Preserving Your Digital Photos With Archivist Lance Stuchell

Saturday April 28, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Learn how to ensure that your family's cherished digital photos are secure from loss, damage, changing technology or electronic equipment failure when archive specialist Lance Stuchell visits AADL for this informative presentation. All technical skill levels are welcome.

Lance Stuchell is the Digital Project Archivist at the Henry Ford's Benson Ford Research Center. He will explain how digital preservation lessons learned in the archive library profession can be applied by the home user to help secure family's photographic legacies.

Cyber-Safety Series -- Identity Theft

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It’s every Internet user’s worst fear – to wake up one day find that someone has found your personal information, drained your online account, and ruined your credit rating. Identity theft is surprisingly common –the FTC estimates that up to 9 million Americans may be victims of identity theft each year. You don't have to be one of them!

Here are some simple ways to prevent identity theft:

1. Practice social network safety. – You may be sharing more personal data than you know. Check out this blog post for more information.

2. Be a skeptic. – When in doubt, it’s better to play it safe. This Lifehacker article provides some excellent suggestions for avoiding the most prevalent online scams.
For more on scams, take a look at There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute, which explains many online and offline cons, along with steps to protect yourself.

3. Make security a habit. – Safe Internet practices should be a part of everything you do online. This article provides some great suggestions for securing your online life from all angles.
USA Today’s book, Stopping Identity theft: 10 Easy Steps to Security, has more tips on everyday security practices.

4. Destroy! Destroy! – Make sure you know the right way to get rid of old credit cards and sensitive paperwork.

If identity theft strikes – you have resources! Take a look at The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Recovering From Identity Theft and Identity Theft For Dummies for suggestions on getting your life back.

For more information on identity theft and your options, check out The Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft website, with more information and resources on identity theft prevention and response.

Cyber-Safety Series -- Big Brother is Watching You

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Do you shop online? Send e-mails? Participate in social networks? Then, like it or not, you have accumulated a substantial digital footprint. Controlling this footprint is a good idea, whether you’re worried about employers reading your disparaging remarks, salesmen finding your phone number or Big Brother tracking your un-American activities. Here are some resources to help you learn more about online privacy:

Get to know the issues:
Here's a roundtable on about the recently-introduced Do Not Track bill, that would prevent businesses from collecting browsing data automatically from people who visit their sites.
You can also read Margaret Jasper’s book Privacy and the Internet: Your Expectations and Rights Under the Law, which includes a directory of consumer protection agencies, the real text of relevant acts, and suggestions for improving your online privacy.

Investigate your digital footprint:
Take a look at this series of articles from, with techniques for finding – and manipulating – your online presence that go waaaay beyond Googling yourself.
And, to find out how your online persona may actually be damaging your life, read Virtually You by Elias Aboujaoude.

Privacy is holistic:
Online privacy, like love, is a many-splendored thing. No single magic bullet is going to perfectly cover you online behind. Look at this Lifehacker article to get ideas for diverse ways you can protect your information.

After you learn all about online privacy, you may feel like getting a new identity and vanishing off the face of the Earth. No worries! The book How To Disappear – by a man who was an investigator hired to find people who really don’t want to be found – will lead you, step by step, through the process of creating a brand new identity. Read this great summary online for the Cliff’s Notes version. (Note: Please return all library materials before burning your ID and moving to Fiji.)

Cyber-Safety Series -- Copyrights ...and Wrongs?

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Copyright is an issue that often goes undiscussed in talks about cyber-safety. As the recording industry cracks down on intellectual property violations, a culture of ripping remixing, and mashups continues to grow. An intriguing development is the growth of Creative Commons – an alternative to copyright in which the creators of artistic and literary works decide for themselves how others can use their work. I’m not going to lie; I am a real fan of creative commons! If you enjoy remixing or need audio, video or visual content for your projects, using creative commons materials simplifies the process enormously – and you get to participate in a reciprocal community of artists and creators. What's not to like?

Here are some resources to help find creative commons and public domain content.

Photos: Every Stock Photo, Stock.Xchng and Wylio.
Music and sound effects: ccmixter, Incompetech, Beatpick and the Internet Archive.
Video: The Internet Archive’s stock footage database and
More Info: The Public Domain and this list of 30 creative commons sources.

To learn more about the issue, try these.

