Author Archives: Arabella Holzapfel

Oxford Bibliographies Online (trial ends Feb. 21, 2014)

We have trial access to Oxford Bibliographies Online, (OBO) now with a new platform, better interface and other improvements since our previous trial of this resource in October 2011.

Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides.

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Friday Links – January 17, 2014

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) becomes … STEAM?

Pew Internet & American Life Project reports on escalating use of e-books. “The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.”

Yale Students made a better version of its Course Catalog. Then Yale shut it down.

The Wikimedia Foundation’s multimedia team seeks community guidance on whether or not to support the MP4 video file format on Wikimedia projects.

MapGive – Open Mapping from the US State Department.

The latest version of Chrome will tell you which browser tabs are playing sound or using your webcam.

Adobe Adds 3D Printing Tools to Photoshop - Before 3D printers crank out objects, a user needs digital model — either one they create or download from the Internet. Once you’ve got one, though, you’ll need software that supports 3D imagery if you want to edit it. As of today, Photoshop users can design, edit and customize those 3D models similar to how you might adjust a 2D picture within the app.

10 things I DON’T miss about old technology – The good old days of 1980s technology weren’t always good. Read about 10 things few (if any) people will miss about that era.

Watch/ Read: Governor Shumlin’s 2014 Governor’s Budget Address – Delivered by Governor Peter Shumlin to the Vermont Legislature on January 15, 2014

Friday Links – January 10, 2014

Hmmmm…it’s pretty snazzy looking but how do I know if I should I trust that infographic? Fast Company has some good tips here.  (Spoiler alert: the article title is “Infographics Lie. Here’s How to Spot the B.S.”)

Interested in a story for everyone? Check out the Big History Project and “explore 13.7 billion years of shared history…”

Speaking of stories – the New York Times has compiled “2013: The Year in Interactive Storytelling” Be sure to scroll down to view the Explanatory Graphics section. You can learn about the Higgs Boson or untangle the fast choreography of a successful field goal on the football field.

How do the Digital Humanities translate to the classroom? The Chronicle spotlights UCLA and Emory in “How the Humanities Compute in the Classroom”.

How many times do people switch devices in an hour? Quite a few, according to a UK study.

Friday links – December 13, 2013

Can scholarly publishing evolve beyond the pdf? “…includes a brief history of digital publishing, and a look at how PDF and HTML have evolved. In spite of significant usability improvements, rich linking, and supporting information in HTML full-text articles, researchers still choose PDF over HTML 65% of the time.”

The allure of the print book ”… But when I touched that physical book again for the first time in years, it was like the moment you hear a nostalgic song on the radio and are instantly lost in it. The feeling of a print book, with its rough paper and thick spine, is an absorbing and pleasurable experience — sometimes more so than reading on a device. …”

Validation – What happens when garage attendant meets DMV photographer.  Watch this if you need a smile or holiday pick-me-upper.  Yes this is work related – recommended by Middlebury’s Dale Carnegie trainer.

Friday Links – Novmeber 1, 2013

The Middlebury Campus has a feature on Special Collections in this week’s issue.

WordPress 3.8 Dashboard and Admin Interface designs. We’re currently on 3.7 and the 3.8 release is targeted for December. Follow along with WordPress core development updates.

Firefox 25 released.

The PewInternet 2013 Photo & Video survey shows 43% of 18-29 year old cellphone owners use Instagram.

A Look into Facebook’s Potential to Recognize any Face.

Something scary for the day after Hallowe’en? “Silicon Valley’s ‘hit list,’ [Srinivasan] argued, had already knocked off newspapers and the music industry. Next up: ‘We’re going after advertising, television, book publishing.’ Higher education ‘is next in the gunsights.’ “

Arabic language e-books and e-journals – trial through November 22, 2013

AlmanhalMiddlebury College and the Monterey Institute for International Studies have trial access to content from academic publishers, research and scientific societies, and university presses across the Middle East available from Al Manhal until November 22, 2013.

Check it out and let us know what you think – email Ann Flower at MIIS or at Middlebury, eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Annual reviews of Economics – new resource

Middlebury College faculty, staff, and students now have full, subscribed access to  Annual Reviews – Economics Collection, from 2009 to the current issue. This includes:

If you have problems with these or any of our online journals or databases, email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or choose Library Research – Online journals and databases at go/whd.

Friday Links, October 18, 2013

11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy – Any company, organization, or individual hoping to take advantage of digital video to educate or entertain the populace or promote a product should have a video strategy in place before springing for the time and equipment involved. Educators, of course, are not exempt from the core tenets of solidifying a viable video strategy — especially when it comes to how exactly they plan to take advantage of everything the medium offers.

Who’s still not online, and why? The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports. As of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email.