Saturday, March 26, 2011

What are these funky black and white dotted pictures I keep seeing?

You may have noticed these things popping up all over your life:

What the heck are they?

Funny you should ask! I just attended a conference called Computers in Libraries 2011 where I learned all about these things. They are called QR codes. QR stands for "Quick Response." That clears it all up, doesn't it?

Okay, the deal with these things is that they are like bar codes on steriods. You know how at stores, when a clerk scans an item and the price automatically pops up on the screen? Well, these QR codes work sort of like that. Basically, they turn your smartphone (or iPad2, if you're really fancy) into a bar-code reader. But here's the coolest part: the bar code doesn't just contain a price and a name! It can contain any information you want it to: a phone number, a Website address, an electronic business card, etc. If you install a QR app (a little piece of software) on your smartphone, you can read these codes in magazines, at stores, or anywhere you see them (like at your LIBRARY) and connect to the digital information in them.

How do I engage with this fascinating technology?

The easiest thing to do is just get started! Download a QR reader (BeeTagg is an easy one to use) and start scanning those funky black and white dotted pictures. Here's a list of all the smartphones that BeeTagg supports.

What's a situation in which I would be likely to use these things?

Well, let's just say you were at the library, and you wanted to make sure you had the library Website bookmarked on your smartphone so that you could renew your books online because you were going to be at the beach for the entire summer (aren't we all so lucky?). In the past, you would have to search for the site online or ask a librarian to tell you the Website and then even (*gasp*) type in the address. Now, you just scan the little code up there at the top of the page and it takes you directly to our mobile Website ( You can bookmark it in your browser and you're all done!

Hey, do me a favor and drop me a comment if you enjoyed learning about this stuff. I like to share information, but I really like to know if someone is listening.


-marylyn, EOL IT manager

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What They're Reading @ Dyron's

You know, readers, I get curious when I'm out and about in the Village. Last time I was at Dyron's (about a month ago) I started wondering what my friends were reading. So, I emailed my favorite bartender (Ryan) and asked for a list.

Check out what the staff at Dyron's Lowcountry is reading now!

Dillon - Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Keri - A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving

Sara - The Fever Series Karen Moning - Sara says she loves it. Captivating story.

(Sara's not the only reader loving this series - it's got lots of fans!)

Patrick - The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

Ryan - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Dyron's has a new head chef! That's him in the picture. Here's what Dyron's website has to say about him:

Randall Baldwin will be starting March 1st. Randall has worked under Frank Stitt at Highlands Bar & Grill, Bottega, and Chez Fonfon. Originally from Mobile County, he loves coastal cuisine and has a passion for the local farming community. He plans to bring the freshest ingredients to Dyron’s in order to create exciting new dishes while keeping our Lowcountry attitude that food should be simple and uncontrived.

3rd Thursday is tomorrow dear readers! What does it mean you ask? Every THIRD THURSDAY Dyron's donates 10% of the days' proceeds to the library. This has been a GREAT fundraiser for the library - so please - if you're hungry this Thursday, visit Dyron's!!!!!!
Lastly, you can find Dyron's on Facebook here AND you can find the library here on Facebook - like us!
Happy Reading :)