Copyright Criminals
Rip! A Remix Manifesto

Bound By Law? – A graphic novel about a filmmaker’s copyright woes.
Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates
Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy
The Pirate’s Dilemma
Viral Spiral

Cyber-Safety Series -- Parenting in the Digital Age

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With the rapid evolution of technology over the past few years, children are growing up in an incredibly new and unique environment. In fact, a whole new term has been coined for today’s youth – “digital natives.” For digital natives, born after the development of digital technology, the fantastic gizmos and gadgets of the modern age are seamlessly integrated into everyday life, altering learning and social interaction. Of course, for parents who are not digital natives, the virtual world where their children live may seem like a lawless frontier, inscrutable to outsiders. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources to help digital immigrants to be involved in their children’s online lives:

Background on digital natives: Born Digital by John Palfrey.

Understanding your digital kids:
What in the World Are Your Kids Doing Online?
Totally Wired: What Our Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online
E-Parenting: Keeping Up With your Tech-Savvy Kids

Cyber-safety issues and kids:
Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens
Generation MySpace: Helping Your Teen Survive Online Adolescence
MySpace, My Kids – a Christian writer offers guidance to parents about MySpace.

And, for kids themselves:
A Smart Girl’s Guide to the Internet

For more information, here’s a Frontline documentary/workshop on digital parenting that you can watch at home.

Cyber-Safety Series -- Cyber-Bullying

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Cyber-bullying – bullying conducted over the Internet, using e-mail, social networks, texting and/or attack websites – is an increasingly common problem, and could affect as much as 33% of young people. Lately, high-profile cases of cyber-bullying have been covered by the media, inspiring legislation and crackdowns. President Obama himself has made a strong statement condemning all forms of bullying. Luckily, there are many resources, both in the library and on the Internet, to help parents prevent and respond to this problem. offers an excellent list of tips for cyber-bullying prevention and response, as does the National Crime Prevention Council. Check out the Cyberbullying Research Center for research and news about cyberbullying, as well as printable resources for school or home. Stop Bullying Now, a website of the US Department of Health and Human Services, is designed specially for kids, and includes animated videos.

For more information on cyber-bullying and bullying in general, take a look at these books and resources:
7 Ways to Block a Cyberbully and Cyber Safe: Identifying and Combating Cyber Bullies (DVD's).
Girl Wars
The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander
And, for kids:
Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends
Hot Issues, Cool Choices
Jay McGraw's Life Strategies for Dealing With Bullies

Whether you look at any of the resources above or not, here are some tips to remember:
1. Being involved in your child's online life and knowing what they do online can help prevent cyber-bullying from getting out of hand.
2. Know the resources available to you -- your school may already have an anti-bullying policy. Your e-mail, social network and cell phone providers probably have policies to respond to online harassment.
3. Remember, bullying is not normal, and no one should have to put up with it!

Teen/ Youth Stuff: Guides to the internet

While these books are great for youth and teens to read themselves to get some direction, they’re also great books for parents for offer up to their kids or possibly discuss together.

A Smart Girl’s Guide to the Internet: “How to connect with your friends, find what you need, and stay safe online.” Did your BFF just tell you she’s RTFL and you’re confused? This quick & easy youth book may help you. It discusses net lingo, as well as basics of e-mail, social networking, blogging, online safety, and more. This little book features a lot of images and quizzes to keep interest.

A Teen’s Guide to Creating Web Pages and Blogs: This handy book shows you how to create and beef up your Myspace and Facebook pages, build your own website with html and javascript tips, and learn ways to protect yourself with some cybersafety tips.

Want to search for holiday gifts online? Come to World Wide Web Tools!

It's a good idea to attend World Wide Web Tools. In the class we answer many questions, a few of which are: What is a URL? What is a web browser? What is a search engine? What is Google? How do I search the internet and get meaningful results? How do I know if a website is secure? What is a tab? What is a link? How do I print from the internet?

Monday December 14, 2009: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library Third Floor Training Center

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555.

See you in class!

Unleash Your Firefox!

Did you know about Firefox Add-ons? Firefox is an internet browser that offers you thousands of ways to customize your web experience. For example, you can use Add-ons to show the latest headlines, block ads, or have local weather in one click. Register for Introduction to Firefox Add-ons to learn more.

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555.

See you in class!

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