Tech Sharecase, 3 September 2010

Janey Chao, Arthur Downing, , Stephen Francoeur, Jin Ma, Rita Ormsby, Ryan Phillips, Stella VarverisMichael Waldman, Kevin Wolff

We began the meeting by watching the Arcade Fire music video for “We Used to Wait.” The video makes use of the native video and audio capabilities of HTML5 and incorporates a mashup of Google street views. It’s a clever video and a good song too. Currently, some browsers do not display HTML5 and the Arcade Fire video has to be played in Google Chrome.

WordCamp NYC 2010
Baruch BCTC is hosting WordCamp NYC 2010 October 16-18.

CUNY+ was discussed. We pondered how to add library locations to the book records–floor number, etc. Queens College places standard locating information in the location field in every CUNY+ records (e.g.,  Stacks (Call # A-L Level 4; Call # P-Z Level 5) PS3515.E37 O4 1952b ). We discussed the technical difficulties of adding site-specific information of every book in the library and how this would be complicated by the periodic physical shifting of our collection.

It was suggested that an algorithm could be added to the location field in the record that would generate the floor number.

New Technologies on Campus
We then discussed new technologies on campus. Clickers are being used more in the classroom. BCTC has invested in tablets and wireless VGA ports to help instructors untether themselves from the podium.

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