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Friday Links – May 2, 2014

At Middlebury, we’ve been using Summon as the discovery layer for our library collections for the last several years.  The recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about discovery tools is an interesting read:

As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools

Many professors and students gravitate to Google as a gateway to research. Libraries want to offer them a comparably simple and broad experience for searching academic content. As a result, a major change is under way in how libraries organize information. Instead of bewildering users with a bevy of specialized databases—books here, articles there—many libraries are bulldozing their digital silos. They now offer one-stop search boxes that comb entire collections, Google style.

That’s the ideal, anyway. The reality is turning out to be messier.

Read the rest of the article here

Ideal lengths of tweets, facebook updates, blog posts, etc. (Hint: facebook updates – really, really short)

Dartmouth Pops the Champagne as Basic Programming Language Turns 50 – Basic, the programming language that revolutionized computing by making it accessible to people beyond the worlds of science and engineering, turns 50 this week, and it’s getting a birthday party.

How the 5 hottest tech jobs are changing IT – The IT industry is shifting. Here are five jobs coming to the forefront and how they are transforming the IT department.

How to Delete Yourself from the Internet – You can make yourself “disappear” from the Internet. But be forewarned: Most of the following tactics are irreversible.

Flipped learning skepticism: Is flipped learning just self-teaching?

Bicycle-powered charger

Friday Links – April 18, 2014

Photos: 15 gadgets to reduce your energy consumption – Earth Day is April 22, so it’s a great time to take a step back and look at your personal energy consumption.

The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind the Secretive Lab’s Closed Doors – Space elevators, teleportation, hoverboards, and driverless cars: the top secret Google X innovation lab opens up about what it does–and how it thinks.

Benjamin Bratton on “What’s wrong with TED Talks?” A, er, TED talk …

“… This is taking something of substance and value and coring it out so it can be swallowed without chewing.  This is not how we’ll confront our most frightening problems. This is one of our most frightening problems. …” [around 2:00]

There are a lot of digital stories being told at Middlebury. Check out a few here.

13 Ways To Be A Great Public Speaker – Rehearsing your body language and getting proper rest are effective tactics for reducing public speaking anxiety and ensuring that you give a memorable presentation.

Friday Links – April 11, 2014

Evidence that taking notes by hand is a better bet. “… Although laptop users took almost twice the amount of notes as those writing longhand, they scored significantly lower in the conceptual part of the test. ….”

Wearable Mi.Mu gloves: The next big breakthrough in music? – Imogen Heap and a team of engineers and artists seek to put musical innovation, in the palm of your hand, literally.

 

New to the library, April edition

In addition to the recently announced Annual Reviews of Economics and Chinese Newspaper Archive, more new library collections are rolling in:

Research Databases

Encyclopedias

Journals, etc.

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Nope, nothing new in this photo. Starr Library, 1945

Environment and Agriculture – Taylor and Francis journal collection (trial through April 30)

Because Middlebury was ranked by Sierra Magazine as one of the “Cool Schools,” Taylor & Francis is graciously providing us with free access to the 212 journals in their Environment and Agriculture Collection.

Since there isn’t a specific page or website for these journals, after the trial we will see whether the journals in this collection were used sufficiently to justify a subscription. Find articles in these journals by searches in Summon, or searching the Taylor and Francis Online platform, or link to the journals from go/journals. A complete list of journal titles can be found here.

NAACP Papers (trial ends April 30, 2014)

Middlebury College has free access through April 30th to the NAACP Papers section of the ProQuest History Vault. Browse-able and searchable by full-text, this collection includes documents from NAACP Conferences, legal pursuits, correspondence of all kinds, political activities and more.

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

 

Art and Architecture streaming video (trial ends April 21, 2014)

View any of over 700 videos highlighting many aspects of art and architecture, including

  • Art – drawing, painting, sculpture
  • Art appreciation
  • Art history
  • Many architectural periods, including Baroque, Medieval, and Modern

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and more! The Art & Architecture collection from Films on Demand is available on a trial basis to the Middlebury College community through April 21, 2014.

Let us know what you think! Drop an email to eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.