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Exploring Chrome Extensions Volume 6: Wikiwand

    Are you someone that enjoys reading Wikipedia articles but are put off by the lackluster, sterile presentation? I just found this Chrome extension that adds a bit more flair to Wikipedia. It’s called Wikiwand.

Wikiwand changes the formatting for Wiki pages for enhanced readability and function. The part that I like most about this extension is that it makes the article’s table of contents fixed to the left side of the browser window. This way you can easily access contents no matter where you are in the article. I also enjoy the color scheme and enriched display of the article's pictures.

Check out Wikiwand here

Smartphone Firsts: including a holographic display

Move over Star Trek! Who knew that a smartphone with a glasses-free holographic display is slated to be released this fall?  The Red Hydrogen One is one such a phone: it will offer modular attachments for shooting videos, stills and holographic content. 


Each new trailblazing technology can make what we already have seem so mundane. In that vein, here’s a little smartphone history quiz.

Smartphone firsts:
a. What year was the 1st smartphone released? (Clue: It was called the IBM Simon Personal Communicator.)
b. What year was the 1st smartphone released that had a camera? (Clue: Both Nokia and Sanyo released them in the same year.)
c. What year was the 1st Apple iPhone released?
d. What year was the 1st 4V holographic phone released? (Clue: The Red Hydrogen One.)



Answers: a. 1994, b. 2002, c. 2007 and d. 2018

WORK DESTINATION - Where do your residents commute for work?

For grant applications, I was looking for data that showed where residents in our community commute for work. I live in Green County, but there are a lot more grant opportunities in Dane County so I set off to find data to answer this question:

How many New Glarus (Green County) residents work in Dane County?

It turns out that the Census Bureau provides this information via their OnTheMap tool: https://onthemap.ces.census.gov/. Here are 10 steps I used to find the answer:




  1. Enter Geographic Area (e.g. New Glarus).
  2. Select Type of Area (e.g. County Subdivision = New Glarus village (Green, WI)). For definitions of geographic areas, see the United States Census Bureau Geographic Areas Reference Manual: https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/garm.html
  3. Select Perform Analysis on Selection Area.
  4. Select Home/Work Area = “Home”.
  5. Select Analysis Type = “Destination” and select Destination Type = “County Subdivision". Be sure to check out the “Inflow/Outflow” analysis type too!
  6. Select Year (e.g. 2015).
  7. Select Job Type (e.g. Primary Jobs).
  8. Select GO!
  9. Select Number of Results = “All”.
  10. Select Detailed Report and export to your desired format.

I then repeated this search for the Town of New Glarus. Give it a try, and then check out some of the other Data Tools and Apps provided by the US Census Bureau: https://www.census.gov/data/data-tools.html.

(Solved) SCLS Help Desk Portal - Your connection is not secure when using Firefox

Here at SCLS we are working to make all of our sites secure by implementing SSL certificates.  This includes our beloved SCLS Help Desk Portal.  We secured the portal with a self-signed certificate.  This type of certificate is very common and all SCLS supported browsers can handle it except for Firefox.  The good news is that we have a fix for you.  Please see below!

Here is the portal in Google Chrome



Here's what you get when you go to the portal in Firefox:


Here is the fix!

  1. Click Advanced
  2. Click Add Exception...
  3. Click Confirm Security Exception
  4. Now you're back at the portal!

Google My Business

GoogleMyBusinessHow do people find information about your library? I bet you think a lot about what you put on your website, but have you thought about the accuracy of information when people try to look up your library from a mobile device and Google steps in with results?

I find that I often rely on the Google listing for a business, rather than navigating to the business' website and trying to find information there (especially for hours, address, directions, phone number, and reviews).

Google My Business is a free listing service created by Google in 2014, and your library most likely already has a GMB page. It's an excellent idea to 1) claim it if you haven't already, and 2) verify/update the information on it. Information that administrators can add/edit includes library hours, description of your library, map pin/location, URL, phone number, organization type, and photographs. The built-in analytics can give you a good idea of how patrons found the listing, and what actions they took (did they call you? did they click over to your website?).

This Computers In Libraries article, "How to Create a Google My Business Page" covers why and how to take control of your Google My Business page and is definitely worth a read! 

Classic Shell Ends Development

The Classic Shell Windows Start Menu is an invaluable tool for those who prefer newer releases of Windows to appear like Windows 7.  The developer, Ivo Beltchev, has discontinued development of Classic Shell due to Microsoft's aggressive Windows 10 update schedule.  When Microsoft releases major Spring/Fall updates for Windows 10, the Classic Shell software usually requires changes to its code to continue working.  The developer has made his source code available at SourceForge, but there is no guarantee the open source community will keep it functional.  This will affect SCLS-supported Windows 10 computers.  More information will appear on the SCLS Technology News blog soon.