The South Beauregard branch of the Beauregard Parish Library is closed today Saturday, August 1, 2020 because of bad weather; we apologize for the inconvenience.
The Beauregard Parish Library Board of Control will meet in a regularly called session at 4:45 PM on Monday Aug 3, 2020. This meeting will take place virtually via the Cisco WebEx platform, as allowed by the Governor’s executive order JBE 2020-30, in consideration of the social distancing guidelines in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to the “Sunshine Laws” (La R.S. 42:14), meetings of this board are open to the public unless “Executive Session” is noted.
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During Phase 2, the Beauregard Parish Library is open with limited hours and limited services. Additional details can be seen here. Within those limitations, further closures may become necessary on short notice due to staff shortages. We will update our social media accounts in those instances. Patrons are also welcome to call 337-463-6217 x 0 during the DeRidder branch's open hours for the most recent updates on branch openings. Computer use is limited and by appointment only. Patrons can schedule appointments online here or by calling 337-463-6217 or in-person by asking a library clerk. Appointments are set at 45-minute intervals. No consecutive appointments for 1 person.
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This week the library received a fascinating new book about the development of one of the most used applications of all time – Google Maps.
Check out: Never Lost Again: The Google Mapping Revolution That Sparked New Industries and Augmented Our Reality by Bill Kilday.
The story begins with a small start-up company called Keyhole that nearly folded when the tech bubble burst. The company was saved because of a contact at the CIA who managed to keep it afloat. Then the big break came when the company’s technology was used by CNN during its coverage of the first invasion of Iraq. This brought the attention of Google, which bought the technology and relaunched the software as Google Maps and Google Earth.
The author was the marketing director for Keyhole and then Google Maps. He is now the VP of a Google spinout company, Niantic, which is responsible for GPS-based games like Pokemon GO. He has been with this technology since the start and he shares the inside story of its development. He shows how it has changed the way we navigate the world. The technology is still evolving, and the author predicts how it will continue to affect our lives.
This book is found in the non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 338. It should interest those who are “tech geeks” but will also interest those with an interest is developing and running a start-up business.