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‘Tech Petting Zoo’ is at RCC-Glenns Friday

A “Technology Petting Zoo” will be hosted by the Rappahannock Community College-Glenns Campus.

The “Petting Zoo” represents an innovative program from the Library of Virginia, which gives a variety of new technology tools to selected local libraries around the state in exchange for their help in offering demonstrations to library staff and the general public. The RCC event will be held Friday, February 14, in the Glenns Campus lecture hall from noon-1:30 p.m. It is free and open to all who wish to attend.

Electronic devices that will be presented for hands-on review by participants in “Wow . . . That’s Cool! But What Is It?” include products from Nook, Kobo, Sony, Kindle, Asus, Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface, iPad, and MacBook Pro. The meanings of such terms as e-book, e-ink, digital rights management, sideloading, quick response codes, and the formats of ePUB, PDF, Kindle, iBook, Hypertext, and eReader will be explained, as will a number of “apps” (applications) that facilitate downloading, reading, and other tasks performed by mobile electronic devices. Attendees will gain the knowledge to make informed choices among the bewildering variety of products available in today’s market.

For more information on this event, call Dan Ream, RCC coordinator of library resources, at 758-6716 or .

“This is a great opportunity to try out quite a few new computer tablets, e-readers and other technical gadgets, with no sales pressure to buy something,” said Ream. “If you’re confused about the differences between Kindles, Nooks, iPads and other such gadgets, then getting to see, handle, and try them can make it easier to figure out which you like best.”

Ream emphasized that a major reason the college is bringing this program to its campuses is to make the information available to a wider public.

posted 02.12.2014

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