Technology Tips

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Finding Your Ancestors Online

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Clark Pleasant Branch Manager on [[date]] Tuesday, July 17, 2018

It used to be the case that researching your family history required cross-country road trips and spending...

Facebook Privacy

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Clark Pleasant Branch Manager on [[date]] Tuesday, May 8, 2018

This time last year, we talked about giving yourself an online privacy tuneup. Perhaps unsurprisingly...

Learn to Code

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Clark Pleasant Branch Manager on [[date]] Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Most of us have enough trouble with getting Microsoft Word and TurboTax to do what we want; the idea...

How to Raise Tech-Savvy Kids

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Clark Pleasant Branch, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Anyone who’s seen a 2-year-old pick up a tablet and jump straight to their favorite YouTube videos might...

Never Stop Learning with Your Library Card

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Clark Pleasant Branch, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Last month was Library Card Sign-Up Month, and if you're reading this, chances are you've already got...

Keeping it (Virtually) Real with Virtual Reality

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Clark Pleasant Branch , Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Friday, August 18, 2017

Virtual Reality has been one of those science fiction technologies we've been promised for decades. But...

Travel the World - With or Without Leaving Your Home

Posted by: on [[date]] Friday, July 7, 2017

Many of us take the opportunity in summer to do some traveling - whether just up the highway to Indianapolis...

The Best Ways to Listen to Music Online

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Virtual Branch Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It’s been almost 20 years since Napster cracked open the music industry with an easy (and not especially...

Time for an Online Privacy Tuneup

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Virtual Branch Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In just a few weeks, the American Library Association will be observing Choose Privacy Week – an annual...

Cutting the Cord with Internet TV

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Marketing & Communications Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Monday, March 13, 2017

The first thing I splurged on when I got a full-time job was cable TV. I couldn’t wait to bask in 100+...

Health and Fitness Trackers

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Marketing & Communications Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Computers and technology used to be associated with a sedentary lifestyle. When we were tethered to our...

A New Year’s Resolution for Your Technology

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Marketing & Communications Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Tuesday, January 3, 2017

I have a confession to make. I’m terrible about backing things up. It’s one of those things I intend...

Be an Informed Online Citizen

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Marketing & Communications Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Monday, November 28, 2016

The rise and spread of “fake news” has been a hot topic this month, as internet users routinely encounter...

The One App I Couldn’t Live Without

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Virtual Branch Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Thursday, October 20, 2016

If there’s one app I couldn’t live without, it’s my favorite free note-taking service, Simplenote.There’s...

Keep in Touch: Using Technology to Stay Connected with Friends and Family

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Virtual Branch Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Friday, September 16, 2016

Let’s take a quick look at the future we were promised: Jetpacks? Not yet. Self-driving cars? Soon. Videophones?...

How to Manage All of Your Photos

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Virtual Branch Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Friday, August 12, 2016

The invention of camera phones has made all of us into avid amateur photographers. Whether we’re snapping...

Be a Savvy Consumer with Online Product Reviews

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Virtual Branch Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Monday, July 11, 2016

These days there are more gadgets, devices and other products to buy than ever. Online shopping can lead...

Passwords 101

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Virtual Branch Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Every year, the computer security company SplashData releases a “Worst Passwords” list, based on commonly...

So You Have Been Hacked

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Virtual Branch Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Tuesday, March 22, 2016

It’s the moment every Internet user dreads. Maybe you get a text message from a friend about a weird...

SmartApps For Your Smart Phone

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Virtual Branch Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The mobile device explosion - smartphones and tablets, Apple and Android - promises to be as profound...

Mac or PC? Depends On Your Needs

Posted by: Davin Kolderup, Virtual Branch Manager, Johnson County Public Library on [[date]] Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Beatles vs. Stones. Coke vs. Pepsi. Cubs vs. Cardinals.Throughout recent history there have been many...


Davin Kolderup

Davin is the Clark Pleasant Branch Manager at JCPL. He may own more electronic gadgets than he cares to admit, but he’s an old school librarian at heart. Davin believes technology should make life easier, not more complicated. Connecting patrons with the tools that can help them get more done, learn more and have more fun is his passion.

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Technology Tips Recommended Library Resources

Lynda.com - Online video learning for Microsoft Office, Photoshop, programming, web development and more. Free with your JCPL card.

Dummies Books - JCPL has a wide variety of computer books in the popular “Dummies” series.

The Wirecutter - In-depth reviews of computers, mobile devices and other technology gear.

Gale Courses - Free online courses for JCPL patrons. Learn computer applications like Microsoft Office, Web page design and much more.

The Verge - Breaking news from the world of technology.

Codeacademy - Learn to build and program websites for free.