Friday, September 16, 2016

Back It Up! Then Backup the Back Up!

Last week I had the joy [sarcasm] of restoring not 1, not 2, but 3 staff computers to factory default settings. That means a complete wipe of the hard drive and a clean install of Windows Operating System.

Library the First: had an automatic back up to an external hard drive set up, yay! But something went wrong with the program and it hadn't backed up since February 2016. Yikes! This computer had the financials for the library on it! I spent most of my time trying to find a current backup of the financial files as Quickbooks wouldn't open to make a backup.
LESSON: Even with Automatic Backups setup, periodically check your backup to make sure it is working.

Library the Second: got a keystroker trojan that captured all the passwords (by recording keystrokes) and had hijacked her email. The Hacker had put a forwarder on the library email so nothing came to the inbox. To remove the virus, I had to make a clean install. Virus prevention post to come...
Before I could do anything, I had to backup the library files. There was no backup setup.
LESSON: Hope for the best, plan for the worst...back up your files!

Library the Third: This was a staff member at the home office! A coworker's laptop would not boot. Luckily she had noticed the computer was acting funky and had backed up her files the week before onto her external hard drive. I was able to push a new clean Windows 10 onto her laptop and get her set up in 2 hours.
LESSON: Pay attention to your computer. If he's acting funny, BACKUP!

So, here's the quick and dirty back up plan.
Get a DropBox account. Get on Google Drive. Save your files there.
Get a 64GB flash drive or a 1TB external HardDrive. Save your files there.
Save your files Twice. Once in My Documents on your computer and Once in a secondary location.

Look into these backup programs: GoodSync, SyncBack or Oops!Backup.

Carbonite will automatically backup your files to the cloud...for a fee.

File management and Backup is the computer user's responsibility. Please don't place this burden on your friendly IT. You need to know where your files are.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Why We Weed: Computer Books

So I was going through our professional collection today and I came across these jewels:
This is all but one of our computer books in the collection. They are all published in 2008 or earlier. And they are all woefully out of date.

Let's break them down:
FileMaker Pro 9: Database creator. Most databases are online and are created and stored there. If you need a database creator, most likely you will purchase a newer version of FileMaker pro than this 8+ year old version. I doubt this is even compatible for Windows 10.

Web Design from 1998-2000: Please, please, please don't design your new website to look like a 1998 website. We have come so far in 18 years!

MS Office XP: I know several libraries that still use there licenses for MS Office XP. However, for our professional collection, I think online tutorials would serve us better., for example has tutorials for MS Office 2003-to 365.

Computers and other IT (Information Technology) change so quickly, that printed, published materials have trouble keeping up. Nothing OLDER that 3 years should be kept on public shelves or in a professional collection. I recommend using online resources instead.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Why We Weed: Outrageous Lies!

Sometimes you come across a book that just rubs you the wrong way and you know that it must go!

"Too Many Kittens"?! What a load of crap!

In all seriousness, books like the above that are fraying around the edges, smell like an actual litter box and haven't checked out since 2009 can probably go.

So say farewell to this one from Helen Hoke along with many, many, many others.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Why We Weed: Computers edition

Libraries are excellent about doing more with less. We know how to be frugal and reuse, recycle, reduce! And thank goodness for donations from the community.

However, not all donations are appropriate to add to the library's collection. Medical books from 1980 for example, should be placed directly in the recycle bin.

The same can be said for outdated technology.

When weeding a book, it's easy to determine the condition. You just flip through the pages and look for tears, missing pages, water damage, smell.

Evaluating a computer or printer is not as easy. You have to plug it in and turn it on. And use it.

Is the computer used only as a last resort? Is it slow? Does it crash often? Can you have more than 1 program running at a time? How old is it?

I am giving you permission to discard your donated Windows98 machines.

Go ahead and say thanks but no thanks for dot matrix printers.

"But," I've had Librarians say, "this can be used for a children's computer. It has games like Magic School Bus." Played on CD-ROM or (gasp) possibly even floppy discs.
My answer:  If the computer is three times as old as the little kiddo you think will play on it, you're going to be disappointed. Sure it was cool to play on the first word processor typewriters, but I'm not going to seek one out today. Kids won't want to play the pixelated, slow, and dated games that play on WindowsME or 98. There are lots of great online sites and games that will hold their attention and suit their needs better.

So, here is a list of computers to weed:
Windows XP, WindowsME, Windows98 or older
Computer  that takes 10 to boot and another 10 to load
Dot Matrix Printers
Printers that constantly Jam.

And remember, having more computers isn't always better, if no one wants to use them. It is better to have 3 or 4 Windows 7 or Windows 10 computers that 8 outdated computers that site unused.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Why We Weed: Outdated Reference

Today I officially wrapped up the nightmare weeding project that was my juvenile fiction collection.

But as I was reminded today, my overall weeding is nowhere near complete.

Monday, August 15, 2016

BookGeek2 learns about Yoopers!

Mr. GookGeek2 and I went on our annual adventure to the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) this year.  We found the scenery delightful and the locals (a.k.a Yoopers) were just awesome.
Enjoying one of many waterfalls. I pushed the Mr. in right after! (just kidding).
The Mr. captains the pontoon boats along Pictured Rocks in Munising, MI.
BookGeek2 pretending NOT to be winded from the hike.
Look! Another conquered waterfall!

Nope, [gasp!] still not winded.

The Mr enjoys a Lake Superior sunset. It was awesome but not "superior" to a Kansas sunset. ;-)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Why We Weed

Summer is officially over for me! And I have been remiss in my posting lately because of the chaos that summer brought along with it. That being said, my first summer wearing my new Youth Services crown was a wonderful success. And I haven't lost my touch as a teen librarian either: 82 teens signed up for my teen program! Rock on!

While half didn't complete a thing after they picked up their gameboard, that left 42 teens that did! Not too shabby for my first summer here.

But now it's time to start a new series here at Two Book Geeks entitled: "Why We Weed."