Category: Software & Technology

5 Fast Services Provided by the HPL Library App

We don’t have to tell you how crazy this pandemic year has been. Our priority is to keep all staff and patrons safe while providing excellent library services within our community during these trying times. One way for us to keep books and media in the palms of your hands is through Highland Public Library’s App for iPhone and Android.

We will keep you on the go with five handy functions you won’t be able to live without once you begin using them.

1. Will Always Have Access to Your Library Card

The Highland Public Library App stores a digital copy of your library card. If you have your phone with you regularly—and who doesn’t, you have your library card with you. This comes in handy when you use digital media apps that require you to sign in with your library card or you need to check out library items.

2. Manage Your Library Account Anytime, Anywhere

Always know the status of your library account. You can track your holds, checkouts and due dates.



3. Search the Catalog

Library card holders can search the library system’s collection of books, movies, TV, audio books, magazines and more. One cool feature of the library app is the barcode scanner. If you are browsing the local bookshop, you can quickly scan a barcode to see if the book is available in the collection. Why not put that money back in your pocket? Just another benefit of being a library card holder.

4. Use the Download Library

Access the digital download web pages to browse or borrow digital and audio books all from one location. Links include OverDrive, Hoopla, Mango Languages, Universal Class and Kanopy. In most cases you can read, watch and download directly from your digital device.

5. Contact Us

Contact us directly from the library app. You can place a call or email us, and check the most recent hours to avoid wasted trips.

Download the Highland Public Library app now and always have access to our resources. The app is available for Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below. If you have questions or need help using the app, sign up for one of our custom computer classes.

Download Highland Public Library app from App Store

3D Printing and Tinkercad

We love hosting our 3D Printing classes at the library! Did you know that you can learn how to design a 3D object from your own home using Tinkercad? Save whatever you create and print your item at the library when we reopen. Signing up for Tinkercad is free and allows you to save whatever projects you work on.

Apps and Child Safety

Keeping children safe in today’s digital world.

Today’s technology allows us to communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime through social media apps, message boards and even chat online through video games with little protection for the minors that use them. Being an educated parent or guardian and communicating with your children can bring you one step closer to securing their safety. You can begin by discussing which types of information should not be shared online and by being aware of popular apps and their potential dangers. 

Guidelines for safely communication online

  • Avoid using suggestive screen names or photos.
  • Be cautious of online flatters. 
  • Don’t get personal with strangers.
  • Know that people are not always who they say they are.
  • Do not meet with someone you met online.
  • If you have a problem, tell someone.
  • Set all privacy settings where possible.

In addition to following the safety guidelines, look for reputable information sources and parental control apps to simplify monitoring your children’s location or online actions. Your local library can assist you with locating this information.

Resources that help keep children safe

Use online resources to aid discussions with your children. Educational sites like NetSmartz provides safety tip sheets for cyberbullying, game safety, social media, sexting and tips for teens and tweens.

Common Sense Media Research is a useful site that provides information about children’s use of media. According to a recent article on their blog, the most popular texting apps for teens and tweens today are GroupMe, Kik Messenger, WhatsApp and Discord. More new apps are coming every day. 

15 Apps Parents Should Know About

This app infographic published by the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office is a concise visual guide to help you stay on top of the most recent troublesome apps available.


Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

While apps usage can be abused, they can also be an essential tool in a parental control toolkit and should not be overlooked. 

Monitoring apps for child safety

There are many parental control apps available to counteract online threats. For example, Bark is a highly rated app that monitors social media, text messages and photos for signs of cyberbullying and other harmful messages. Bark alerts the parent or guardian when action needs to be taken. Apps can also track location and help you monitor your home through the use of video technology.

Research these top applications for parental control:

  • *Bark – Tracks social media use
  • *Qustadio – Tracks online activities, text messages, gaming and apps
  • *Net Nanny – For younger kids

The idea is not to cause fear, but to use technology safely and sensibility. You can achieve this by having opening dialog with teens and keeping abreast of the latest technology in use today.

Refer to the websites listed below for more information regarding app safety.

Helpful internet safety websites:

*This information is provided for your use. We do not endorse any of the listed apps or websites. 

References:

Elgersma, C. (2019, July 10). 18 Social Media Apps and Sites Kids Are Using Right Now. Retrieved November 6, 2019, from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/16-apps-and-websites-kids-are-heading-to-after-facebook

Grubb, C. (2019, November 4). Best Parental Control Apps based on in-depth reviews. Retrieved November 6, 2019, from https://www.consumersadvocate.org/parental-control-apps

Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved November 5, 2019, from https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/resources

Staff, 10News. (2019, August 6). Access Denied. Retrieved November 6, 2019, from https://www.wwltv.com/article/tech/15-apps-parents-should-know-about/67-ed6826b3-a80e-45a9-ac92-f04cc6bb5760