Author Archives: Arabella Holzapfel

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (trial ends August 7, 2014)

For thirty days, the Middlebury College community has free access to the Oxford Language Dictionaries

OLDO

The innovative Oxford Language Dictionaries Online site offers essential language resources never before available online: fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages.

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

Friday Links – July 4, 2014

Mostly language-neutral fireworks display for the fourth of July at Middlebury. Keep the sound on. [Warning: English spoken (sung by Katy Perry) from 5:00 through 8:37)]

A different kind of fireworks – real-time cyber-attacks

The 100-year legacy of World War I - fascinating interactive piece from the New York Times

What is an eBook? How do Publishers price it? Includes a video produced by an Italian publisher that describes all the production costs behind the price of a book – print or digital.

Why the future of tech demands smarter people, not smarter gadgets – The next 30 years of innovation risk being wasted unless society does a better job of educating people about the potential – and downsides – of technology.

New Language Resources!

The Middlebury College community now has access to two resources of full-text journals and e-books in languages other than English!

 

*Records for the books and journals in these collections will be in the library catalog in the coming weeks.

+Please note that our access to content in Torrossa does not include every title. When you do a search, icons indicating subscribed access appear next to items included in the EIO Italian Studies Collection.

Friday Links – June 20, 2014

Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University and author of the Scholarly Communications blog, is a co-host of a 4-week MOOC – Copyright for Educators and Librarians. Also participating will be Lisa Macklin, Director of the Scholarly Communications Office at the library of Emory University, and Anne Gilliland, Scholarly Communications Officer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Friday Links – June 13, 2014

HathiTrust Digital Library Wins Latest Round in Battle With Authors – Chronicle of Higher Education

Something one just needs to read.  Nice images, too!

The first half is this incredibly dark rant about how the Internet is alienating and inhuman, how it’s turning us all into lonely monsters.”

“But in the second half, I’ll turn it around and present my vision of an alternative future. I’ll get the audience fired up like a proper American motivational speaker. After the big finish, we’ll burst out of the conference hall into the streets of Düsseldorf, hoist the black flag, and change the world.”

As I was preparing this talk, however, I found it getting longer and longer. In the interests of time, I’m afraid I’m only going to be able to present the first half…

 

Friday links – June 6, 2014

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 AnalysisSocialBook, 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.”

Friday Links – May 16, 2014

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!

Friday links – May 9, 2014

Net Neutrality – at risk again, now by the FCC.

Open-Source Software for College Administrators Reaches ‘Tipping Point’ After 10 Years – In 2004, when information-technology leaders at Indiana University and the University of Hawaii announced plans to develop a financial-management system for higher education and distribute it free, they met plenty of skepticism.

SisOps: Girl Friendly Tech Programs (article)
Provides descriptions of a number of different programs and opportunities for girls to get interested in and use technology.  From School Library Journal.