Repeating Events in Google Calendar

If you have events that happen regularly, you can schedule them as a repeating event on your Google Calendar instead of making separate events for each. For example, the Collection Maintenance Subcommittee meets every other month on the second Wednesday, so this is the set up for that:

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There are various options for repeating an event including making a custom one like above. Here are the others:

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I have repeating events set up for a lot of tasks so that I don't forget to do them. This is especially good for things that only happen a handful of times a year, since I tend to forget those more easily.

I also have reminders to pay my student loans every month. (。╯︵╰。)

Have fun putting together repeating events! \(^▽^)/

How to search within multiple PDF files at once

We all know that we can search within a PDF file for any text that we want to find. But did you know that you can search within multiple PDF files at once? Well, I'm here to tell you that you can and here's how you do it.

1. Open Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

2. Click on the Edit menu at the top and select the "Advanced Search" option

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3. Click the radio button in front of "All PDF Documents in"

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4. Click on the dropdown menu to open it

5. Click on the "Browse for Location..." option

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6. Navigate to the folder where your PDF files live

7. Fill in the text box with what you want to search for

8. Click the Search button

9. If you get a Security Warning message click the "Allow" button

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10. You will then get a search window that tells you how many PDF files contain your search term and how many instances of it were found
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It had a dark blue cover...

MysteryBookHave you had a question from a patron that started something like this? It had a dark blue cover with a padlock and I think it was a thriller set in Kansas - any ideas for the title or author? I loved getting questions like this when I was on the reference desk - and I still get them from my family and friends. It's my way of solving mysteries (my favorite genre). Where would you start?

Through Badgerlink, libraries have access to NoveList which is a great place to start. If that doesn't work, where do you go next? I recently read this article from Atlas Obscura about a group of Reader Services librarians from New York Public Library who answer all sorts of these questions. Patrons have been leaving their questions on a blog post from 2017 and librarians answer many of them throughout the year. Since then, the librarians gather once a year for Title Quest (which sounds like so much fun!) and you can follow along on Twitter. Next year, I'm definitely following along - and maybe even helping to solve a few mysteries.

In addition, the Atlas Obscura article will lead you to quite a few more resources including a reddit thread called "What's That Book" and a Goodreads group called "What's the Name of That Book???" I love all of these threads and articles. What a great way to highlight Reader Services in our libraries.

Any ideas on the title of the book I started out with? Share your answer - or any other resources you use - in the comments. I'll update the post later this week with the answer.

P.S. I highly recommend following Atlas Obscura or getting their calendars or books. I have their page a day calendar and love it! I've added a few places to visit on our next trip to Sweden.

Pokémon GO: Do people still play that?

FriendsToday (September 26), a new event started in Pokémon GO. "Friends" are able to trade Pokémon for a reduced amount of stardust--more about that at the end of the article. 

I still play Pokémon GO, and it's better than ever. I'm not alone. According to Dave Thier in this recent article in Forbes, "Pokémon GO just had its best month since September of 2016"! I love this article because Mr. Thier emphasizes the "newer" social aspects of this game--namely the ability to have "Friends." 

But what does Pokémon GO have to do with libraries? The short answer is because many libraries have a PokéStop or Gym embedded into the game. I wrote about this back in 2016, and if you don't know if your library has one of these features, I encourage you to read the article

One of the things that friends can do in Pokémon GO is trade Pokémon. The catch is that you must meet up with friends in person, even if they are strangers. I've often thought that the library would be a great place to do this and may schedule some "trading meetups" at my local library. Starting today (September 26), there is an event that lasts through 1 pm on October that allows you to trade Pokémon for a reduced amount of "stardust." "Stardust" is something you earn, and this is a big deal. So, keep an eye out for people meeting up to trade!

 

Digital Bytes: MailChimp, scheduling Facebook posts

Ever wonder about using MailChimp for newsletters?  This recent Digital Byte video from Wisconsin Valley Library Service is all about MailChimp and how your library can use it for marketing efforts.

 

Jamie also posted a quick video about how to schedule posts for your library's Facebook page from your mobile device:

You can find all the WVLS Digital Bytes here: https://wvls.org/digital-bytes/

Is this email legit?

Spammers are always trying to trick you. They send emails crafted to look just like emails you might really expect to receive, and their goal is to convince you to do something like...

  • download/open an attachment containing a virus
  • click on a link which will take you somewhere that can infect your computer
  • click on a link which will take you to a page that looks legitimate and into which will enter your personal information into

Often these emails are very, very convincing. How can you tell if an email is legit? The Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information site has some excellent tips on how to recognize and avoid phishing scams.

