Broadband Connectivity on the Regional Level

By Guest Contributor Sarah Thompson, MPA Sarah Thompson is the Executive Director of the Southwestern Commission, and Administrator of the Mountain West Partnership. -What is Region A and the Southwestern Commission? The Southwestern Planning and Economic Development Commission was formed in 1965 by concurrent, joint resolution of the counties and municipalities within the seven westernmost … Continue reading Broadband Connectivity on the Regional Level

#Selfie: Because Sometimes the Most Interesting Thing in My Life is Me

A "selfie," for the uninitiated, is a "self-portrait photograph." This seemingly innocuous, yet somehow  ire-inspiring, social phenomenon/trend shows no signs of reversing: estimates range from over one million selfies a day to 93 million selfies taken everyday worldwide. While selfies are generally held as an indicator of "millennial narcissism," it's always fun and interesting to see the … Continue reading #Selfie: Because Sometimes the Most Interesting Thing in My Life is Me

Oh, A Doxxing We Will Go!

Actually, let's not.  Doxxing is rude.  Oh, what's that?  You have a question?  Ah, of course!  I need to explain what doxxing is. While I'm at it I may as well talk about some other Internet terminology.  It helps to be prepared, because you never know when some sockpuppet's viral meme will make you fall … Continue reading Oh, A Doxxing We Will Go!

Do you use library computers and internet?

Do you use the computers and internet at the library? We would love to hear from you! From May 5th to May 24th the library will be running an online survey to understand how patrons use the library’s technology so we can provide resources and services that are valuable to the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, … Continue reading Do you use library computers and internet?

Just because you’re paranoid…

... doesn't mean they aren't watching you! This blog post may get me added to a list somewhere, but it is chock full of information everyone should know (quick shout out to my buddies at the NSA!).  Recent events have spurred a renewed interest in privacy: Government data mining from U.S. Internet Companies, Arrest Caught on … Continue reading Just because you’re paranoid…

We’re not in Kansas anymore

My daughter has a Facebook account. She's 4 years old. (If you are Facebook, *Jedi Mind trick* this is not the ToS violation you're looking for...) You might wonder, "But, why?! Why does a 4 year old need a Facebook account?" She doesn't. No one needs Facebook, though seemingly more and more our lives revolve around updating and … Continue reading We’re not in Kansas anymore

Oh, What a Tangled Web….

By Amy Imagine that you meet someone online. You get a Facebook message from someone who’s a friend of a friend. Maybe you glance through their profile: went to the same high school your cousin went to, has a nice job, and good looking to boot! You chat with them, get to know them. Every … Continue reading Oh, What a Tangled Web….

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

By John We lead Web-based, digital lives. From personal computers, smartphones, and tablets, e-book readers, to working, shopping, and social networking, virtually every aspect of our lives touches the digital world. Even when we are not directly connected to the Internet, this vast worldwide connection of computers, data, and websites supports our everyday lives through … Continue reading STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

The “New” NC LIVE eBooks Portal Page

NC LIVE is pleased to announce a new eBooks Portal webpage available now from the NC LIVE website. The portal replaces a previous eBooks page that simply linked to each of NC LIVE's eBook Collections. This new eBooks Portal makes it easier for users of the NC LIVE website to browse and search all of NC LIVE's eBook … Continue reading The “New” NC LIVE eBooks Portal Page

Stream movies here (and the price didn’t just go up – it’s still free)

You may know of a certain company that charges its customers to stream movies onto their computers or electronic devices.  You may also know that this company (it rhymes with flet-nicks) just raised its monthly subscription fees for most of its customers.  This same company not only raised its prices, but is now delivering less content. But … Continue reading Stream movies here (and the price didn’t just go up – it’s still free)