Friday, July 28, 2006

Tech Talk on 08/01/06: Designing Intelligently with Adobe InDesign

Beat the Heat! Enjoy the cool comfort of our community room while you learn all about Adobe InDesign at our upcoming Tech Talk. There is not need to register, just drop on in! The session will start at 7 pm. Here is the press release:

PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST TALK ON ADOBE INDESIGN Princeton residents Andy Epstein and Tim Quinn to discusshistory and functionality of graphics software on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.
Princeton Borough residents Andy Epstein and Tim Quinn will review the history and functionality of Adobe’s powerful graphics software InDesign at Princeton Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.

Titled “Designing Intelligently with Adobe InDesign,” the program in the first floor Community Room is part of the library’s Tuesday Technology Talks series.

Quinn, public information director for the library, will discuss the history of the software and Adobe’s efforts to compete with QuarkExpress, which until recently had been the industry standard in print graphics software. Quinn is a writer and designer responsible for the library’s marketing and promotional materials.

Epstein, associate director of graphic design and print production for Bristol-Myers Squibb, will demonstrate some of InDesign’s capabilities. Epstein is a graphic artist who manages the creative group responsible for much of the pharmaceutical company’s graphic design, copywriting and Web Design.

Recently he completed a two-year term as president of InSource, an organization he co-founded, that is focused on addressing the needs of the in-house design community. Epstein has written articles for HOW and Graphic Design:USA magazines in addition to contributing to articles featured in Dynamic Graphics and the Rockport Press book “Bringing Graphic Design In-House.”

Awarded a Sappi “Ideas That Matter” grant, he is most proud of the book published with that award, which he created with the students of The Lakeview School, an institution devoted to the needs of children with Cerebral Palsy.

The monthly sessions of the library’s popular Tuesday Technology Talks series feature demonstrations and discussions of new and emerging technologies and related issues.

All Princeton Public Library programs are free and open to the public. The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton Borough. Special assistance is available for library customers with disabilities. Those with special needs should contact the library 48 hours before any program to arrange for accommodations. Call (609) 924-9529.

For more information on library programs and services, visit

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Become a Blogger -- let PPL show you how!

If you have always wanted to start your own blog or even if you are just curious about how blogs work, then Princeton Public Library has a new class in its Technology Center just for you! Our first sessions of the new Become a Blogger mini-course will be held in August 2006 and is sure to be fun.

Here are the details:

Become a Blogger
2 Week Course
August 15, 2006 - 10:00am
August 22, 2006 - 10:00am
Intermediate Level
Max. Class Size - 12
Registration Required
A two-week introduction to blogs, the interactive, personal websites that can easily be updated daily iwth news, comentary, or your own private thoughts, will be led by PPL's own logging librarian Janie Hermann. Basic PC skills and a valid e-mail address required.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Power Googling with Nancy Blachman

On Tuesday July 25th at 7 pm in the community room we will be having a special edition of our Tuesday Tech Talk series. Nancy Blachman is visiting Princeton until the end of the month and has offered to give a seminar on "Power Googling" before she departs once more for the west coast. Here is the official press release:

Power Googling: Getting What you Want from Google
Google is easy to use, but the more you know about how it works, its features, its capabilities, and how it displays results, the better it can serve your needs.Learn how to go beyond Google's deceptively plain interface and take advantage of underutilized capabilities and shortcuts. In this presentation, Nancy Blachman will show:

  • how to select terms and search (more) effectively;
  • how Google interprets your query;
  • what's included with your results;
  • how Google works;
  • how to use "advanced" search features, even undocumented ones.
Nancy Blachman has been using Google since the spring of 1999, when Google was less than one year old. She developed Google Guide, an online tutorial that can be found at and has written over a half dozen tutorial and reference books, including How to Do Everything with Google, Mathematica: A Practical Approach, Mathematica Graphics Guidebook, Mathematica Quick Reference, Maple V Quick Reference, and Putting Your Heart Online. She is president and founder of Variable Symbols, a company that specializes in software training and consulting. She obtained a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Birmingham, U.K., an M.S. in Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where she taught for eight years.

More information on Nancy and what she talks about can be found in U.S.1's recent article about Nancy.

No registration is necessary. Pass the word around as I can assure you that this will be an informative and interesting event.