comes a chance to take inventory and evaluate what we no longer need and/or need to replace. Nothing lasts forever, and electronic equipment…

IT Blurb #13 - Battery Backups & Surge Protectors

April 2 2021

Good morning everyone! With all of the various power outages that have occurred in the last few days, I wanted to write something as a reminder to please use some form of battery backup or surge protector for your equipment, whether it's personal or work related. Battery…

IT Blurb #12 - Saving Information to Your Browser

March 19 2021

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope that you're all doing well this week. In an age where our information is as important as ever, and likewise as desirable as ever, we need to do all we can to protect it. In previous blurbs we have talked about different ways to keep your…

IT Blurb #11 - Adding & Removing Bookmarks

March 5 2021

Happy Friday everyone! We hope that you are staying safe and healthy. Bookmarks. Favourites. What are they, and how do you create them? These simple tools are incredibly useful for keeping track of and categorizing websites that are important to you or your work. The…

IT Blurb #10 - Clearing Your Cache

February 19 2021

Good morning everyone! This will be the first of a few blurbs that will be geared towards improving user experience in the Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers (the browsers supported by NLLS). Clearing your browser's cache can provide the following benefits:…

IT Blurb #9 - Backing Up Your Information

February 5 2021

Good morning, everyone! Like we mentioned in the last blurb, this one will be dedicated to tips and tricks related to backing up your information. First, some good reasons to back up your data: Storing your data somewhere that's disconnected from your computer greatly…

Skip the Wait!

January 28 2021

Hold lines for eBooks can get very long for new and popular titles, but here are a few tips to find materials with no hold line. Your library card gives you access to a vast world of entertainment and learning via eResources. Still, we understand that keeping up with…

IT Blurb #8 - Types of Storage Devices

January 22 2021

Happy Friday, everyone! In advance of our next blurb that will focus on how to backup your important data, this edition will talk about two of the most common types of storage devices, price and capacity ranges, and some pros and cons of each. USB sticks / Jump-drives:…

IT Blurb #7 - When to do Updates and Why?

January 8 2021

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope that your holidays were merry and welcome you to 2021. Most of us have had at least some time off for the holidays, and with the new year and return to work also comes new Windows updates. This edition of the blurb is going to focus…

IT Blurb #6 - Streaming vs. Downloading

December 11 2020

Good morning, everyone! This will be our last blurb for 2020, so we have decided to go with somewhat of a different topic than we have been the last couple of months. Many of us will be spending lots of time online this holiday season, so this blurb will cover some…

IT Blurb #5 - Phishing Pt. 2

November 27 2020

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you've all had a safe and happy week. Our last blurb introduced the concept of phishing. This week's will continue the theme with how to protect yourself from phishing emails and identity theft. Many of us are busy and receive great…

Available Anytime | Anywhere with a smartphone or tablet.

November 19 2020

Doing library things just got easier. TRACpac is now available as an app for both Android and iOS. What are its best features that will save you time? Browsing the carousels of books (carousels available are fiction and non-fiction bestsellers and one for children's…

IT Blurb #4 - Phishing

November 13 2020

Good morning, everyone! I hope this finds you all well. While quite similar in concept to fishing, phishing is a much more nefarious practice that attempts to use fake e-mails as the bait in order to acquire your private information or hard earned money. What is a…

IT Blurb #3 - Physical Security

October 30 2020

Happy (early) Halloween! This edition of the blurb is quite timely as it covers quite a scary topic for us IT folks: unsecured physical information! In addition to utilizing security software on your computer, it is similarly necessary to deploy physical security techniques…