Thanks! to all the folks who brought their talents to share, and to all the folks who turned out in droves to Make - Create - Share here at the Main Library! It was a fantastic success. If you missed it this year, no worries -- we'll be back...
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Library Computer Classes

posted: , by Samantha Soucy
tags: About the Library | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Seniors

Happy spring! As we welcome the warmer weather, the Public Computing staff would like to update you on upcoming courses for the season. Check out these classes in April, May, and beyond:

Basic Computing 1 alternating Wednesdays (next is 4/15), 5-6pm

Our introductory class is designed to be a supportive learning enviornment for patrons who are totally new to computers. This course covers the fundamental skills necessary to get a handle in the computing world, including identifying the basic parts of the computer and their most common functions.

Basic Computing 2 alternating Wednesdays (next is 4/22), 5-6pm

Are you beginning to familiarize yourself with computers, and ready to take your knowledge a little further? In this class, patrons will apply the skills learned in level one to creating word documents and navigating the Internet. Prerequisite: Basic Computing 1 or equivalent experience

Intro to Gmail Wednesdays 4/15 & 5/9, 3-4pm

Gmail is Google’s highly customizable and easily navigable email service. This class focuses on email basics and is intended for patrons who have not yet registered for an email address. Participants will be guided through creating accounts, and then we’ll cover the ins and outs of sending, reading, and attaching files to email messages. Prerequisite: Basic Computing 2 or equivalent experience

Online Job Searching Wednesdays 4/22 & 5/16, 3-4:30pm

Finding a new job is stressful enough, but as more and more employers are advertising job openings online, learning to use the Internet for your search can be overwhelming. The main goal of this course is to acquaint patrons with popular job search engines and introduce the tools necessary for a productive job hunt. We’ll also take a quick look at Optimal Resume, a résumé-building service available to PPL cardholders. Prerequisite: Basic Computing 2 or equivalent experience

One-on-One Tutoring Fridays 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30

Whether you’re struggling to master social media, have a question about downloading ebooks, or want help practicing some basic computer skills, our half-hour tutoring sessions might be the place to turn! If you have your own computer or tablet, feel free to bring it in; otherwise, we can work together on one of the library’s laptops.

All current computer classes at PPL are:

  • free and open the community
  • taught on laptops running Windows 7
  • stand-alone, one-time classes, though prerequisites may apply to some
  • limited to six people and require registration to guarantee a spot

To sign up for any of these classes or a tutoring session, call 871-1700 ext. 708 or stop by the Public Computing desk. We plan to expand our offerings in the near future, and are always glad to hear from you if there is something you’d like to see added to the list.

-Hazel


Guess the New Tool Coming to PPL!

posted: , by Samantha Soucy
tags: About the Library | Library Collections | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Science & Technology

In anticipation of the Library’s maker fair happening later this month, our staff have been hard at work getting together an arsenal of tools to unveil. While a few of them will stay complete surprises, we can’t contain our excitement over our newest tool. It is currently living in the IT department, getting polished and prepped so it can be wheeled out into the community on April 25th.

Here are a few clues about this new piece of our technology collection. Read the clues below to try and figure out what we’ll be introducing,

  • The ink for this machine is known as filament
  • The creation of a raft is a necessary step before your project really begins with this tool
  • The first commercially available model of this tool was called Cupcake
  • File format .STL is the most compatible format with this tool
  • Different tools vary slightly on the process for utilization, PPL’s new tool uses fused deposition modeling

If you think you correctly guessed the new tool using these facts, email: soucy@portlandpubliclibrary.org to verify, and then come to the maker fair on 4/25 to claim your prize!


PPL Names Sarah Campbell Next Executive Director

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News

Sarah_Campbell_headshotThe Portland Public Library announced today that Sarah I. Campbell has been selected by the Library’s Board of Trustees to serve as the Library’s new Executive Director, effective July 11, 2015. Ms. Campbell, who is currently PPL’s Associate Director, will succeed Stephen Podgajny, who announced in June 2014 his decision to retire after nine years of service as Executive Director.

“Sarah is a thoughtful and articulate leader whose passion for public libraries, and Portland Public Library in particular, is infectious,” said Eric Altholz, PPL’s Board President. “Sarah has a compelling vision for the future of the Library, and the Board is thrilled about this appointment.”

Selected after a nine-month national search, Ms. Campbell holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MLS from the University of Michigan’s School of Information. She has served as PPL’s Associate Director since April 2013, and prior to that served as PPL’s Department Head for Lending Services, Technical Services, and Systems for 12 years. Ms. Campbell was the founding Director of Library and Learning Resources at York County Technical College (now York County Community College) for 3 years before coming to PPL. She also worked at the University of New England in Biddeford in its College of Professional and Continuing Studies. Ms. Campbell currently serves on the NetworkMaine Council which manages MSLN, the internet service network for Maine’s schools and libraries, and serves as a delegate from the Americas Region on the OCLC Global Council which advises the largest non-profit library services cooperative in the world.

“Sarah is tremendously skilled at building partnerships, which is a critical focus at PPL,” said Beth Bordowitz, the PPL Trustee who chaired the search committee. “Her national status in the library field and her grasp of emerging trends will ensure that the Library will remain at the forefront of how to best serve patrons in an increasingly digitized world. She also brings a commitment and passion to traditional library services and to preserving critical parts of Portland’s history.”

“I am very excited to work with PPL’s talented staff to expand the Library’s forward-looking programs and services and its growing number of partnerships with authors, leaders, businesses, and other non-profits,” said Ms. Campbell. “We are dedicated to strengthening the community, to serving as a critical educational resource for our fellow citizens, and to telling Portland’s amazing story. Portland is on the move – and PPL is on the move with it.”

Ms. Campbell takes the helm as PPL prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday in 2017. Chartered in 1867, PPL is Maine’s oldest and largest public library system and is the most visited cultural institution in Maine, serving 675,000 visitors annually at four branch locations and a mobile library. PPL serves as the Southern Maine Area Research and Resource Center, providing critical services to numerous other Maine libraries and their patrons. The Library has been recognized nationally for service innovation and has recently been selected to host a visit from Shakespeare’s First Folio in 2016.

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