The MediaHub Gets A Welcome Upgrade

The MediaHub Gets A Welcome Upgrade

Posted by: on June 15, 2017   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

Digital Publishing Services has been working hard for the last few months revamping the MediaHub with the intent of making it a more active workspace for students, faculty, and staff.  The intention is to make this more like a “Makerspace,” as many other libraries have done across the country.  This is still a work in progress, but we have acquired a few items to get closer to reaching our goal of a creating a fully functioning Makerspace-type lab. The lab includes four iMacs that include a host of audio and video editing software, such as Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Audition. The lab also includes microphones and audio interface devices that can be used for podcasting, etc. And we recently added a green screen kit that includes lights and a tripod to hold various cameras, so that students can create compelling video and still camera projects.  Additionally, we purchased a button maker and a few smartphone VR headsets to add to the creative process.  Please come by the MediaHub and get creative!

Digital Publishing Services has been working hard for the last few months revamping the MediaHub with the intent of making it a more active workspace for students, faculty, and staff.  The intention is to make this more like a “Makerspace,” as many other libraries have done across the country.  This is still a work in progress, […]MORE

DPS Goes to DigiCamp

Posted by: on April 12, 2017   |Comment (1)|Facilities and Tools

For another year in a row, DPS and a couple of other librarians from Phillips Memorial Library participated in DigiCamp, an annual unConference sponsored by the ACRL NEC Information Technology Interest Group (ITIG) that focuses on how libraries are using technology.

This year’s event was hosted at UMass Boston and the day began with a great presentation by Carolyn Goldstein and Andrew Elder on the Mass Memories Road Show, a state-wide digital history project that documents people, places, and events in Massachusetts history. The photographs and stories are preserved and publicly accessible in UMass Boston’s Open Archives.

The breakout session topics, collaboratively chosen by participants in advance of the event, included Technology for Users; Accessibility; Social Media/Marketing/Outreach; Digital Humanities, Preservation, and Pedagogy; VR/Video Games; Web/Course Guide Design and UX; Instructional Design/Teaching with Technology; OER, Open Access, and Altmetrics; Makerspaces; Interfaces & Collections; Cool Tools; and Assessment & Data. I attended the Technology for Users, VR/Video Games, and Makerspaces sessions, and got some great ideas for our MediaHub in Phillips Memorial Library.
The highlight of the day was a tour of and workshop in the UMass Boston MakerSpace lab, where we saw some 3D printing in action and learned the basics of 3D design, including a tutorial in Tinkercad, a free, web-based 3D design tool.

Looking forward to next year!

For another year in a row, DPS and a couple of other librarians from Phillips Memorial Library participated in DigiCamp, an annual unConference sponsored by the ACRL NEC Information Technology Interest Group (ITIG) that focuses on how libraries are using technology. This year’s event was hosted at UMass Boston and the day began with a great presentation by […]MORE

ACRL DigiCamp 2015

Posted by: on March 27, 2015   |Comments (0)|Spotlights

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On Friday, March 13th, ACRL’s Information Technology Interest Group hosted its annual DigiCamp unconference at Simmons College. For those new to the concept, an unconference is an event similar in structure to a conference (i.e. track-based schedule), but it differs in that each session is intended to be an open dialog about a given subject amongst its participants. Aside from a facilitator or two providing guidance to the discussion, it can flow in any number of relevant directions. ITIG first organized DigiCamp back in 2010 as a means to gather people in academic libraries to discuss how they were using technology and what technology might be of interest in the future. Following that path, the 2015 DigiCamp had twelve tracks, each dedicated to a specific aspect of using technology in libraries.

Each session was approximately an hour long and participants were free to move between the different tracks if the subject wasn’t of interest to them. The first block offered conversations on open access and institutional repositories, marketing in libraries, discovery services, and assessment. The second offered sessions on LibGuides, mobile technologies, altmetrics, and open education resources. And finally, the third closed out the day with discussions on eBooks, digital preservation, makerspaces, and responsive web design.

There are often many takeaways from DigiCamp, as you get to here the details of how people are approaching these issues. All facilitators were requested to take notes on the session and then capture images of them for later reference. The session I co-facilitated on makerspaces generated over 9 pages of notes, which indicates that it was a pretty lively discussion.

To find out more about DigiCamp 2015, and to access the session notes, please check out the Google site located below. And hope to see you at DigiCamp next year!

https://sites.google.com/site/digicamp2015/home

On Friday, March 13th, ACRL’s Information Technology Interest Group hosted its annual DigiCamp unconference at Simmons College. For those new to the concept, an unconference is an event similar in structure to a conference (i.e. track-based schedule), but it differs in that each session is intended to be an open dialog about a given subject […]MORE