Offload apps to quickly free up storage on your Apple device

Apple_logoIf you’re like me, automatic updates to your Apple device are appreciated.  It’s one less thing for me to have to remember or worry about.  However, it has become more of a chore for me because my device storage is always too full.  I then have to choose individual files to delete to make room for the latest upgrade, which is often very time-consuming.  There are more long term solutions such as deleting unused apps and uploading files that take up a large amount of space to a cloud storage service (i.e. photos, videos).  

Offloading your files is an option that I find extremely useful and saves me a lot of time.  It allows you to temporarily disable an app without deleting the settings.  They will remain on your device’s home screen, but you will need to tap to re-download in order to use it.  You can do this by going to your device’s storage list, tap the app you wish you offload, and select Offload App.



You can also set up the automatic removal of apps you don't use often. Simply go to Settings > General > Device Storage > Offload Unused Apps and tap Enable.


Libby 6.0

LibbyNotificationsIn May, the Libby App from OverDrive will be three years old and is already on Version 6.0. I was looking back at my TechBits post from May 2017 when the announcement came out. While it took about a year, I finally became an avid user of Libby for audiobooks and my husband reads ebooks (on his phone!) constantly.

In anticipation of her third birthday, Libby had a big update in December that includes push notifications. Libby users can opt to be notified when:

  • a hold becomes available
  • a loan is about to expire
  • a loan has expired

The notifications are device specific so if, like me, you and your partner or family share the same Libby account*, the notifications can be customized to each device. For example, I have mine set to mostly notify me by Menu Badges and a push notification when a hold is ready while my husband didn't want any notifications.

Libby's notifications will be helpful in the next big update - Hold Redelivery - which is coming sometime in early 2020. Hold Redelivery will help those patrons who place lots of holds that all come in at once by allowing them to suspend the hold even after it's made available to them. I'm looking forward to that change and I will let you know when it is available.

Happy Reading!

*Yes, my husband uses my library card in Libby :-)

Windows 10 Task View

For those of you using Windows 10 you may have noticed a new icon on the task bar.

Task view

This is the Task View icon. The Task View is a neat feature that, when pressed, shows the user every window they have open. Not only does it show you everything you have running currently but it also shows you files and programs that you have used in the recent past. Those of you familiar with the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut to quickly change between windows may find some utility in this feature.

The keyboard shortcut for this is Windows Key + Tab

Reminder: Update BadgerLink URLs

Do you link to NoveList, HeritageQuest, Auto Repair Source, or any other BadgerLink resource on your website? As of September 30th, all BadgerLink authenticated URLs changed. Redirects currently in place will no longer work after March 2020.


Any library or school that places these authenticated URLs on a website (or within a proxy, or in another SSO application such as OpenAthens) will need to edit the URLs no later than early March 2020 in order to continue providing users access outside of the BadgerLink website. Find current URLs on the BadgerLink Resource URLs Google sheet. You can find all the details in this Badger Bulletin:

SCLS updated the links on the SCLS "System-wide Resources" web page, but if you also have links on your library's website please make sure they're updated before March!

Intermittent WIfi?!

Love it or hate it, the internet has become an integral part of our daily lives. Not only do we need to be connected to the internet, we need to be mobile at the same time. Be it work, games, or just listening to music, WiFi is almost a necessity, and nothing is more bothersome than being in the middle of something and losing that connection.

There are a multitude of reasons why your connection can get interrupted, and a large number of them can be solved by restarting your router. Other factors may include interference from other devices or even the strength of your WiFi signal. The easiest way that I have found to detect these factors, is the use of a simple smartphone application called the Wifi analyzer. Through the use of a easy to read graph, you can walk around and see the exact strength of your wireless signal, as well as if there are any other signals that may be interfering with yours. By using this, or similar apps, it becomes easy to determine if it is poor coverage is causing you headache.

Read-Along Ebooks via Overdrive

As a picture book and audiobook enthusiast, I was thrilled to learn that Overdrive combines these with their read-along books. These are ebooks that are professionally narrated while highlighting the words being read. Here is one way to explore children's read-along ebooks for FREE!

Use the Advanced search to select:

  • Format = Overdrive Read-along
  • Availability = Available now
  • Audience = Juvenile


I like to sort the results page by popularity (global)


Select a book to borrow and login with your library credentials. From your loans, select Read now in browser, and then START NARRATION. (Be sure you are in full-screen mode.)

There is an option to slow down the narration which maybe helpful for children learning to read. For additional details, see:

What is a read-along ebook and how does it work?

What devices and browsers work with Overdrive Read?


Changing where your downloads are saved

Image by Darwin Laganzon from Pixabay

Many browsers are configured by default to download items to a "Downloads" folder, but what if you want your downloads to end up somewhere else?

Instead of having an extra step of moving the items from the Downloads folder to wherever you want them to go, it is possible to configure your browser to either 1) download them to a different location by default, or 2) ask you where to put each download.  Because I download items that need to go to many different locations, I've opted for the the 2nd option.

Here's how to adjust this setting in your browsers:


  1. In the Firefox "Options"
  2. Search for "download" in the search box at the top
  3. This should bring up a "Downloads" section where you can 1) specify exactly where you want to save files, or 2) have Firefox "Always ask you where to save files"



  1. In the Chrome "Settings"
  2. Search for "download" in the search box at the top
  3. This should bring up a "Downloads" section where you can 1) change the location where downloaded files are saved, or 2) have Firefox "Ask where to save each file before downloading"



  1. In the Chrome "Settings"
  2. Scroll down to the "Downloads" section
  3. You can 1) choose where to save downloads, or 2) have Edge "Ask me what to do with each download"


Default Programs on Windows 10 and 8.1 Staff PCs

This TechBits topic is a repeat of a previous Techbits.  We have had a few similar questions about default programs recently, so I thought it would be worthwhile to explain how default programs DefaultsXML work on staff computers.  We preconfigure default programs on staff computers so that when a user logs in for the first time, the user will not have to decide how web pages and common file types should open.  You can change your default programs, but you will need to delete a file for your changes to be permanent.  Navigate to C:\Installers\Setup and delete the defaults.xml file.  Now, your PC can reboot without your defaults resetting back to the defaults we configured.

Mobile workstation now available for loan

Ergotron Workfit-CSCLS has a new item to loan out to our libraries. We’ve acquired an Ergotron Workfit-C mobile workstation. The Ergotron Workfit-C is a height-adjustable desk on wheels that allows you to sit or stand while using it.

If you would like to try it out for a couple of weeks to see if this is something that would make your life a little easier or if your library is going through a remodeling project and you could use a portable workstation, fill out the request form and we will send it out to you.

If you’re interested in purchasing your own, feel free to reach out to me by leaving a comment or emailing me, and I can put you in touch with the vendor I worked with to acquire this workstation.

Easy screen shots in Firefox

The Wisconsin State Law Library had a great tech tip a few weeks back about taking easy screenshots in Firefox. I hadn't realized that Firefox had a built-in way to take screenshots of browser content, so this was great news! (and good timing, given our recent ILS migration)