Last Updated: Jun 10, 2020 Views: 80
With the move to providing programs online, you'll find that many of our events are held using a third-party platform called Zoom. Zoom is great for small groups with lots of interaction, as well as large events with hundreds of people in attendance.
There are some things to know that will help you have a fun and safe experience attending any of our Zoom events.
For the safety and enjoyment of all, we ask program attendees to register in advance. Shortly before the event library staff will send you an email with the link that provides access to the program, along with any other information you need to know.
How does Zoom work?
Zoom is easy to use, but it does look a little bit different on different devices. Here are some short video tutorials that will help you get oriented on your device. We recommend playing around with Zoom before you join an event for the first time.
Getting Started with ZOOM videocalls and web meetings (first 7 minutes, 30 seconds)
- Using Zoom on Your iPhone or iPad (first 4 minutes, 30 seconds) - Android devices work almost the same as Apple devices, so go ahead and follow along with this tutorial if you have an Android phone or tablet.
Do I have to be on camera?
Only if you want to! You'll have the option to join with your camera in most of our Zoom events, but it's not required. Some events will be set up so that nobody except the presenter and hosts will be on camera.
What should I expect when I join a Zoom event?
Library staff will send you an email ahead of the scheduled program. If you do not receive the email as expected, check your spam folder or the "Promotions" tab if you're using Gmail. If you are unable to find the email, please contact us for assistance.
When you click the link in the email you've been sent, Zoom will open into a waiting room and a host will let you in shortly. Depending on the program, you'll be able to turn on your audio and video to participate in the program. You may be allowed to chat with all participants, or just the hosts. In larger events both video and audio may be disabled for all attendees. Library staff select the appropriate settings for the type of program to ensure a safe, secure, and enjoyable event.