HighWire Press moves away from the Stanford University Library and becomes HighWire Press, Inc. (HighWire Press sells their online journal platform as a product to journal publishers, including many academic societies in STEM fields, as well as major publishers such as Oxford University Press. Here is a list of their clients.)
While this is by no means the first technology transfer out of a university to an independent company, …, the transition of HighWire Press from an initiative of the library to a new corporate identity is one worth taking note of in our community.
If nothing else, it will be interesting to see how this move to for-profit corporate status will impact journal pricing in the near and long-term future.
Using Video Annotation Tools to Teach Film Analysis – SocialBook, a project from The Institute for the Future of the Book, has primarily been used as a tool for allowing groups to comment on books, whether on the book in general or at the level of individual paragraphs. The new video annotation tool works similarly, allowing users to comment either on the film in general or on individual shots. Students can enroll for SocialBook using their Twitter or Facebook login information or by creating a new account.
Leap Motion’s Gesture Control Finds Niche Uses In Medicine, Art and Augmented Reality – Though Leap’s early inspiration was to make 3D modeling more intuitive, comparisons to gesture-controlled sci-fi holographic displays led some to surmise the Leap controller could be an heir apparent to the touch screen and mouse.
Summer workshop at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction:
APPLIED CARTOONING: AN EDUCATOR’S SYMPOSIUM
“…Through lectures, workshops, and panel discussions this symposium will explore the many ways that educators and librarians can use cartooning to enrich any school or organization’s programming and curriculum.”
For your enjoyment, from Gary Margolis: “Another new poem that also references the Arthur Healey paintings in the library.” Continue reading
Thanks to poet Gary Margolis for sharing this timely work!
Finishing the Term
in the Library
It was most likely me
I’m remembering, one
of the last to leave,
to finish not sleeping
in the red leather chair.
Three floors down
from street level. Trying
to write the last sentence
of a semester’s paper.
Trying to become more
complete all by myself.
There in the stacks
there was another book
I’d rather be reading
and not searching for
a word to send me
home. Home being up
three flights, where tonight’s
late night librarian was closing
his book. Reading being all
he could do to pass the course
of his time. To close the big door
behind him. To turn off
the magnificent, fading, central
hall light. So the two of us could
walk out together, him to his car
and me to my passing, now-I’m-done
Tim Parson’s blog features a survey of “the twelve oldest trees on campus” featuring photos from the Archives in Special Collections in Davis Family Library.
Astronomy Welcomes New Experts – The Observatory will resume its public-viewing sessions thanks to two recent hires.
Here’s a short post on the Faculty and Staff Author’s reception held recently in Special Collections. What isn’t mentioned here is that the food was FANTASTIC! Don’t miss it next year!
Thanks to lots of work from LIS staff members including Bryan and Ian, we’re trying out a new widget for the library home page. (Click on that link and scroll! You’ll notice what I’m talking about right away.)
The “Ask a Midd Librarian” widget should make it even easier for library users to get answers to their questions. It appears on every page of the library site. When librarians are logged in and available for chat, the widget says, “Chat with a Midd Librarian,” and clicking on the widget initiates a chat session. When we’re not logged, the text changes to, “Ask a Midd Librarian,” and clicking on it sends the person to a page that lists all the ways they can get help from us.
Scrolling widgets seem to be appearing all over the web these days, so it felt like a good time to test. Let us know what you think!
Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling – Audiobooks are growing in popularity, returning us to childhood storytelling and invoking a literary tradition as old as the Illiad. Browse audiobooks at the library.
6 Innovative Uses of Lecture Capture – Teachers are increasingly using lecture capture tools for interactive lessons, content sharing, and multimedia assignments.
Alan Alda keynotes the meeting of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) – discussing the importance of communication with the public in STEM fields. “… Some members of the U.S. Congress also struggle with jargon and therefore are faced with the ‘difficulty of giving money to something they don’t understand,’ Alda cautioned.”
Civil War Letters Come Home to Vermont – Featuring not only the letters, but also Rebekah Irwin and Special Collections!
Got my carrel! – From the Senior Admissions Fellows Blog.
With a tagline like this: “A spectacular historical atlas refashioned for the 21st century” who can resist? Check out the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States presented by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond to view a digital version of Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s atlas that was originally published in 1932.
Exciting! Students and staff at University College London serendipitously discovered a type 1a supernova in M82 on January 22. Read about it here!
Supernova in M82, before and after, by E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini, January 2014.
If you are very keen, check out the IAU Transient Object Followup Reports.
Research Desk Poetry (and more at the LIS Facebook page):
Is your refrigerator running? Then it might be spamming people.
Google is pulling the plug on guest blogging for increased ranking.
If you put an email address in a Google Calendar event’s title, that person will get a reminder of the event, even if you don’t share it with them. This is “expected behavior” according to Google.
Topic: Interactive Workshop Activities. Led by Joe Antonioli, Brenda Ellis, Stacy Reardon and Carrie Macfarlane.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
When and where: Friday, December 13, 10-11 am. LIB145.
We continue to experiment with techniques that make our workshops more interactive. Joe, Brenda, Stacy and Carrie will share their recent attempts, then turn the floor over to the group for discussion. Come ready to tell others about your own ideas, whether you’ve tested them in the classroom or not. Bring a laptop if you want to experiment with concept mapping. This is part 2 of our discussion from last October (October 2012: Increasing student participation in workshops).
“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.