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Tech Sharecase, 17 September 2010

Attendees
Arthur Downing, Stephen Francoeur, Joseph Hartnett, Ellen Kaufman, Rita Ormsby, Ryan Phillips, Michael Waldman

Google Maps Mania
We looked at some of the mashups of Google Maps found on the site, Google Maps Mania:

  • Commute Map (enter a ZIP code and see where residents commute to or where people are coming from who commute to that ZIP code)
  • Public Data Explorer (this Google Labs project visualizes large data sets on maps)

Using Google Maps Drag and Zoom
We looked at an Google Map Labs tool (Drag ‘n’ Zoom) that you can turn on in Google Maps that lets you zoom in by drawing a square with your mouse on a map region.

Death of Bloglines
In talking about the recent announcement that Bloglines, a feed reader, would be shutting its service down soon, we discussed the increasing reliance of some on Twitter and Facebook for alerts to notable items from RSS feeds (especially blog posts).

Students on Twitter
We talked about whether it seems like more Baruch students are on Twitter these days and fewer are on Facebook. If you look at the Twitter search on “baruch college” you’ll see that a number of the tweets are clearly from students. It also appears to be the case that campus use of Skype is larger than expected.

Summon Adds Its 100th Customer
An announcement from Serials Solutions about Summon led to this interesting article by Sean Fitzpatrick in American Libraries.

Libraries Acquring Ebooks Rights?
An interesting blog post by Eric Hellman about whether it might make sense for a national consortium of libraries to form that would try to negotiate for rights to select ebooks.

Hathi Trust
We took a look at the Hathi Trust website to figure out what exactly the project offers (backup and preservation of digitized books). We then played around with the search inside books feature and compared it to Google Book Search and the Internet Archive’s collection of digitized books.

Google Instant
We discussed whether Google Instant might improve our students’ search skills or worsen them.

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Tech Sharecase, 23 July 2009

Attendees

Frank Donnelly, Joseph Hartnett, Louise Klusek, Linda Rath, Ryan Phillips

RSS Feed Readers

Discussed the various RSS Feed Readers the attendees used and the reasons why.

NYPL’s new catalog

The New York Public Library’s new¬†catalog was discussed. The catalog replaces CatNYP and LEO, combining materials from the two defunct catalogs. The new catalog is powered by a product called Encore, developed by Innovative Interfaces. Georgetown University Libraries also has a beta version of an Encore catalog on their website.

Prezi

We have discussed Prezi, the non-linear presentation tool, in past Tech Sharecases, but Linda was kind enough to show a presentation that she had built using the tool.

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