If you aren’t familiar with Foursquare, the social media location-based game, a brief explanation comes from their website: “We’re all about helping you find new ways to explore the city. We’ll help you meet up with your friends and let you earn points and unlock badges for discovering new places, doing new things and meeting … Continue reading Who’s the next mayor of Gleeson Library?
Its official – students, faculty and staff can now check out a Kindle at Gleeson Library. Because the Kindle will likely be quite popular for the next few weeks, the best way to borrow it is to make a reservation (we call it a booking). To make a booking, you need to stop by Gleeson … Continue reading Borrow a Kindle @ Gleeson Library
The New York Times recently published an interesting article about how the traditional peer review process is being looked at in the context of the democracy of the web. It described an experiment by the journal Shakespeare Quarterly which posted four articles not yet accepted for publication and invited people to submit comments on the … Continue reading Peer Review and the web
By now you might have seen a few of these funny looking things around Gleeson Library or the Lone Mountain Reading Room. They are called Quick Response (QR) codes. When scanned by a smart phone you can download all sorts of information. For example, if you scan the code to the right with your smart … Continue reading Quick Response Codes
With 131 chemistry theses available full-text online, the chemistry phase of the Master’s Thesis Project is now finished. The chemistry theses are searchable by content, using “Thesis Keyword,” under Advanced Keyword Search in Ignacio.” The image below is from Youling Zou’s 2005 thesis, Attempted identification and characterization of metallothionein in Dictyostelium discoideum, and depicts the … Continue reading Chemistry master’s theses are now available full-text online
In 6 Lessons One Campus Learned About E-Textbooks the Chronicle of Higher Education provides an intriguing report on Northwest Missouri State University’s experiment with e-textbooks. In a move to cut costs of the campus textbook-rental program, the university provided 240 students with textbooks on Sony Reader devices. Frustrated with the software and format, the next … Continue reading E-textbooks experiment — wave of the future?
With all the talk about printed newspapers dying out, there’s a funny video on YouTube from a 1981 news program on San Francisco’s KRON channel 4. On it, they describe how some people are now able to read the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle using their home computers. It’s a great reminder of … Continue reading Reading newspapers on computers in 1981
Following the digitization of our computer science and theology master’s theses, we now have a total of 123 biology master’s theses available full-text online. They cover a period dating from the present, back to 1950. With the exception of a few of the very oldest, whose text defied character recognition, these are all searchable by … Continue reading Biology master’s theses are now available full-text online.
There was a recent interesting article in The Atlantic about the web and the impact it may be having on the way we read. Asking “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” the author, Nicholas Carr, is not some mindless Luddite saying the web is always bad, but he says he can see within himself that he … Continue reading Is Google Making Us Stupid?
We’ve gotten rid of our 4-year-old computers in the Reference and Periodicals Rooms, replacing 17 Dells and 12 Apples all with new iMacs like the ones pictured above. These computers have been specially configured to run Windows XP in addition to Mac OS X. At startup, you can choose which operating system you would like … Continue reading New Computers
A new search engine launched yesterday has been causing quite a buzz. Cuil (pronounced “cool”), was founded by a couple of ex-Google employees and does a few things differently than other search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft (the big-three have about 90% of the search market). As you can see below, successful searches … Continue reading Taking on Google – Cuil
Finding the fulltext of government funded research and news just got a lot easier! That’s because Gleeson Library|Geschke Center just added 438 U.S. government periodicals to Journal Finder. Just go to Journal Finder on the library’s homepage, type in the name of the government periodical (e.g., “Peace Watch”), and you’ll get a link to the … Continue reading Government Periodicals – Online!
Need to send a fax? Students and staff can send faxes at the University Center. Go to the Event Services and Information Desk Room 301, on the 3rd floor of the UC. (The office is right in front of you when you walk in the entrance from Harney Plaza.) It costs 50 cents per page. Continue reading Got Fax?
The deadline to register for the AJCU 2008 Joint Conference on Information Technology Management, Libraries and Educational Technology has been extended to March 14. Continue reading IT Conference Deadline Extended
Register for the AJCU 2008 Joint Conference on Information Technology Management, Libraries and Educational Technology, a joint conference including librarians and leaders in technology management and educational technologies, hosted by USF. Continue reading USF Hosts Conference on IT, Library & Educational Techology