EdLab Review: Intern Sushi

Submitted by Laura Costello on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 11:43am.
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There have been several startups aimed at reinventing résumé and achievement presentation. Intern Sushi launched with an eye to presentation in film, television, sports, music, fashion and advertising internships and has since expanded, mostly into tech. The site is dual purpose, helping prospective interns create exciting achievement records and prospective employers sift creatively through the résumé deluge.

Pros:
Résumé presentation is only one aspect of Sushi, which aims to become a social network and task management platform for the entire internship process. As an employer, you’re able to assign projects and track progress through the site and when the internship is over, upload a recommendation video to the student’s profile. The site’s paid features are tempting and clever, premium interns are able to post unlimited videos targeted at specific positions and get a 48-hour advance on applying to all positions.

 

Research Digest: Copywrong

Submitted by Laura Costello on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 10:17am.
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McDermott, A. J. (2012). Copyright: Regulation Out of Line with Our Digital Reality? Information Technology and Libraries, 31(1).

Description:
The article explores several facets of the current copyright landscape for libraries beginning with a discussion of the restrictions of the Digital Millennium Copyright act and the copyright term extension act of 1998. The author goes on to detail the issues arising from digitization, especially in the case of orphan works and the challenges to service that stem from an increasingly digital and increasingly restricted materials base. The very concept of ownership has shifted to a licensing model in the case of digital materials and this shift has significant implications for access.

 

Google Play's Rebranding Effort

Submitted by Laura Costello on Wed, 03/07/2012 - 3:36pm.
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Google's announcement of their new media destination yesterday was met with a collective "huh?" and much indifference, possibly because it isn't actually new. The announcement accompanied the debut of a browser-based site, but the Android Market has run the new look for several months already. The concept is an iTunes-esque cross-platform media destination and a mass rebranding effort. Expect your Android Market to evolve into the oddly-named "Play Store" in the coming weeks though pretty much everything else will be the same. Google Play will also consume the traditionally problematic Google Books, which will become "Play Books" (everybody now!: "huh?") Though the polished-up incarnation of the Books platform excitingly undercuts Amazon on price.

 

Research Digest: Room Reservation Systems

Submitted by Laura Costello on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 6:25pm.
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Doherty, T. M. & White, E. R. (2012). Room reservations at VCU Libraries. College & Research Libraries News, 73(3), 142-146.

Faust, B. D. et al. (2010). OpenRoom: Making Room Reservation Easy for Students and Faculty. Code4lib Journal, 10.

Due to a recent collection and facilities expansion, The James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University found itself in need of a room reservation system that mirrored its commitment to accessibility and fairness. While they considered analog room sign-ups, they eventually decided to adopt the OpenRoom, an open source room-booking software developed at Ball State University. The group behind OpenRoom developed the system in 2010 for similar reasons and the system is currently used in 4 institutions including Ball State and VCU. Both VCU and Ball state felt that current ILS-based and commercial booking software failed to produce successful patron-driven room booking systems.

 

Access to Research Panel

Submitted by Laura Costello on Tue, 02/28/2012 - 6:42pm.
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Today Jo and I attended the Panel to Consider Recent Developments in Access to Research at Columbia University. The panel was meant to discuss the Elsevier boycott, the Research Works Act, and the Occupy movement as they relate to traditional and digital scholarly publishing. This article is a compilation of collaborative notes we took during the presentation. The panel included:

Allan Adler, Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs in the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Association of American Publishers
Oona Schmid, the Director of Publishing at the American Anthropological Association
Peter Woit, a blogger and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Columbia University

 

EdLab Review: Booktype

Submitted by Laura Costello on Fri, 02/24/2012 - 7:41pm.
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Booktype is a social book creation platform which allows users to seamlessly collaborate and edit e-books.

Pros:
The books are organized hierarchically by chapter, but in practice the titles are organized more like a website than a book perhaps because of the constantly available sidebar navigation. This makes for reference book-esque content, a refreshing born-digital departure. The group capability seems very useful too, especially for editor control of collaborative projects. It could make a very slick long group paper in a classroom setting and it doesn’t hurt that it’s free and endlessly cross-formattable.

Cons:
Booktype’s UI is extremely simple, perhaps even plain. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in a book creation platform, but it looks like an antique next to the lush, media-heavy offerings from Apple and Inkling. They also don’t seem to have attracted a very active user base; many people have signed up for the site but very few are actively creating books or groups.

 

Research Digest: Are Books Becoming Extinct?

Submitted by Laura Costello on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 6:45pm.
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Dewan, P. (2012). Are books becoming extinct in academic libraries? New Library World, 113, 1/2, 27-37.

This article analyzes data from publishers, providers, and libraries to draw conclusions about the future of libraries in relation to e-content. E-readers are becoming more prevalent and traditional book-centric reading is no longer the standard for many people. Still, she argues, the library’s place is to provide the format that patrons require and there are many reasons to resist digital purchasing especially with the perpetually uneasy relationship between publishers and libraries.

OCLC’s 2010 publication Perceptions of Libraries shows that “books” is the word people most strongly associate with libraries. The marketing of libraries will have to change dramatically for increasingly book-independent institutions. The shift from “book” to something like “knowledge” or “collaboration” will rely on the creation of spaces, resources, and collections that accept new information formats and add value. Our strategies for doing this are well accepted but our worth will have to be defined separately from our role as a content provider.

 

Trends in Ed: The Continuing Saga of Shadow Government

Submitted by Laura Costello on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:35am.
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What does it take to create the educational video game of the future? Props if you guessed a successful gaming startup, data and software from the Millennium Institute, Facebook, Swiss angel investors, and a million dollars. Shadow Government has been in the pipeline for over a year but with Playmatic’s first political title set to drop later this month, the hype may be on the up. The startup was behind the much talked about Find the Future gaming experience put on by the New York Public Library last year and seems to have an ongoing commitment to creating games with tie-in or real life applications.

 

Flatworld Book Sprint

Submitted by Laura Costello on Wed, 02/22/2012 - 4:57pm.
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Flatworld Knowledge is hacking the CS textbook in honor of Open Education Week. They aim to flash create an OER, adaptable textbook for computer science in one day, March 8th. It seems like an effective plan for a subject that doesn’t always gel with traditional publishing models. They’ll gather a group of experts in Boston, eke out a table of contents collaboratively and break out to color in the content. The result should be a fresh to death testament to web-inspired content creation models, but even if it flops it sounds like a party. Sign up here!

Watch the Vialogue!

 

EdLab Review: Clik

Submitted by Laura Costello on Fri, 02/17/2012 - 1:05pm.
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Elegant and magical, Clik lets you control any browser with your phone by simply scanning a QR code on their website. As of today, only the proof of concept YouTube app is functional, but the Clik platform is open for development and cooler things are most certainly on the way.

Pros:
It’s foolproof. Available for Android and iPhone, it’s as simple as downloading an app and going to a website. Multiple users can share the same QR code, a feature which is sure to revolutionize group YouTubing. The most exciting part of the app is its potential to streamline group presentations and make all the squitchy clickers and cables obsolete. The app will most certainly soon expand to Google Docs— how nice would it be to know you could have your presentation at hand as long as you have an Internet connection?

 
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