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Digital Media Bootcamp Update

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Wilson Media Lab

Wilson Media Lab

Three of the Adobe workshops have filled up, as well as the Omeka workshop. We have added four more workshops to the series to accommodate the demand:

Adobe Photoshop @ 1pm January 5, 2015
Adobe InDesign @ 2:45pm January 12, 2015
Building Digital Exhibits with Omeka @ 2:45pm January 14, 2015
Adobe Illustrator @ 1pm January 22, 2015

Other popular workshops include:

Equipment Demo: Scanners, Plotters and more @ 2:45pm January 6, 2015
Equipment Demo: Cameras @ 1pm January 8, 2015
iMovie @ 2:45pm January 8, 2015
Quicktime, SnapZ Pro, MPEG Streamclip @ 1pm January 12, 2015
Portfolios Using WordPress @ 2:45pm January 19, 2015
Crafting Digital Narratives with Scalar @ 2:45pm January 21, 2015
Audio Software @ 2:45pm January 26, 2015

Please visit the Digital Media Bootcamp site for the complete listing of workshops and the space availability.

Thanksgiving hours at the Libraries

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Davis Family Library
Monday 11/24: 7:30 am – 1 am
Tuesday 11/25: 7:30 am – 8 pm
Wednesday 11/26: 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday-Saturday 11/27-29: CLOSED
Sunday 11/30: 24/7 exam period begins at 9 am. Card access only outside of regular library hours.

Armstrong Library
Monday 11/24: 7:45 am – midnight
Tuesday 11/25: 7:45 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11/26: 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday-Saturday 11/27-29: CLOSED
Sunday 11/30: 4 pm – midnight

Classroom LIB105 to be renovated and expanded

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To meet the high demand for interactive video conferencing spaces on campus the College has decided to fast track a renovation and expansion of the LIB105 classroom. LIB105 will go off-line after this semester and the renovated space will go back online for the Summer Language School session. The room will be enlarged to the east, increasing its size by about 1/3. The finished room will be dividable into two spaces, each with its own entry door. The space will have high end, state of the art video conferencing equipment.

Changes to shelving and seating

The six study carrels on the east wall of 105 will be removed. We will reuse the lockers from these study carrels in carrels located elsewhere in the library.

To open up additional floor space, seven static ranges of shelves will be converted to compact shelving, compressing the collection against the existing compact shelving in the SE corner of the floor. To make the shelving conversion possible, right after classes end in December, the books (specifically, PS 214 – PS 3569 E5) and shelves will be temporarily moved to the Harman Periodicals Reading Area. The temporary shelves will stay in place during January and into February while the new exterior wall of 105 is built and the compact shelving units are installed, then the books will be moved from Harman back onto the new compact shelving. A few of the big blue easy chairs from Harman will be placed between the showcases and book stacks, and the rest will be staged on the upper level of Davis Library. The newspapers and magazines will continue to be accessible. All the books will continue to be available for use except for the short time they’re actually moving from one spot to the other and back. The new compact shelving and the static book stacks on the north side of LIB105 will be accessible throughout the spring semester while the renovation of 105 continues.

Facilities Services will do what it can to minimize noise and dust. This project is quite similar to the expansion of LIB140 a few years ago, which was, overall, quite painless and had little impact on people in the building.

Changes to room scheduling

The LIB105 classroom is currently used as an instruction and computer lab space. In January 2015, when the renovation begins, this will change. Scheduling and events staff are working on policies for the new videoconferencing room and for the LIB140 classroom, which has just been opened to use outside of the Economics Department. The library has given feedback on these proposed policies.

For now, we know:

  • LIB105 will be closed for renovation from January 2015 through the spring term.
  • When LIB105 reopens as a videoconferencing and meeting space, in time for Language Schools, it will be quite different. For one thing, it will no longer have computers! And in terms of scheduling, videoconferencing events will receive priority.
  • Beginning in Janjuary, students looking for a computer lab in the Library will need to use other rooms, including LIB140 and LIB220, the Wilson Media Lab. There are computer labs outside the library too, of course.
  • From January through the end of the spring term, classes that would have been scheduled in LIB105 will need to be scheduled elsewhere.
  • Even after LIB105 reopens in the summer, videoconferencing needs will get higher priority than instruction.

Questions? Post here, or contact your liaison.

