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Programs and Trainings at the New Jersey State Library

Getting around with Google Maps

On March 27, Andrea Levandowski taught “You Don’t Know Google Maps,” an introduction to using Google’s popular mapping tool.  Many people are already familiar with Google Maps, but this class included some helpful tools and tips that often go overlooked.  In addition, this class covered the new version of Google Maps (which you can already preview) that will make the desktop version more consistent with the app for Android and Apple devices.

Raspberry Pi: The Raspbian (“wheezy”) Operating System

The second Raspberry Pi tutorial, held on Thursday, February 20, covered the recommended Raspberry Pi operating system called “Raspbian.” The session included a demonstration from John Mosser on using a motion sensor with Raspberry Pi and instruction on accessing the Raspberry Pi from anywhere in the world via the Internet.  In addition, there was a tutorial on the recommended Raspberry Pi

Searching for Obituaries at the New Jersey State Library

The “Searching for Obituaries at the New Jersey State Library” class was held on October 29. The class focused on using New Jersey State Library resources to find obituaries. Information was shared on accessing print, microfilm and electronic editions of various NJ papers. Attendees were also instructed on searching our databases for obituaries and related helpful information.

Introduction to Finding Funders and FDOP

During the Lunchtime Learning session Introduction to Finding Funders held on October 25, 2013, Andrea Levandowski explained some of the features available in the Foundation Directory Online Professional (FDOP) database.  FDOP is a powerful tool for locating grantmakers and finding important information about their funding history.  FDOP is produced by the Foundation Center and is the highest level of service for their Foundation Directory Online database.  It includes information on over 120,000 grantmakers and over 1.2 million previously awarded grants with links to funder and recipient 990 and 990-PF forms.  Searchers can identify potential funders based on their funding interests, geographic focus, types of support, past grant awards, and other fields, and then use grantmaker profiles to get application information, funder limitations, and other valuable information.