ALL ABOUT eREADERS

MBUG July General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

Do you use one or more devices to read digital books, newspapers, magazines, or the news? Here is a chance to compare devices and ask questions to help optimize usage or perhaps make a decision for a future purchase.

At the July 12 general meeting, MBUG President Jeff Helms, whose day job is as an electronics technician for the National Weather Service, will give a presentation about e-readers. He will discuss various readers, their different formats, and conversion programs. He will also demonstrate Calibre, an e-book manager, and, as time allows, will discuss related apps and sources for free audio books. So bring your devices, prepare to ask questions, and participate by sharing problems and experiences.

For more information and questions in advance, contact Helms at jeffro270@gmail.com.

ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS REVISITED

MBUG July General Meeting
WEDNESDAY July 8, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

For the July 8 general meeting, we welcome back Charlene Webber-Schuss, RN, CIO from CHOMP, along with representatives Nathan Dryer and Jolene Yarbrough from RelayHealth, for a hands-on adventure through the newly enhanced healthcare patient portal. This meeting is a follow-up to a focus group held several months ago.

As we all know, the patient experience no longer revolves around a single doctor, or even a single facility. This change has created a clear challenge: patients, providers and care team members need a better way to exchange information and coordinate care. RelayHealth is meeting this challenge by improving patients’ abilities to conveniently access health care information on the go. RelayHealth offers an enterprise patient portal application that is responsive and accessible on any mobile device or any browser at any time. RelayHealth is now in the process of designing and partnering with native mobile applications to offer an even greater depth and breadth of collaboration tools for patients and care team members.

They are excited to discuss some of their concepts with MBUG in order to solicit feedback on what they have already done and what they plan to do, so that they can continue to improve and meet the evolving needs of tech savvy patients.

Please come, bring your friends and family! CHOMP needs your input on how to further improve the patient portal.

MAXIMIZING THE IMPACT OF YOUR WEBSITE

MBUG April General Meeting
WEDNESDAY April 8, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

Our April speaker is Emmanuel Rico Horca, business advisor for the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC). We all recognize the Internet has become a primary channel for distribution of information by businesses, organizations, schools, institutions, bloggers, musicians, politicians, and more. And each entity sets up a website to interface with its audience and get the message across. Among all these various users, non-profit organizations (NPOs) face some special challenges and increasingly rely on their websites for communication, recruitment, fundraising, publicity, and other client services.

Emmanuel Rico Horca specializes in helping groups and businesses maximize the potential of their websites to realize their objectives and will share with us many valuable strategies, including some basic tune-up tips, how to get visible, how to get listed, how to get found, how to get reviewed, and how to get seen. He enjoys helping clients set up business systems and processes that keep their companies on track and moving forward.

Horca, an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business at CSUMB, has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He has more than ten years hands-on experience in business communications, search engine optimization (SEO), content management (for websites), marketing, and operations management

Prior to joining the SBDC, Horca was senior editor and web content manager for several technology firms in Silicon Valley, including Intuit and RingCentral, where he was responsible for website content and management and recruited and trained an overseas information development team. During five years at CTB/McGraw-Hill in Monterey, he was manager of editing services.

This presentation will be of special interest to all those involved in non-profit organizations or small businesses. For questions in advance and more information, contact Horca at ehorca@csumb.edu.

PG LIBRARY DIGITAL SERVICES: PART 2

MBUG October General Meeting
WEDNESDAY October 8, 2014 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Canterbury Woods Auditorium
651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

Last month, Pacific Grove librarian Douglas Holtzman presented an information-packed review of the PG Library’s new website (http://www.pacificgrovelibrary.org) and its expanded and improved access to digital collections. But we felt there was much more information to explore, and Doug has agreed to a Part 2 discussion as a follow-up.

At the October 8 general meeting, he will focus more on the new Koha catalog and borrowing system, shared with the Monterey Public Library, which includes several new navigation and notification features for catalog users. He will also provide a very brief overview of the integrated library system (ILS) of which it is a part. The new system can be seen at http://catalog.pacificgrovelibrary.org.

If time, equipment, and connectivity permit, he will then demonstrate checking out an eBook and downloading it to the Overdrive app on an iPad, so bring your devices to follow along. Finally, he will be available to answer questions about specific services, formats, and devices.

Douglas Holtzman has been a public librarian since 1982. He retired last year after 17 years at Monterey Public Library. From 2002 until 2013, he was Assistant Library Director, with responsibilities including the Library’s technology program and Web services. This year he worked for the Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library as a consultant on the new Library website. He is currently a part-time PGPL librarian, working on the website and catalog as well as at the Reference Desk in the Library.

For additional information and questions in advance, contact Doug at dholtzman@cityofpacificgrove.org.

CHANGES IN PG LIBRARY DIGITAL SERVICES

MBUG September General Meeting
WEDNESDAY September 10, 2014 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

At the September general meeting, Pacific Grove librarian Douglas Holtzman will discuss the PG Library’s new website—or online branch. (See it at http://www.pacificgrovelibrary.org.) The site was designed by Boots Road Group, LLC, with input from Library staff, using the open source Web content management system Drupal. His review will include highlights of:

  • The digital collections, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, magazines, music, and streaming video. The online branch’s collections are available 24 hours a day, in a variety of formats and for a variety of mobile and desktop devices.
  • The new catalog and borrowing system shared with Monterey Public Library (pacificgrovelibrary.org). The new system, also open source, is called Koha, from a New Zealand Māori custom, which can be translated as gift, present, offering, donation, or contribution. It includes several new navigation and notification features for catalog users.
  • Behind the scenes information about the technologies involved in these services, for example, demonstration of some of the staff interface for the new catalog and borrowing system. As time allows, Doug will discuss selection of open source software for both the website and catalog.

Douglas Holtzman has been a public librarian since 1982. He retired last year after 17 years at Monterey Public Library. From 2002 until 2013, he was Assistant Library Director, with responsibilities including the Library’s technology program and Web services. This year he worked for the Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library as a consultant on the new Library website. He is currently a part-time PGPL librarian, working on the website and catalog as well as at the Reference Desk in the Library.

For additional information and questions in advance, contact Doug at dholtzman@cityofpacificgrove.org.

KEEPING TRACK WITH EVERNOTE

MBUG August General Meeting
WEDNESDAY August 13, 2014 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

At the August 13 general meeting, MBUG member Jeff Helms, electronics technician for the National Weather Service, will discuss capabilities of the Evernote suite of services and software.

Designed for notetaking and archiving, the popular Evernote web service started up in 2008. According to Wikipedia, “a ‘note’ can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten ‘ink’ note.” Files can be attached to the notes, which can be organized into folders and used similar to any file structure, with editing and search capabilities.

Like many online services, both free and premium fee-based services are available. Specific services provided depend on the operating system in use (a wide range of platforms are supported) and whether the program is used as a free-standing download or as an online service.

With an online Evernote account you can sync your notes and access your data from multiple machines and operating system platforms, but still input and edit data when an Internet connection is not available. Conversely, the Internet account can be used when working on a system without the client software.

Helms will be discussing the Evernote functionality, advantages and disadvantages, and security issues. Here is a chance to learn about this method of collating text, websites, images, etc., in one program for ready access from multiple locations. For questions in advance, contact Helms at jeffro270@gmail.com.