Tag Archives: Apps

Tech Sharecase, 24 May 2013


We looked at the demo video for BrowZine, an iPad/iPhone app that lets you browse the table of contents for journals your library has full text access to (more details at vendor website). We looked at the app that had already been installed on an iPad and configured to connect to Baruch’s journal collections. We talked about the increase use of iPads by faculty, the lack of an Android app for BrowZine, and, if we do get a subscription to the service, that it would be nice to load this app on the iPads the library lends.

Harvard Business Review and EBSCO

We talked a bit about the new additional limitations that Harvard Business Review is placing on its content in EBSCO.

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3D Maps of National University of Singapore Libraries

The libraries at the National University of Singapore have an interesting web app and iOS app that offer an interactive and immersive 3D view of the floors of the library. Navigation via mouse on the web app or the touchscreen on an iPad or iPhone is a bit awkward, but this is really notable effort all the same.

Web app screenshot

NUS Libraries web app


iPad app screenshot

NUS Libraries iPad app

h/t Aaron Tay


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Tech Sharecase, 26 April 2013

Making It Easier to Browse

We looked at StackLife, which has been set up for the new Digital Public Library of America and is being piloted for Harvard, too.

We also looked at how North Carolina State University libraries do a shelf browse. Here’s a sample record:

NCSU shelf browse 1

And here’s the “Browse Shelf” view for that book:

NCSU shelf browse 2

We then looked at BrowZine, an iPad app that lets you browse journals your library has online access to and save them to your bookshelf in the app. This video gives a good overview of what it looks like on an iPad.

 An “Awesome” Recommender

Harvard has also been piloting its “Awesome Box” project. As books are returned to the library, patrons may elect to bypass the usual book drop off slot and instead place the book in an “Awesome Box” as a form of recommendation. Items returned that way show up in a special Awesome at the Harvard Library page (which features a RSS feed of items featured there).

New Baruch-FacStaff Wifi Coming

We learned about a new wifi channel, Baruch-FacStaff, that is being tested out now. When configured on your mobile device–laptop, phone, tablet–it will automatically connect you to the wifi network as soon as you come on campus and it will allow access to the network drives.

Harvard Business Review and EBSCOhost

We talked a bit about the recently announced restrictions on use of Harvard Business Review content in Business Source Complete. It’s not quite clear how or if this will affect our use of the journal.

New Baruch College App Preview

We got a preview of the not-yet-launched update to the Baruch College app (the current version can be found in the iTunes App Store).

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Digital Research Tools

Looking for a tool that can help you visualize data? Write collaboratively? Something else? Check out Bamboo DiRT, a site assembled by scholars from a handful of universities and sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Bamboo DiRT (which stands for “Digital Research Tools”) offers 29 task categories that are filled with brief reviews of handy tools (many of which are free).

I’m going to share this site with the faculty in the departments I am a liaison to, as I think they might find it especially useful.


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Tech Sharecase, 18 March 2011

Arthur Downing, Stephen Francoeur, Louise Klusek, Ryan Phillips, Mike Waldman

Website Redesign
We went to the website of the company that will be handling the redesign of the library’s site, Greane Tree Technology, and then to the site of one of their clients, the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

While talking about the new home page for the Baruch site, we snickered at this cartoon from xckd:

University Website

While discussing the value of having student input for our redesign, we took a look at this student-led website, Baruch Connect, which is not authorized by the college.

Baruch College’s iPhone App
We ended by briefly talking about the new iPhone app for Baruch College.

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