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  • Wednesdays, Feb 28, 2024 - Apr 24, 2024
    60 minutes

    8 sessions remaining

    Come join us and learn basic computer skills! Personal laptop not required though you may bring one if you would like. 

    Open to all ages!

  • computer, notebook and camera on a desk

    Monday Mar 04, 2024 at 6:00pm
    120 minutes

    Think about all the data on your PC; videos of the grand kids playing in a park, photos of your trip to Patagonia (lucky you!), tax records, emails… Now think about whether those files exist anywhere else. If the answer is no, you need to think about backup.

    You could lose data due to viruses, fire, theft, tornado, hard disk failure, making an unintended change to a file, or a wayward finger deleting a file. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will discuss various ways you can ensure your important data survives any catastrophe.

  • Picture of a robber coming out of a computer

    Tuesday Mar 05, 2024 at 6:00pm
    120 minutes

    The average time it takes for an unprotected computer to be compromised after connecting to the Internet is under 15 minutes. Don't let it be yours. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your PC from being hacked. And best of all, it can be done for free.

  • Typography - the art and science of written communications

    Thursday Mar 07, 2024 at 6:00pm
    120 minutes

    Typography—the art and technique of arranging type—has been around for over five hundred years and is constantly evolving. Good typography makes it easy to read and can be eye-catching. Bad typography can be distracting and hard to read.

    Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will outline the somewhat arcane terminology used. He will discuss some of the historical significances of type. Then he will delve into the subjective nature of choosing typefaces: what makes a typeface more or less readable, how and when to combine multiple typefaces, what emotions are evoked in readers, and how to avoid common faux pas.

  • Saturday Mar 09, 2024 at 2:00pm
    120 minutes

    Demo on how to enhance your photos by adjusting light, colour, and composition. Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users' Group and the Orleans Photo Club will be using free photo editing software available for both Windows and MacOS. 

  • Monday Mar 11, 2024 at 6:00pm
    120 minutes

    We are told: don't write down passwords; don't reuse passwords; make passwords long and complex. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show how to use free software that stores all your usernames and passwords along with related information and protects them with a single, very strong password. Don't let your online accounts get compromised. It's easy and free.

  • Friday Mar 15, 2024 at 11:00am
    60 minutes

    Sorry this event is full

    Join us for a tour of the Digitization Lab. This lab is equipped with bookable work stations that allow you to digitize your old photographs, slides and negatives, as well as your VHS tapes and 8mm film reels. This tour will be an orientation of the equipment, the stations and the online booking system.

  • 4 teens thinking about programs

    Friday Mar 15, 2024 at 1:00pm
    60 minutes

    Qu’il s’agisse de la manière dont un moteur de recherche trie les résultats d’une requête ou de la manière dont un site de vidéos décide quelles vidéos vous recommander, les algorithmes sont devenus un élément central de nos vies. Cet atelier explorera comment nos expériences en ligne sont façonnées par des algorithmes, comment ces algorithmes prennent des décisions basées sur nos informations personnelles et comment les adolescents peuvent prendre le contrôle de leur identité et de leur expérience en ligne. Pour les 13 à 18 ans.

     Cette séance est présentée par Marc-Alexandre Ladouceur, spécialiste en éducation aux médias chez HabiloMédias, le centre Canadien de littératie aux médias numériques. 

    Inscription requise. Les participants inscrits recevront un courriel supplémentaire contenant le lien Zoom avant le début du programme.

  • 4 teens thinking about programs

    Friday Mar 15, 2024 at 3:00pm
    60 minutes

    Whether it’s how a search engine sorts query results or how a video site decides what videos to recommend to you, algorithms have become a central part of our lives. This session will explore how our online experiences are shaped by algorithms, how those algorithms make decisions based on our personal information, and how teens can take control of their online identity and experience. For ages 13-18.

     This session is presented by Marc-Alexandre Ladouceur, Media Education Specialist at MediaSmarts, Canada's centre for digital media literacy.  

    Registration required. Registrants will receive an additional email with the Zoom link ahead of the program.


  • Mondays, Mar 25, 2024 - Jun 24, 2024
    120 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    The Ottawa Public Library has thousands of digital titles, discover how to access them using resources like Libby and cloudLibrary. Come join us in this monthly drop-in session where we help you learn how to use Ottawa Public Library resources to access eBooks and audiobooks.