Library Binary is a monthly tech podcast from the Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library. Hosts expand on topics from the blog posts, share expertise, and cover current technology topics.
About The Hosts
Ann is a walking librarian stereotype - cats, knitting, and cardigans. She answers all your grandma’s tech questions in Tech Expert sessions. Ann is also a nerd for Internet security, German post-war literature, and more cats. She has two cats and a very anxious dog, all of whom have pasta-themed middle names.
Alyse has never met a piece of software or technology that she doesn’t want to learn. If this was an 80s teen drama, she would be in the AV club. When she’s not yelling at Photoshop or GarageBand, she makes coding and digital music production fun and accessible to kids and teens. Her fearsome dragon Errol Pesto guards her computer keyboard
December 2018 – Open the Pod Bay Doors
This month, Tech Trainers Alyse and Ann discuss January classes and introduce the new Tech Word of the Month segment. Then, they are joined by special guests, Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant and ramble about the pros and cons of virtual assistants (AKA computer Australian Shepherds?). Featured poem: Silence by Paul Laurence Dunbar, read by Rick Kistner for Lit2Go.
November 2018 – Pet Alligator
This month, Tech Trainers Alyse and Ann are joined by a special guest, Local History Librarian Jessica. Jessica discusses the Oral History Project, In My Day, being conducted in Cleveland Heights. Learn how to get the SimplyTold app on your device to record your story or come to the kickoff party for the project. Alyse and Ann are excited that the podcast is now live on the website and has its very own twitter account, @LibraryBinary.
October 2018 – Ten Audiobooks a Month?
This month, Tech Trainers Alyse and Ann give the details of upcoming November classes and Holiday closures. They break down the different FREE streaming services offered by the library. Learn the details about Overdrive (Libby), Hoopla, RBDigital, Acorn, Indieflix, Stingray Quello, Great Courses, Kanopy. All services are available to users with Cleveland Heights Library cards. Alyse promises to tell us next month how many audiobooks she listens to and surprise – Facebook was hacked again! Ann tells us a spooky story about smart speakers and horror movies.
September 2018 – Not Sponsored By Google, We Promise
This month, Tech Trainers Alyse and Ann return to the topic of Facebook with the latest Pew Research report on how users are changing their relationship with the social media site. They highlight upcoming classes and events in October. Alyse & Ann also discuss cloud storage, iCloud’s confusing approach to photos, and their (completed unsponsored) love of Google Photos, an app that backs up and organizes your photos for free! Then, get a preview of the newest additions to the library’s Digital Collection – Kanopy and Acorn TV!
August 2018 – The Most Infamous Facebook Quiz
This month, Tech Trainers Alyse and Ann discuss September classes and events. They break down the Cambridge Analytica scandal, third-party access on Facebook, social media as advertising companies, and what you can do to protect your data online.
July 2018 – Never Learn Alone
This month, Tech Trainers Alyse and Ann discuss the difficulties of sound editing, August classes and events. Special Guest Jackie joins them to discuss learning circles – what they are, their benefits, and what library classes use this format.