Category Archives: Information Technology

What’s going on in the world of information science and technology? We’ll post items here.

Lynda.com – Tutorials for Everything

Lynda.com is a fantastic website and resource for technology training. University of the Arts’ subscription to the site allows you to access tutorials for a wide range of subjects. On it there are hundreds of online courses that can help you to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Excel, etc., as well as management and presentation skills. The service is connected to LinkedIn and allows you to add skills to your professional profile. You can use this service to seriously beef up your resume and collect a number of work-related skills. You can also choose to follow more general learning paths like “Become a Content Marketer” or “Become a Project Coordinator”.
Learn everything from graphic design to coding through this service made free through University of the Arts’ subscription. Maybe even use it to knock out a New Year’s resolution or two.

One note: The first time you log into Lynda, you have to go through the UArts portal to register. After doing that once and setting up a Lynda account, you can access it directly, including on its mobile app!

Post by Jo Dutilloy, Music Library Circulation Assistant

A/V Equipment

Have you ever found yourself on campus with a paper due tomorrow, 5% battery, and your laptop charger forgotten at home? Don’t worry, UArts Libraries have your back! From laptop chargers to headphones, you can check these out at the circulation desks to use in the library:

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  • Macbook chargers (Magsafe 1 & 2)
  • iPhone chargers
  • Micro USB cords (for Android & other phones)
  • Headphones
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Ethernet cords
  • DVD USB drive
  • iPad

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Music Library

  • Macbook chargers (Magsafe 1 & 2)
  • iPods
  • iPad
  • iPhone chargers
  • Micro USB cords (for Android & other phones)
  • Headphones
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Ethernet cords

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We’re trying something new this semester!

The Libraries are test driving something new this semester: OneSearch, which lets you search for articles from the databases, books on the shelves, videos, images, and much more all in one place.

When you visit the Libraries’ website, you will find a OneSearch box where the library catalog usually is. (If you want the traditional catalog, it’s still there in the tab to the left.) 

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This is a trial service — we will decide whether to make it a permanent addition at the end of the semester. Your feedback is crucial to this decision! Does it make it easier to find items you need? Harder? How is it working for you? Please send all comments to Josh Roberts, joroberts@uarts.edu. 

OneSearch is not replacing any of our existing resources or services. It is intended to make it easier to find what we already have. We hope it does!

 
Nitty-Gritty Details

OneSearch uses the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) product, so you’ll notice that it looks a lot like the regular Ebscohost article database. If you have signed up for a personal Ebscohost account to save and organize your research, you can even use it from OneSearch.

OneSearch contains indexing for all our Ebsco databases, as well as many other sources: journals and ebooks that are held in other databases, such as ProQuest or JSTOR; books, DVDs, scores, and other items physically located in the libraries; open access scholarly journals available on the web; streaming audio and video from Kanopy, Alexander Street Press, and Naxos; and images from ArtStor. 

This indexing is not 100% complete for non-Ebsco sources, but it’s pretty close. So OneSearch is not the only source you should consult if you are doing very in-depth research, like a review of literature for your thesis, but it should be a good place to start, especially for more general research needs. 

OneSearch has many features that we hope will make it easier to use than our existing databases. These include “research starters” that can give you a little background on thousands of topics. It also has smarter search logic, which will expand your search in some of the intuitive ways you are used to from Google. For example if you search for “free speech” and “colleges”, One Search will also include terms like “universities” and “higher education.” You don’t even need to enter the last name first when searching for a specific author. 

Our access to EDS is currently on a trial basis. As such, it is not as fully functional as it will be if we commit to adding it permanently. Links to other databases may occasionally be inconsistent, and our e-journal holdings information may have a few gaps, but these should improve with time. Please send any issues you encounter to Josh Roberts, joroberts@uarts.edu.  

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is the preeminent software tutorial website currently on the market. And through UArts, you can access it for free! Lynda.com offers tutorials on a wide variety of topics, from Adobe’s Creative Cloud network of software to business and IT to education and many other topics. Whether you’re just trying to familiarize yourself with a new piece of software or looking for some new tips to help you expedite or enhance your creative process, Lynda.com is sure to have something for you.

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The tutorials offered are helpful and in-depth, narrated and demonstrated by professionals who guide you through every step and more often than not include example files for you to follow along and try out the principles taught for yourself. Also provided are transcripts of what the narrator is saying and an area to take notes that keep track of what time in the video you wrote them.

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In addition to the tutorials, Lynda.com also offers various videos more along the lines of short documentaries and video blogs from and by various professionals in their respective fields.

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Finally, Lynda.com provides you with many other non-software tutorials to help improve many talents such as presentation skills, public speaking and time/project management.