Recently, a couple of staff received some very convincing messages that looked like they came from Microsoft about their Office 365 accounts. When they weren't sure if they could believe the message, they contacted the Help Desk (Smart move! We're always willing to help!)

It turned out these messages were indeed phishing attempts. They included a link to take action on the user's Office 365 account, but when you hovered over the link, it was clear the link was going somewhere other than Microsoft or Office 365!

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The takeaway? Be skeptical! Look at the details! When in doubt, call the Help Desk!

Want practice identifying phishing attempts?  https://www.phishingbox.com/phishing-iq-test

MedlinePlus for Librarians

MedlinePlusAnswering health related questions at the Information Desk can be a challenge. What sources do you go to? How do you know the source has quality, authoritative, and accurate content?

MedlinePlus is one of my go-to resources to share with library staff and I was pleased to see a new training tool In a recent Public Libraries & Healthy Communities newsletter from National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). It's an online on-demand course called MedlinePlus for Public Librarians. The class takes about an hour to complete and you can do it at your convenience.

The course gives a very thorough overview of Medline Plus including the sources used in MedlinePlus and their quality guidelines. NNLMSources are regularly checked and updated by National Library of Medicine librarians. In addition. the course covers the Health Topics and Drugs & Supplements areas along with many other features of the site. To make sure you're following along, the course includes periodic Knowledge Checks (or quizzes). I've completed two of the modules and have passed all the Knowledge Checks (so far).

To access the course, you'll need to create an account with some basic information. Once you receive an email with the link to set up your password, you can log in and get started. This is an great way to enhance your knowledge about health information and MedlinePlus and be able to confidently help your patron's with their health information needs.

 

 

 

The Honey Browser Extension

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Online shopping seems to be a time saver and money saver.  But can it truly be both?  I tend to search the site I'm ordering from and then search google to see if any coupon codes would apply to my order.  You can also try searching for codes at places like Coupons.com.  This can take away the ease and time-saving aspect of online shopping.

The Honey browser extension is FREE and makes online shopping both time and money-saving with a button called “Apply Coupons”.  A screen will pop-up automatically when you’re in the web sites checkout screen.  This button streamlines the process by searching for all working coupon codes for the site you’re on.

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In addition to applying the best coupon codes to your online orders, there is another feature I find useful called “Droplist”.  This allows you to select certain items and Honey will alert you via email when this item drops its price. 

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The Honey browser extension also includes a “Best Price” feature.  Amazon has this feature, but it isn’t always accurate.  Sometimes there are better deals from third-party sellers that are hidden in the “New and Used from” section.  Honey will take prime status, shipping cost, and the seller’s reputation into consideration to give you the best deal.

One feature I have heard about but have seen no return from is “Honey Gold”.  It's a program where you earn a very small amount of cashback on purchases that eventually will turn into money.  As far as I can tell you would need to use a separate cashback service like Ebate to get this to work.  For myself, it’s not yet worth it for me to try to redeem the Honey Gold I have earned. 

Unfortunately, there is not a mobile app yet.  I imagine this would be a difficult thing to create, but it is something I hope they work on in the future because I do like to use my phone apps for online shopping.  I’ll be keeping my eye out for that.  Happy shopping and happy saving!     

Disposable E-mail Services

I just wanted to quickly share about an online service that I have been using for quite some time and that is disposable e-mail.

What is disposable e-mail?

Well it is just that, a temporary e-mail address that can be used to receive e-mails.

What would this be used for?

I typically use it when I am required by a website to register just to simply access the site's content or post a comment. These are websites that I don't want sending a bunch of junk or spam to my actual email accounts.

Keep in mind that these accounts are throwaways. Do not use them for private, personal information or anything you would want to keep.  

Which sites offer disposable e-mail accounts?

A bunch. I have used https://temp-mail.org/en/ and https://generator.email/ with success. Generally just searching "fake email generator" will get you where you need to go.

Searching in Windows

Have you ever been looking for a particular Word doc...  modified last week... with a title that included "party"... and just not been able to remember where you saved it?

Enter Windows Search. Navigate to the directory or folder you'd like to look in, click in the "Search" box to the right of the address bar, and enter your search terms. For my example, I might enter *party*.docx (the asterisks are wildcards).

Search for *party*.docx

Then click on the Search menu, which will expand to show all sorts of helpful options you can use to narrow down the search for your file. From the search menu, I could set the "Date modified" to "Last week."

Search - Date modified: last week

A colleague recently pointed out a search option I hadn't paid much attention to in the past. We were working on a PC with a very full disk, and he suggested using the "Size" criteria to try to identify large files that could be deleted to free up space. Good idea!

Search - Size

 

You can find more Windows Search tips in this post: https://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-10/find-specific-files-in-windows-explorer-with-these-search-tips/