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photo of library patronsBy Josh McCready, Communications Assistant, BCPL

Personalized help is waiting for customers of the Baltimore County Public Library through the “My Librarian” program. This new program at BCPL allows people to schedule a free 60-minute appointment with a librarian.

Anyone can get help with downloading books, audiobooks and magazines to their mobile device; assistance with job searches, résumés and email setup. They can learn more about the library’s many databases; find out how to do genealogy research; get basic computer help including Microsoft Office; learn how to manage their BCPL account using the library’s mobile app and much more. In order to receive the best possible service, we recommend having a valid Baltimore County Public Library card.

Customers can request an appointment online at www.bcpl.info/mylibrarian  or in person at any of our 19 branches. Once a request has been completed, a librarian will contact the customer within three days to set up an appointment. They may be contacted by phone or email for more information prior to setting up an appointment and to determine whether an appointment is the best option. For quick email or phone questions, we are still encouraging customers to use our Ask a Librarian service (bcpl.libanswers.com).

For more information visit www.bcpl.info/mylibrarian.


photo Sara Trenery, Business Development Representative
Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

Baltimore County has long been a prime spot for companies specializing in advanced electronics, radar, and microwave technologies.  These often low-key businesses operate “under the radar,” so to speak, designing, engineering, manufacturing and servicing equipment used by the Department of Defense. Here’s a look at a company that crossed the pond and found Baltimore County to be the perfect location for their specialized tech business.

TMD Technologies is one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of specialized parts for radar and electronic warfare applications, as well as advanced commercial microwave amplifiers for EMC testing, scientific and medical applications. Last year, the UK-based company established its first U.S. subsidiary, TMD Technologies LLC, in Baltimore County.  Based in Halethorpe, the new subsidiary offers a significant benefit to U.S. customers, bringing local technical support, repair and product support, dealing with export compliance and handling classified interchanges.

TMD has sold a large number of microwave products to U.S. customers over many years and the company recognized the desirability of having a North American office to service its U.S. customers more efficiently and effectively. The company looked at sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware before selecting the Beltway Business Park in Halethorpe. Access to federal decision makers and defense contractors and a prime location at the intersection of I-695 and I-95 near BWI Marshall Airport were attractive to the U.K.-headquartered company.

"TMD's success in the U.S. radar and electronic warfare (EW) market has been exceptional.  Enhancing TMD's U.S. support presence to better serve our customers is extremely exciting and Baltimore County was the right location for this facility," said Mike Farley, CEO of the TMD Technologies U.S.  

For more information on locating in Baltimore County, contact the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development at businesshelp@baltimorecountymd.gov, call 410-887-8000 or visit online at www.BaltimoreCountyBusiness.com.


Tech-savvy Patapsco HS students Kevin Kamenetz
Baltimore County Executive

What will the schools of tomorrow look like?  I would guess that each student would use smartphones and tablets in class, with textbooks relegated to a study of ancient history. The entire school building would be wi-fi enabled, allowing students to access the Internet for problem solving and research at a moment's whim. Why, I think that students and teachers could interact via Twitter feeds, both inside the classroom and even at home!

Well, guess what?  The world of tomorrow land is here today - at the very special Patapsco High School Center for the Arts in Dundalk. Earlier this month I joined School Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance for a tour of Patapsco where we met with the students and faculty for a jaw-dropping view of how technology can be used as an integral part of the learning process.

Principal Ryan Imbriale has created an amazing community of learners in eastern Baltimore County.  It is no wonder that Dr. Dance is eager to spread this magic system wide. What happens at Patapsco? Well, here is just a small sample of what took place the day I visited.
 
It is a school where the principal's daily update isn't done over a traditional public address system, but on the internet via a You Tube video that is also available to parents. It is a school where students are using a variety of social media to enhance learning. It is a school where students are encouraged to bring smart phones and tablets to school so that they may be used as part of the learning process. Classroom Twitter feeds are displayed on white boards encouraging students to react to classroom discussions immediately. In Spanish class, the Spanish tweets were being posted fast and furiously.  In science labs, students were using their phones to connect to links to QR codes posted around the room leading to problems that must be solved. Students worked in groups, actively engaging and supporting one another to solve these complex problems. Teachers worked hand-in-hand with students as guides in the learning process.
 
As my staff would tell you, I haven't been able to stop talking about the teachers and students at Patapsco. I am so excited about what is taking place there and even more excited that Dr. Dance firmly believes that this type of instruction can become the model for Baltimore County. I look forward to making that journey together.
 


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