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Lynda.com is a valuable tool to any student learning about their field who wants to improve or expand their talents. Look for more posts from the UArts Libraries about various Lynda.com tutorials and videos!

UArts Libraries Workshops Spring 2012

It’s paper-writing and midterms time! Buff up your research skills and learn more about what the UArts Libraries have to offer. Bring your laptop — these are hands-on workshops — or watch, listen and learn.

Workshops will start on time so we can end on time and you can get to class.  All workshops run 12:00pm-12:40pm.

You can also see the workshops as events on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 • Anderson Hall M-4

ARTSTOR: TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH DIGITAL IMAGES

What you’ll learn: ARTstor is a huge subscription database of digital images (1.4 million images and counting!), which also includes the images from the UArts Libraries’ Visual Resources Collection. Learn how to create your own account, search, save and download images into the Offline Image Viewer (OIV), ARTstor’s image presentation tool. Better than PowerPoint!

Who’s giving the workshop: Laura Grutzeck is the Visual Resources Librarian and digitizer extraordinaire.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012Terra 1212

GOOGLE LIKE A PRO: GETTING MORE OUT OF GOOGLE

What you’ll learn: Discover Google Scholar, Books, Video, and more. Learn new ways to find articles, browse images and other media, and explore advanced searching options.

Who’s giving the workshop: Shannon Marie Robinson, Access Services Librarian and Googlehead, has an MFA in Fibers and earned her master’s degree in information science online. Also offered Thursday, March 15, in Anderson M-4.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012 • Anderson M-4

GOOGLE LIKE A PRO: GETTING MORE OUT OF GOOGLE

What you’ll learn: Discover Google Scholar, Books, Video, and more. Learn new ways to find articles, browse images and other media, and explore advanced searching options.

Who’s giving the workshop: Shannon Marie Robinson, Access Services Librarian and Googlehead, has an MFA in Fibers and earned her master’s degree in information science online. Also offered Tuesday, March 13, in Terra 1212.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012 • Terra 1212

APPS FOR RESEARCH & LEARNING

What you’ll learn: Come see what iPhone, iPad, and Android apps are available to help you find sources and organize your research from anywhere.

Who’s giving the workshop: Josh Roberts is the UArts Libraries Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian and has undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 • Anderson M-4

EBOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY: EBRARY AND MORE

Take a hands-on tour of ebrary, the Libraries’ source for more than 70,000 downloadable ebooks, and learn about other online sources for free ebooks.

What you’ll learn: Setting up your own ebrary account; adding titles to your bookshelf and creating folders; how to highlight, take notes, and add your own hyperlinks; how to download and view.

Who’s giving the workshop: Josh Roberts, UArts Libraries Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian, has undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering and a master’s in information science.

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DIIGO: ORGANIZING YOUR RESEARCH ONE LINK AT A TIME

Diigo is a free social bookmarking site/mobile app that lets you save, organize, annotate, and share your favorites of the Internet right there in cyberspace – accessible anywhere, anytime from any web-enabled device.

What you’ll learn: Learn how to use Diigo to keep your research tagged and organized. Discover how to set privacy levels so you can share resources for group projects and find people with interests similar to your own, or keep your bookmarks to yourself!

Who’s giving the workshop: Shannon Marie Robinson, Access Services Librarian, has an MFA in Fibers and earned her master’s degree in information science online. She digs Diigo and has always wanted her own label-maker.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 • Anderson M-4

EBSCOhost ARTICLES

EBSCOhost is the University Libraries’ largest source of full-text articles from thousands of publications in all disciplines. It’s an important online resource for all majors.
What you’ll learn: Learn what types of publications are available in EBSCOhost and explore various methods to search. Discover how to save, email, and cite sources as well as use EBSCOhost from your favorite mobile device.

Who’s giving the workshop: Shannon Marie Robinson, Access Services Librarian, has an MFA in Fibers and earned her master’s degree in information science online. She searches ESBCOhost almost every day.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 Terra 1212

INTERLIBRARY LOAN AND WORLDCAT: ALL AROUND THE WORLD

The UArts Libraries may not own everything you need, but we can get it for you from another library.

What you’ll learn: How to search for and request books, articles, videos, not owned by the UArts Libraries.

Who’s giving the workshop: Mary Louise Castaldi is the UArts Libraries Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian and has been requesting materials for UArts patrons from all over the country and the world for 12 years.

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Can’t get to a workshop? We’d love to come to your class, your office, or schedule an appointment with you in the library to show you these great research tools.

Brown Bag Research Workshops from the UArts Libraries

It’s paper-writing and midterms time! Buff up your research skills and learn more about what the UArts Libraries have to offer. Bring your laptop if you like.

Open to all UArts students, faculty and staff. No sign-up, just show up.

Bring your lunch to a quick 30-minute workshop.

