katep: November 2011 Archives

Saint Paul Public Library was one of 12 winners of a national competition to build 21st Century learning labs in museums and2011 Camp Bannerlibraries around the country. The 12 recipients of this round of grants were selected out of a pool of 98 applicants from 32 states. Applications were evaluated by professionals with relevant expertise in digital media and learning & museum and library management. Support for this project comes from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 


The Saint Paul Learning Labs Project will enable Saint Paul Public Library and its partner, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department, to create a comprehensive plan integrating best practices for digital engagement for youth. The project will include a shared facility, a mobile lab, and the online iRemix portal. These new spaces will help provide safe, resource rich environments where youth, especially "at risk" urban youth, can "hang out, mess around, and geek out" on projects that help them gain 21st century skills.  


Selection of DH sessions at the upcoming MLA conference in January....(2 with folks from U of M) copied full stop from another blog: http://www.samplereality.com/2011/10/04/digital-humanities-sessions-at-the-2012-mla-conference-in-seattle/

9. Large Digital Libraries: Beyond Google Books

12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., 611, WSCC

Presiding: Michael Hancher Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Speakers: Tanya E. Clement, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; Amanda L. French, George Mason Univ.; George Oates, Open Library; Glenn Roe, Univ. of Chicago; Andrew M. Stauffer, Univ. of Virginia; Jeremy York, HathiTrust Digital Library

For a prospectus, visit mh.cla.umn.edu/MLA2012.pdf.

Aside from Google Books, the two principal repositories for digitized books areOpen Library and HathiTrust Digital LibraryDigital Public Library of America is now in its planning stage. What are the merits and prospects of these three projects? How can they be improved? What role should scholars play in their improvement? These questions will be addressed by participants in each project and by others experienced in the digital humanities.

34. The Future of Peer Review

12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Issaquah, Sheraton

Presiding: Sean Scanlan, New York City Coll. of Tech., City Univ. of New York

  1. "Making Online Peer Review Interactive: Sticky Notes and Highlighters," Cheryl E. Ball, Illinois State Univ.
  2. "The Bearable Light of Openness: Renovating Obsolete Peer-Review Bottlenecks," Aaron J. Barlow, New York City Coll. of Tech., City Univ. of New York
  3. "The Law Review Approach: What the Humanities Can Learn," Allen Mendenhall, Auburn Univ., Auburn

444. Preservation Is (Not) Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

10:15-11:30 a.m., 307, WSCC

Presiding: Robert H. Kieft, Occidental Coll.

Speakers: Rod Gauvin, ProQuest; John Kiplinger, JSTOR; Laura C. Mandell, Texas A&M Univ., College Station; John Wilkin, HathiTrust Digital Library

Responding: Joan Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information

For abstracts, visit www.wiu.edu/users/wat100/2012/ after 1 Dec.

The speakers will discuss the preservation of texts as a core purpose of libraries, engaging questions regarding the tasks of deciding what materials to preserve and when and which to let go: best practices; institutional and collective roles for the preservation of materials in various formats; economics and governance structures of preserving materials; issues of tools, standards, and platforms for digital materials.

467. The Future of Teaching

12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Grand C, Sheraton

Presiding: Priscilla B. Wald, Duke Univ.

  1. "Gaming the Humanities Classroom," Patrick Jagoda, Univ. of Chicago
  2. "Intimacy in Three Acts," Margaret Rhee, Univ. of California, Berkeley
  3. "One Course, One Project," Jentery Sayers, Univ. of Victoria
  4. "The Meta Teacher," Bulbul Tiwari, Stanford Univ.

This session features innovative advanced doctoral students and junior scholars who are making their mark as scholars and as teachers using new interactive, multimedia technologies of writing and publishing in their research and classrooms. The panelists cross the boundaries of the humanities, arts, sciences, and technology and are committed to new forms of scholarship and pedogogy. They practice the virtues of open, public, digitally accessible thinking and represent the vibrancy of our profession. Fiona Barnett, Duke Univ., will coordinate live Twitter feeds and other input during the session.

482. Of Kings' Treasuries and the E-Protean Invasion: The Evolving Nature of Scholarly Research

12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., 613, WSCC

Presiding: Jude V. Nixon, Salem State Univ.

Speakers: Douglas M. Armato, Univ. of Minnesota Press; Harriett Green, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Dean J. Smith, Project MUSE; Pierre A. Walker, Salem State Univ.

This roundtable addresses the veritable explosion of emerging technologies (Google Books, Wikipedia, and e-readers) currently available to faculty members to enhance their scholarly research and how these resources are altering fundamentally the method of scholarly research. The session also wishes to examine access to these technologies and how they interact with the traditional research library and the still meaningful role, if any, it plays in scholarly research.

487. Context versus Convenience: Teaching Contemporary Business Communication through Digital Media

12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., 306, WSCC

Presiding: Mahli Xuan Mechenbier, Kent State Univ.

  1. "Reenvisioning and Renovating the Twenty-First-Century Business Communication Classroom," Lara Smith-Sitton, Georgia State Univ.
  2. "Contextualizing Conventions: Technology in Business Writing Classrooms," Suanna H. Davis, Houston Community Coll., Central Coll., TX
  3. "Teaching Business Communication through Simulation Games," Katherine V. Wills, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ., Columbus

Promotion in Undergrad Update

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Kindles for InterLibrary Loan

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Article: "Lightning fast interlibrary loan: Using e-readers for on-demand delivery" 
from University of Nebraska-Omaha
College and Research Libraries News

  • Traditionally, ILL book (loan) requests can be filled in only two of the following three ways--fast, cheap, or easy. It could be fast and cheap, but not easy; could be fast and easy, but not cheap; could be cheap and easy, but not fast. With the arrival of e-readers and e-books, it is possible to have it all--fast, cheap, and easy. The ability to deliver patron requests in a few minutes compared to days is profound.
  • ILL patrons will have a choice between Kindle book or traditional book staff purchases the title and have the e-reader waiting at the circulation desk for pickup.
  • If the patron responds affirmatively, ILL 
  • "I actually tried making a photocopy of a page on the Kindle, and it worked."

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