Lisa Johnston: November 2010 Archives

2010 Tech Expo a Success!

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Thank you to the 140-plus Libraries staff that attended last week's second Annual Emerging Tech Expo sponsored by the IT Council and Libraries Organization Development ( http://blog.lib.umn.edu/emergingtexpoblog/ ).  We hope you enjoyed the event and came away with new awareness of the technologies, tools, and services that were showcased.  The event was the collective effort of our knowledgeable and talented staff and guests, and they are recognized and thanked here.  

First, is the extraordinarily creative and efficient IT Council Tech Expo Planning subgroup led this year by Jennifer Reckner, with members Linda Eells, Eric Forbis, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Denise Gamble, Lisa Johnston, Jan Roseen, and Scott Spicer.  

The event offered four rich, in-depth presentations by Janet Fransen, Kate Brooks, Colin McFadden (College of Pharmacy), Jason Roy, Scott Spicer, Ryan Mattke, Michael Winters, and Charlie Heinz.  

From Drupal and EthicShare to Skype and When-to-Work (and everything in-between), the Expo featured the work of our creative and engaging exhibits presenters: Sarah Morean, Lisa Johnston, Justin Dale (AHC), Layne Johnson, Kate McCready, Chad Fennel, Stephen Hearn , Janet Arth, Naun Chew, Cody Hanson, Shane Nackerud, Wayne Loftus, Anne Shelley and Arlene Matison (both from the Center for Transportation Studies), Kate Peterson, Jon Jeffreys, Kristen Mastel, Megan Kocher, Erin George, Scott Smith, Andrew Palahniuk, Beth Petsan, Charlie Heinz, Michael Winters, Philip Herold, Jerilyn Veldof, Jackie Gulbranson, Kirsten Clark, Mike Sutliff, John Barneson, Ryan Bean, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Rod Rasmussen, and Marlo Welshons. 

The Expo was "powered" by our fabulous Computer Support staff: Michael Sutliff, Joe Nanti, Monica Winker-Bergstrom, John Geertz-Larson, and Michael Winters.  

Thanks to our Tech Expo documentarians: multimedia consultant Jenny Veile (videography) and Libraries Administration student employee Heidi Miller (photography).  

Additional preparatory and on-site support was graciously provided by Ryan Mattke and Charlie Heinz.  Thank you one and all for another great technology learning and sharing experience at this year's Expo!

- John Butler, Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and member of the Tech Expo Planning Committee 
 

Presenter: Justin Dale and Layne Johnson

Profiles is a research networking and expertise mining software tool. It not only shows traditional directory information, but also illustrates how each person is connected to others in the broad research community. 

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Gadgets Table

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Presented by Mike Sutliff and Eric Forbis

A cool table displaying some of the latest techno gadgets.  Readers by Kindle and Sony, iPod Touch, iPads, Dell Netbooks, etc.  

Presenter: Erin George

Watching enthusiasm grow as TCF Bank Stadium came to life inspired a group of University Libraries staff to explore how the rich archival resources and the digital technology expertise of the Libraries could be channeled to capture and share the history of the Memorial Stadium. Photos, game footage, programs, correspondence, reports, and blueprints from the University Archives' collections were scanned by the Libraries' Digital Library Development Lab and uploaded into Omeka, a free, open source, interactive web-based publishing platform which allows visitors to the site to share their own stories and recollections of Memorial Stadium. The results is a lasting resource reflecting the history of Memorial Stadium from a wide variety of perspectives. Visit the Memorial Stadium booth to see the site in action and get an inside look at the Omeka platform.

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Presenter: Lisa Johnston
HUBzero™ is an open source platform used to create dynamic web sites for scientific research and educational activities. With HUBzero, you can easily publish your research software and related educational materials on the web.

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E-Science Tools for Librarians, Sci-Tech News August 2010