We’ll supply coffee and cookies.

All workshops are in Anderson Hall/333 S Broad St, Room M-4 (mezzanine floor), 12:00pm-12:30pm.

Workshops will start on time so we can end on time and you can get to class.

Can’t make it to a workshop? We’d be happy to come to your class, your office, or make an appointment with you in the library.

Monday, October 24, 2011

BUILD A BETTER SEARCH: UNDERSTANDING LIBRARY DATABASES

Whether you’re looking for articles, images, or media – if it’s organized in a database, you’ll understand how to search it better by attending this workshop.

What you’ll learn: The information concepts of: databases/records/fields; Boolean logic; controlled vocabulary. Sounds fancy but is easy to understand.

Who’s giving the workshop: Sara MacDonald is the UArts Libraries Public Services Librarian and loves talking about this more than anything.

Tuesday, October 25 AND Friday, October 28, 2011

FINDING ARTICLES: WilsonWeb, LexisNexis, and JSTOR

Books are great, but magazine, journal and newspaper articles are where you need to go for up-to-date information and news. Articles will give your paper some up-to-date pizzazz.

What you’ll learn: The differences (and similarities) between WilsonWeb, LexisNexis and JSTOR; how to put together a good search that retrieves relevant results.

Who’s giving the workshop: Sara MacDonald is the UArts Libraries Public Services Librarian and has loved looking things up all her life.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

WHAT GOOGLE KNOWS ABOUT YOU, HOW THAT AFFECTS WHAT YOU SEE ON THE WEB, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

We all love Google, but does Google love us? How private is Web searching?

What you’ll learn: How Google works, what it tracks, and why you’re not Google’s customer—you’re its product.

Who’s giving the workshop: Josh Roberts is the UArts Libraries Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian and has undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering.

Monday, October 31, 2011

ORGANIZING YOUR INFO: ZOTERO

Looking for a system that will help you track your research? Zotero is a free Firefox add-on that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

What you’ll learn: Installing and using Zotero.

Who’s giving the workshop: Josh Roberts is the UArts Libraries Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian and has undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

SOCIAL BOOKMARKING: ORGANIZING YOUR RESEARCH ONE LINK AT A TIME

Social bookmarking sites let you save, organize, annotate, and share your favorites of the Internet right there in cyberspace – accessible anywhere, anytime from any web-enabled device.

What you’ll learn: Learn about the best social bookmarking sites and how to use their services to keep your research and inspirational resources labeled and organized. Discover how to share resources for group projects and find people with interests similar to your own.

Who’s giving the workshop: Shannon Marie Robinson, Access Services Librarian, has an MFA in Fibers and earned her master’s degree in information science online. She digs Diigo and has always wanted her own label-maker.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

INTERLIBRARY LOAN AND WORLDCAT: ALL AROUND THE WORLD

The UArts Libraries may not own everything you need, but they can get it for you from another library.

What you’ll learn: How to search for and request books, articles, videos.

Who’s giving the workshop: Mary Louise Castaldi is the UArts Libraries Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian and has been requesting materials for UArts patrons from all over the country and the world for 12 years.

Friday, November 4, 2011

IT’S A DIGITAL VISUAL WORLD: ARTSTOR AND AP IMAGES

Looking for something better than a thumbnail? You’re in luck! The UArts Libraries subscribe to two great image databases, ARTstor and AP Images.

What you’ll learn: The difference between ARTstor and AP Images; how to search, download and use images from these sources.

Who’s giving the workshop: Laura Grutzeck is the UArts Libraries Visual Resources Librarian.

How you’re helping to digitize books

You know those squiggly words you have to type in on certain Web sites to get access or to make a purchase? That’s a piece of software called CAPTCHA, or you may even be using reCAPTCHA and, unbeknownst to you, helping to digitize materials in the Internet Archive, Google and elsewhere. Want to know more? Watch this video of CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA creator Luis von Ahn describe it in a Computing Research Association presentation. (It’s 11:50 long, but he’s quite charming and funny, and the idea is so simple and great. Thanks to UArts librarian Josh Roberts for finding this great clip!)

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This is of particular interest to UArts since we have just begun a digitization project of the UArts archives. The resulting digital files will be freely available and searchable through the Internet Archive. Want to contribute? Check out Google’s “What is reCAPTCHA?” page, and start helping to digitize immediately!

Digital preservation: it’s an issue.

The Library of Congress has released a short video, “Why Digital Preservation is Important for Everyone“. Digitization was thought to be the answer to many information system questions of access, storage, and preservation, but as time has passed we’ve realized that it’s more complicated and a lot more work than was anticipated (some photographers are going back to film!). Check out this short video, and learn as much as you want from the rest of the site. There’s also a video with tips on how you can preserve your own materials.