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Fact Checking President Trump's Tweets

TwitterBird.pngThe Washington Post has developed fact-checking extensions for both Google Chrome and Firefox. Both tools provide in-Twitter context to POTUS tweets along with links to articles that can further illuminate claims sent from Trump's account.

Learn more and find links to download the extensions:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/12/16/now-you-can-fa...

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Welcome Back from the Library

Group staff photoWelcome to spring semester 2017! The COD Library extends a warm welcome to our entire community.

We hope you had a refreshing break and we look forward to serving you this semester in a welcoming and supportive space. Wishing you a productive, engaging, and rewarding semester.

2017 African American Read-In, Feb. 7th

African American Read-InThe COD Library cordially invites you to the College of DuPage African American Read-In Tuesday, February 7th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on the upper level of the Library.

The Library is the new home of the African American Read-In! Join us as almost 2 dozen readers introduce their favorite writers and hear some of the many diverse voices of African American literary traditions. Stay for the whole event, or drop in any time - the Read-In will be held on the upper level of the Library and is open to everyone.

Behind the Fake News with Hoaxy

Hoaxy.jpgAn interview with Filippo Menczer, a professor of informatics and computer science at Indiana University at Bloomington. Once the subject of a fake news story, Menczer speaks to Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz about the new search engine Hoaxy, which aims to show people what sites are spreading fake news and what they are posting about.

A Professor Once Targeted by Fake News Now Is Helping to Visualize It
http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Professor-Once-Targeted-by/238742

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Locating Ratings for Smart Phone Usability For Seniors

I had an interesting information request from one of our members that I think might be of interest to many of you. I’ve received permission from our fellow caregiver to share with everyone. I was asked to find a resource which rates smart phone usability for Seniors. Our caregiver had seen information on Jitterbug, but noted that AT&T does not Jitterbug phones on its network. This specific question had a focus on AT& T but if you are a Verizon or other plan carrier, you’ll have similar questions and can learn a lot from the response that I sent because many of the articles compare VARIOUS carriers. Here’s my “answer”:
 
It seems like you have 2 things to consider: 1.) usability of smart phones and possibly, senior-friendly apps that might help caregiving and 2.) you want compatibility with AT& T [or another specific provider]. Am I right? Some of the articles specifically mention if the phones have “stand-alone” contracts/plans  or if plans can be purchased from other carriers (like AT&T). Ultimately, since service plans and networking abilities change so frequently, I highly recommend when you narrow down the type of smart phone that you contact AT&T directly (call or stop in to a store with your specific needs/requests). I’m going to give you some sites that look at both the phones (features and capabilities) AND available plans/carriers.
 
Take a look at these sites:
 
http://www.cellularphoneplansforseniors.com/2015/03/best-cell-phones-for-seniors-2015.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2015/06/17/3-must-have-cell-phones-for-seniors/#5235684e72fd
 
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/08/best-smartphones-for-seniors/index.htm
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-t-miller/best-simple-smartphones-f_b_10319370.html
 
 
http://www.cellreviews.net/best-cell-phone-for-seniors/
 
 
a bit old but nice images to accompany descriptions:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/7-cell-phones-designed-for-seniors-and-the-elderly_id64671
 
https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/utilities/cellphone-plan-senior-citizens/
 
 
Not as obviously helpful as a full review page, but here is AT & T’s section on devices for seniors if you are interested in bringing on board a phone for your senior that will be on an existing AT&T plan. If this is the case, it may be worthwhile to investigate which AT&T offered phones have “easy modes” or features specifically useful for seniors (again, make a stop at a store or contact customer service and talk to representatives about specific needs/desires based on what you deem most important for your senior):
https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/phones-for-seniors.html
 
 
I like how some of the articles specifically talk about what to consider when evaluating phones. It seems like there is sufficient differences in features to make decisions dependent on specific user needs/abilities/disabilities.
 
As we continued to correspond, another important aspect came out. When the time comes to go to a store (with the individual that will be using the phone preferably so that he/she can “test drive it” with you, as caregiver, and phone “experts” present to answer questions and assist), we came to the conclusion that it is best to “call ahead” to ensure that someone would be available to demonstrate specific features. Stores and employees are accustomed to demonstrating the latest and greatest “features” of smart phones, but our needs and the needs of our special individuals are varied and unique. We might need to see “easy mode” or apps that exist but aren’t “cutting edge”…often time display phones are “locked down” and only have certain options available. My calling ahead, speaking to a manager and specifically requesting the features and apps we read about (YES, I’m suggesting that you do as much homework as possible BEFORE going into the store), we can ensure a smoother, more informative session and an all-around better experience for those whom we care. I’m not saying this just about AT& T stores, let me be clear on that in case you saw the AT& T focus and thought this is just about AT& T services. Nope, I’m talking about ANY phone store and ANY carrier. We have special needs and are looking at the phones from a different perspective than the “average” phone user. It just makes sense to find “common ground” and understanding with the sales staff so that they can show us what we really need to see. Make sense?

~Debra
 

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Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

I'd like to share some article links on how to make the Holidays as stress-free as possible for caregivers and the ones for whom they care.
 
Caregiver's Guide for Managing the Holidays (PDF)—I LOVE this one because it has a variety of articles containing tips that reduce stress and make the holidays "merry and bright" for caregivers in a variety of situations as well as sound advice for non-caregivers too!
http://www.caregiveralliance.org/news/holidayguide.pdf
 
A collection of holiday-related articles and short videos from CaregiverStress.com:
http://www.caregiverstress.com/senior-activities/holidays/

~Debra, Your "Caring" Librarian

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2017 Caregiver Support Group Meeting Dates

The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month:

Spring Semester Meetings noon-1:00 PM SRC 2153
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

If you're a caregiver, I hope that you'll join us. We meet over the noon hour, feel free to bring your lunch.

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Cheating Watchlist

Cheating
Caveon Test Security has created a "Cheating Watch-List" to help testing providers prevent and catch cheaters. Below are seven of the top "threats" - for more information read Caveon's update Mission Impossible: Cheaters.

  • Using pre-knowledge of test content
  • Colluding with an expert while taking the test
  • Using Inappropriate or non-authorized test aids
  • Using a proxy test taking service, or using friends or acquaintances for proxy test taking
  • Hacking into a database to change a score
  • Manipulation of test administration rules
  • Copying the answers from another test taker while both tests are being taking
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