De-Mystifying Technology

Ever wonder how a computer works? How about networking? Want to know more about internet security? Are you frustrated that technology seems intent on, well, frustrating you? Ever wonder why computers are designed the way that they are?


               We have the program for you…       


On Saturday, March 23rd Graduate School of Library and Information Science Professor (and ALA teacher of the year 2011) Martin Wolske will host a beginning workshop on computer technology. Based on the popular LIS451 class offered at GSLIS, the workshop is designed to give beginners a better understanding of how computers and networks were designed, how they work, and how you can make the technology a more useful tool for you. We will be taking a hands-on approach that includes dismantling and reassembling desktop computers, talking about how data moves between different parts of the computer, building a network, and discussing your experience with computer technology. The workshop is structured in 90 minute blocks, each with a different subject:


  • Hardware | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
    Take apart and reassemble; upgrading memory; hard drives
  • Local Networks | 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    The components of wired and wireless networks; essential troubleshooting tools; sharing files and printers
  • Internet Essentials | 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
    Types of broadband; equipment to connect; essential troubleshooting tools;
    cloud computing
  • Security | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
    Main threats and tools

No experience is necessary (we strongly encourage those with no experience at all to attend), and questions are encouraged!

  “That taking apart the computer thing really helped…what’s inside the guts? I can break it apart! It’s not this big scary thing…computers are not these big infallible immortal objects.”-From Virginia Eubanks’ Digital Dead End: Fighting for social justice in the information age.