Monthly Archives: January 2010

Tech Sharecase, 29 January 2010

Attendees: Arthur Downing, Stephen Francoeur, Randy Hensley, Ellen Kaufman, Louise Klusek, Jin Ma, Ryan Phillips, Erica Sauer, Mike Waldman

We started off discussing the iPad release and some of the criticism of the device as being too locked down, filled with DRM restrictions, and further the use of apps, which some view as a problematic development that signals an effort to return to walled gardens of the web of the early 1990s. The device seems geared more toward consumption of content as opposed to a tool for creation. It was suggested the iPad may appeal to baby boomers looking for a simple computer. We also discussed how it may transform the world of periodicals.

New Paywalls on the Web
The discussion of the iPad led us to a discussion of the creation of new paywalls on the web. We referred to:

RDA Updates
This page on the CUNY Technical Services Wiki offered some updates about RDA from the ALA Midwinter meeting, including news about ALA’s announcement of pricing for the RDA Toolkit. More news about the testing and release of RDA can be found on the Library of Congress Bibliographic Control Working Group site.

Records in CUNY+ for CDs in Naxos
Baruch will be loading records into CUNY for the CDs that have available in streaming format via the Naxos database. Those catalog records will include direct URLs to albums in Naxos. Track-level records, though, will be not part of those catalog records. We were also reminded that the reference wiki includes instructions about how a professor can create a playlist in Naxos that can be shared with students.

New design for CUNY Website
We looked at the new CUNY website, which is still in preview mode right now. The CUNY Portal and other CUNY systems on the web will likely be redesigned in the image of the soon-to-be-launched main CUNY site.

We got an update on where we are in the rollout of systems in CUNYfirst, which brings together silos of data relating to finance, HR (now referred to as HCM for “human capital management), and student information.

We looked at a LibGuide set up for a LIB 1015 class and commented on the draft of a guide for MLA style. We also looked at the main LibGuides page for the whole system to see which ones in the system were most popular.

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Link Sharing as Controlled Serendipity

A recent post on the Bits blog by Nick Bilton on the New York Times website identifies a useful phrase to describe the growing phenomenon of people sharing links via Twitter, Facebook, etc.: controlled serendipity.

Bilton, Nick. “‘Controlled Serendipity’ Liberates the Web.” Bits. The New York Times. 22 January 2010. Web.

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Study Habits of Undergraduates

Maura Smale, a librarian at the New York City College of Technology, and Mariana Regalado, a librarian at Brooklyn College, are currently engaged in an interesting project to use ethnographic research methods to document the study habits of undergraduate students at their schools. Read more about the project on the site wiki for it.

Smale, Maura, and Mariana Regalado. Undergraduate Scholarly Habits Ethnographic Project. N.d. Web. 21 January 2009.

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