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Morning "Tech Talk" - Thursday

Technology is moving so fast! How can anyone be expected to keep up? Where can I go for help?

Most of our posts this week have been centered around either using technology or how technology will change in the future. Today, this post will focus on the human aspect of technology, namely you, our patron and community member. Where can you go to get the help you need to start using mobile devices, learn about the latest smartphone, download that fantastic "library app", or just have a one on one conversation with someone that can point you in the right direction? The answer may surprise you, and it's been around for  over 120 years...

The Emma S. Clark Memorial Library is about to begin a new platform of teaching and instruction that will focus on using  technology and mobility in today's world. "Teach Me Mobile" as the name suggests, will focus on doing just that, teaching you about all things mobile. Not all at once of course, that would be silly, but through continued offerings of instruction geared to what you need the most. For starters, we'll have demonstrations and discussions focused on mobile devices, how they differ from one another, and how you can make use of them. You'll now have the ability to learn about everything that may have stopped you from "going mobile". We'll be offering classes on all the latest mobile platforms and devices. From tablets and smartphones to the next generation of e-readers, the library will be your "go to place" for all your mobile instruction.  Have a question regarding what device to purchase? Call and make an appointment with our in-house technology manager to help make the choice a little easier. (I hear those tech guys like coffee, wink, wink) :)

One other item on the agenda for today's post is the newly updated Emma Mobile App. Did you know that the library offers a ground breaking mobile app? I say ground breaking, because it is just that, a mobile app that has broken new ground. It's as simple to use as Google, that's the way we designed it. Sure, you can do the expected things, like search the online catalog and look up information in our databases, but  what really sets this mobile app apart are the extended features. Using the library's mobile app you have the ability to scan the ISBN of a book and see if the library has it available for loan. You can be notified of items that have arrived at the library, card expiration and even emergency notifications during inclement or dangerous weather. One of the most impressive new features of Emma Mobile is the ability to display your digital library card. We understand that life can get busy, that you may leave the house without your wallet or your identification, but you'll never leave without your mobile device. With the simple touch of a button, you can display the digital version of your library card for scanning at our circulation desk. The mobile app is available for download by searching for "Emma Mobile" in the most popular app stores and marketplaces. 

Have an idea for a technology class? Call or email the library and we'll get it on the list.

Want to see what the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library has to offer? Call us at: 631-941-4080, email us at: reference@emmaclark.org or stop in at: 120 Main Street, Setauket, NY 11733. Have a smart device? Download our mobile app at:http://emmamobile.emmaclark.org or look for it in your app store or marketplace. 

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