October 2011 Archives

ALA 2010 Highlights

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This past ALA I was busy running around to meetings, so I attended very few presentations. However, I got the most ideas, inspiration and connections through visiting the poster sessions. A few that stood out to me were:


  • International Scholars and Information Literacy Skills: Outreach and Instruction by Nikhat J. Ghouse
    I particularly was interested in hearing more about the 4 weeks intensive English immersion research component; more info can be found on her LibGuide.

  • We are currently revising an Online Privacy workshop, so I was very interested in Casey Schacher's Privacy: A Year-Long Outreach Campaign poster.
    Their integration across campus through events, posters, videos and workshops was a well thought through campaign.

  • Playgarism: Get your game on had the most unique and eye-catching layout. I am definately going to keep tabs on this project! It has a great foundation.
  • Brian Sullivan of Loyola University New Orleans showed me examples of ingographics he created with students during instruction sessions using a few new tools to me: Creately, Gapminder, Google Public Data Explorer, Many Eyes, Prezi, Stat Planet, and Tagxedo. I am definitely going to try this with a class this year!

  • Since we hired an Instructional Designer I have been interested in ID. Lauren Olewnik's poster, Deliberate design an instructional face-lift, provided a nice walk through of redesigning a course-integrated instruction session.

In the past I skipped over the posters, but I won't make that mistake again. Looking forward to more great posters in 2012!

Schedule of Events
Food Expo

Held in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union
9am - 5pm: Expo booths open
11am-1pm: Food provided by Birchwood Cafe and Common Roots Catering

11:30am: Good Food Rally Mayor R.T. Rybak to lead the Good Food Rally!
Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis and Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul are signing a joint proclamation, declaring October 24th as annual Food Day in the Twin Cities! Mayor Rybak, a representative from St. Paul and other local leaders will be a part of the Good Food Rally at the Food Expo at 11:30 AM on October 24th in the Great Hall of Coffman Union.

Food Day Sessions all day
Held in the Campus Club, Room ABC, 4th floor of Coffman


7pm: "Dirty Work" Film Screening (Science Teaching and Student Services building, Room 230) Trailer: http://vimeo.com/30026208

The Importance and Relevance of Metadata

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Yesterday I attended the Embedded Metadata: An Explanation with Real World Uses workshop remotely, as an Art Libraries Society of North America- Twin Cities partnered event. The workshop was led by Greg Reser, metadata specialist at the University of California, San Diego, and you can find the materials on the website. I am not an art librarian or visual resource professional, however we all are impacted by metedata, or the lack there of. Ever tried to make a mixed CD or playlist for someone and had difficulty finding that song on your computer or in your stack of CDs? Why? Lack of metadata.

For me I run into this more with keeping track of articles downloaded and various Word and PDF documents. Sure, I can name things accurately, but wouldn't it be better if it could have a bunch of labels and descriptors rather than just a file name? Enter products like Adobe Pro, which I am just starting to use and very excited about the ability to embed data within the document. No longer do I have to rely on RefWorks or Zotero to tag items, but I can do it myself.

A few highlights from the workshop for me were:


  • On Flickr click on EXIF Data- here is where your data will appear if you embed it within your image!

  • Ever lost original images on your computer? Bulkr is a free tool to download metadata from Flickr.

  • XnView, Bridge and NikonView all allow you to embed metadata fairly easily for a novice like me!

  • Many of the programs will break a name such as Mastel, Kristen into two tags, so to keep them together use quotations. (Hopefully this will improve.)

  • I finally know what DiCOM means when my husband uses it! It is the metadata schema that is used in the medical fields.

Look for the recording in the near future. It was very approachable and applicable no matter if you digitize images, work on a digital repository or just have a bunch of stuff you need to organize on your computer.