Off the Shelf: Saving your digital stuff!

Growing up, our phone was just a phone. People could call us, and we could call them. Today, phones are planners, photo albums, phone books and more. Have you ever thought about all the stuff you have on your cell phone or other digital devices? Would you like to save it?

I recently attended a webinar that covered this very topic. It was an eye-opening moment for me! I have several digital devices, and I had never thought about preserving all the things I have stored on them. I thought about all the pictures I have on my phone and the accounts I have, including Facebook, Instagram and email. This is personal information, so I should safeguard it, right? If you are thinking: “Me, too! What can I do to preserve this information? Where do I start? Who can help?” – well, the first step might be to come to a class at the library called “Preserving Your Digital Memories: Some Basics” on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.

This class will help you get started with saving your digital memories such as photos, videos and documents. An essential part of preserving the things that are important to you is having an organized way to name, back up and store your files, so we also will share best practices for file management.

So, what about Facebook? In light of recent events, you may be concerned about the privacy of your information on Facebook. Did you know that you can download your Facebook information? If you download this information, you will be able to see nearly everything you have ever done on Facebook, including posts, comments, things you have “liked,” messages and a whole lot more. We will provide you with the steps to follow if you would like to take a look at your Facebook information.

You may have noticed that some of our more recent classes have a common theme: preserving your memories. That’s because we are leading up to the opening of our Memory Lab this fall. The Memory Lab will be a do-it-yourself station where you can digitize (preserve) your precious family memories from old video, audio, photos or slides. You will come away from the lab with your memories in a digital format on a flash drive or CD. By converting them to a digital format, your memories will be accessible to future generations for years to come. The Memory Lab Network project is made possible by the Washington, DC Public Library and the Public Library Association and in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [LG-95-17-0079-17].

We hope to see you at “Preserving Your Digital Memories: Some Basics” on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. No reservation is needed! This is a hands-on class, and you can bring your own laptop computer or use one provided by Mankato Area Adult Basic Education. Don’t forget to bring a flash drive as well as your Facebook login information (username and password) if you have an account. Even though your cell phone may be full of stuff, it can still be used as a phone, so if you have questions, give me a call at 507-359-8331.

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