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Scalar: The next big thing in scholarly publishing? 

To all those following our commentaries on open access, e-books, the scholarly communication crisis, and educational technologies, there is a new platform out there that touches on all of these while tossing in a taste of the Semantic Web and information visualization too. The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture recently released Scalar, described as a …

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New Macbooks at the Library 

In case you haven't noticed, some of our meeting rooms here at the library have been supplied with brand new Macbooks. For people who have Macs at home and are familiar with most Apple products, this may be exciting news.  But if you haven't used Macs before and have been a PC user for as long as you can …

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The Digital Public Library of America Launches 

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) officially launched yesterday. Serving as a central portal for digital resources, the DPLA aims to bring openly available digital materials from American libraries, archives, and museums  to anyone with an internet connection. Practically all formats of resources discoverable through the DPLA, including manuscripts, photographs, 3D objects, audio, video, and …

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Smart E-Textbooks: Is it ethical to track your students’ reading? 

The New York Times reported this morning that Texas A&M is using CourseSmart E-Textbooks in class, which allows professors to track whether students open their textbooks, what pages they look at and for how long, and which passages they highlight. The dean of the school of business commented, "It's Big Brother, sort of, but with …

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Reading E-Books: A Contemplative Guide 

Yesterday, I finished Nicole Krauss's beautiful novel Great House, a compactly written, deeply poignant book that follows the lives of a handful of characters influenced by a huge and majestic writing desk, which had been stolen from a Jewish family's vacant house during the holocaust. Whenever I read Krauss's writing, I am struck with the …

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Academia.edu : social media and digital repository mashup 

While scrolling around the internet looking for information about Eli Pariser's TED talk, I encountered an interview with Umberto Eco from 1995 in which he discusses the distractions of being able to find too much on the internet, verses stumbling upon information in what he considers the more controlled (and curated) environment of the traditional …

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On Space and the Education Program 

As we grow, our spaces need to evolve, and the way things evolve can be difficult to predict. Whether we need to fashion a third bedroom out of a Manhattan living room, or create more appealing space for an expanding Education Program, we anticipate that content is prime; aesthetics and functionality, key; light, tone, color, …

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The Amplify Tablet: News Corp.’s tablet for the classroom 

Yesterday, Amplify, the education unit of News Corp., released a tablet that promises to enhance the classroom experience for students and teachers alike. For students, the Amplify Tablet features a personal interface as well as search tools, applications, and content made specifically for educational purposes. For teachers, it offers a centralized place for accessing and …

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125th Anniversary: Call for Actors 

Do you have a talent for acting that is going unused? Maybe you do and you don't even know it. Maybe you just want to give it a shot. For Teachers College's 125th, EdLab is producing a series of short (2 minute, slightly humorous video re-enactments of major events in Teachers College history. The films …

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Disney: Getting to Know You 

As Disney rolls out their new paperless Magic Kingdom experience this Spring, reporters in the tech world have been asking if this development presents a positive, tech-savvy future or a Big Brotherish nightmare. (Including an InfoWorld article here, and an excellent NYT article, here.) MyMagic+ is Disney’s new vision for a digital present: customers will …

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How to clean your Mac 

On the coldest days of winter, I often dream it’s actually spring. And if it were spring, I would certainly be spring cleaning!  This winter, I've started my annual spring cleaning process early by thinking up ways to spruce up my 4 year old MacBook. It takes longer to load videos than it once did, …

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EdLab launches New Learning Times 

This past Thursday, January 31st, the lobby of TC's Zankel Hall was busier than usual, as Teachers College commenced its year-long celebration of its 125th year. EdLab had a table at the kick off event to promote its newest app, New Learning Times (NLT) which is part of a series of new learning technologies available …

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Best Conference Software 

It seems that time passes, and as technologies change, and as our lifestyles adjust with technology, it's growing increasingly difficult to keep up with people in person, and, handily, increasingly easier to keep up with friends over digital technologies. It's hard to even remember that as a child all my friends lived on my block …

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Considering the Cloud 

Cloud storage seems to be the way of the future in our increasingly mobile, tapped in world. Reasons for wanting cloud storage include: a way to back up the files on your computer in case it crashes, a way to access and work on files from multiple devices and have them sync, and a way …

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Linked Jazz releases video 

Do you like data? Do you like jazz? Then you'll love Linked Jazz, a project based at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. What is Linked Jazz, you say? I'm glad you asked. Linked Jazz is a project investigating the potential of the application of Linked Open Data (LOD) technology to enhance …

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Using Vialogues in Your Classroom 

If you are searching for an interactive video social media space to help your classroom actively (and digitally) debate theoretical concepts that emerge when watching video, look no further than EdLab's own Vialogues software. A combination of the words "video" and "dialogue," Vialogues is an interactive social media tool developed specifically for educators looking to …

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How to Get Around 

Sometimes getting around campus can be a challenge. Some have likened the TC campus to Hogwarts. I’m not sure if that’s in reference to the look and feel of the outside of the building or whether it’s because the halls and rooms seem to shift, leaving us all lost. Teachers College may be one big …

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Gettysburg College Collects Blogs for Special Collections 

Gettysburg College has acquired a couple of exciting new items of Civil War interest: blogs! Yes, I said, "blogs!" The College's Civil War Institute has started a project to collect and curate these discussions of Civil War memory, which you can read more about here. Blogs and social media have often been cited as potential …

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Finding a Suitable PDF App for the iPad 

In developing the Scholars at TC show, library designers decided to create an interactive pdf as the basis for the show. There are several cool things about interactive pdfs: Easy to create (in Adobe InDesign!) Easy to share, as anyone with a pdf viewer can view it (i.e., everyone on their own device, on or …

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Ebrary’s new app: a test drive 

In searching for a book to read on my hour-long train ride back to Brooklyn, I discovered via Educat that one of the titles from my to-read list was available as an ebook in Ebrary, the vendor we purchase the majority of our electronic titles from. Ebrary books make up 71% of our total ebooks …

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