We’ll post updates here as often as we can.

Reminder: Key Survey Scheduled Downtime on Nov 22 for Upgrade to version 8.6

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KeySurvey LogoThe following information is important only for individuals having a Key Survey account used to create, distribute, and work with surveys and response data.

WorldAPP (our Key Survey host) is excited to announce that your Key Survey / Form.com account will be upgraded to the new software version 8.6. on  Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, between the hours of:

EST:   1 AM and 10 AM / GMT:    6 AM and 3 PM

Loaded with variety of new features, this latest software update introduces many of the advanced task management and workflow capabilities that you, our customers, have asked us for.

Please note that your account may be unavailable during the system upgrade. Your respondents attempting to access surveys, forms or reports will receive a friendly notification of the system maintenance in progress. Once the maintenance has been completed, the application and all survey/form/report links will be accessible.

To learn more about version 8.6 software release ahead of time, visit the Fall ’14 Release Promo page.

If you have any questions about this update please feel free to contact support@worldapp.com.

Sub Sandwich? No, Try a Subpage or Sidebar Instead! (Updated Drupal/Work Session Schedule)

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Sub SandwichDo you need to learn how to edit your department’s website?  Would you like to know how to add sub pages, pictures and sidebars?  Our intro class will give you what you need to get started.  We’ll cover the basics of Drupal so you’ll be able to add links, pictures, and a host of other cool things to your site right away.

For you more advanced users who may be tackling needs beyond the basics (such as converting your forms), join us for a work session or two.  We’ll help you get the job done and you’ll leave with the “know how.”

Visit go/techworkshops/ to view the updated tech workshop schedule and sign up for the classes that fit your needs.

New Mac OS 10.10 (“Yosemite”) Released

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Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.x), released on 16 October 2014 and is available as an upgrade for faculty and staff who are currently running Mavericks (10.9.x).  If your machine is running Mavericks (10.9.x) or Mountain Lion (10.8.x) the upgrade will appear automatically in Software Updates under the Apple Menu.  If your machine is running Snow Leopard (10.6.x) or Lion (10.7.x), you will need to contact the Technology HelpDesk to discuss upgrade options.

As with all operating system upgrades, there are potential issues of compatibility with applications and services and we are currently neither promoting nor discouraging the upgrade.  New computers provided for faculty and staff will continue to have 10.9.5 (Mavericks) installed for now; public labs are not scheduled to be updated to Yosemite at this time.  Knowing that there will be “early adopters” who opt to upgrade right away, we have created a site to share known issues and areas of concern.  Visit go/yosemite/ to view — or add to — this work-in-progress.

Yosemite has several improvements, including better support of multiple monitors, handoff capabilities between Yosemite and iOS8 devices, and enhanced iCloud Drive capabilities.  See Apple’s complete list of what’s new in Yosemite or take a personal tour using lynda.com’s new, hour-long course, Mac OS X Yosemite New Features.

Friday Links – October 17, 2014

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Time for a Thesis – From the Senior Admissions Fellows Blog, a self-reflective essay by a History major on the impact of our annual message to seniors about thesis carrel signup and research support. His conclusion is quite nice: “When I think ahead to the books and research, I am not so much nervous as I am excited,” he says.

Practicing Collaborative Digital Pedagogy to Foster Digital Literacies in Humanities Classrooms – This article presents two case studies of classes who employed different techniques to “foster digital literacies in humanities students using distinct approaches for each course.” My key takeaway hinged on one student’s observation: “Through creating an infographic in Easel.ly, I learned that it is very important to develop skills in being able to pick out important information from the vast amounts that you can easily find online.”

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning – A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In this article, we’ll take a look at the neural and hormonal responses that underpin a student’s stress response, and make a few suggestions for continuing to teach through the challenges it presents.

Upcoming Battery Will Charge Phones And Electric Cars in Minutes – It takes about an hour to fully charge a cell phone, and the battery lasts about two to three years over 500 charge cycles. However, a new design could reduce charge time to only a few minutes and the battery is expected to last for 10,000 charge cycles over a 20 year lifespan.

FireChat in Hong Kong: How an app tapped its way into the protests
(CNN) — The revolution will not be televised but it will be tweeted, instant messaged or, in the case of Hong Kong, broadcast on mesh networks like FireChat.