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Nov 14 2011 - 03:37 PM
Mashing Up: Monday Work Groups
We don’t serve mashed potatoes at high noon, but freshly baked cookies, coffee, and tea aren’t too bad an alternative. They sweeten the taste for technology – on a day when we sift through piles of weekend e-mail, as we look hungrily to the week ahead. On the second Monday of each month, experts from across the library meet with students, faculty, and staff to chat about technology, field wide-ranging questions, and ponder ideas for strengthening service to a tech-conscious community of library users. It’s not a show-down, but rather “a mixture or fusion of disparate elements” – a mash-up, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary -- and more metaphorically, a means to join data, presentation, or functionality from two or more sources to create new service. Enter Pressible, Blackboard, Vialogues, and grant seeking tools – sources for content creation, whether in publishing, distance learning, video discussion, or research and projects.  We offer a curious blend of perspectives, fusing likes and dislikes in the course of conversation among small, but eager works groups. Interesting questions and telling remarks surface… Why blog with a new tool rather than an existing one? Is one course platform really better than another? How? Another version of Youtube?! vs. Cool idea, the idea is great… There’s still money out there…?! Join us for the next mash up, Monday, 11/14, 12 noon, in 305 Russell, as we continue to explore options.