Monday, September 8, 2014

Learn a little, play a little

Our Digital Makerspace schedule is now available for this fall.  Another semester of Digital Makerspace Workshops at the library and we have a lineup of new topics, as well as a couple of "back by popular demand" workshops.  Some are geared to help you out with your classes, such as the ones on Zotero and Advanced Google search techniques, while others are there to have a little fun, such as the "create a button" workshop.   Be sure to look them over and mark the dates in your calendar!

Some things don't change, and as always the workshops are free and with no advance registration required, and we try and do two sessions of each workshop. The content covered in each of the two sessions is the same, so you only need to attend the one that fits into your schedule.  The workshops last about 30 minutes, and are generally held in the Waitkus Computer Lab in Lane Library, unless otherwise noted.

Below is a list of our Digital Makerspace Workshops this semester:

Monday, September 8 @4 pm 
Start your semester our right with your research.  Learn how to create a bibliography in seconds using your collected research in Zotero.  

Prezi vs. Powerpoint 
Monday, Sept. 15 @4 pm / Tuesday, Sept. 16 @noon
Using the latest technology to share your ideas?  There are many choices out there for incorporating ideas and visual technology into your presentation.   Best practices for presentations, both in Prezi and Powerpoint, will be reviewed to help in getting your point across smoothly.  

iMovie with iPads and Digital Cameras
Monday, Sept. 22 @4 pm / Tuesday, Sept. 23 @noon 
Stop by to check out the cameras and iPads available to you through the library.  The iMovie app is also available on our iPads, which means you can make the videos the length you need for assignments or promotional materials for your class, club or sport.  

Advanced Google:  new search strategies  
Monday, Sept. 29 @4 pm / Tuesday, Sept. 30 @noon
Want to find out how to do a better, faster search with Google?  All searching is not equal; learn how to take advantage of the Advanced Google search to find what you are looking for the first time.

Monday, Oct. 6 @4 pm / Tuesday, Oct. 7 @noon   
Wondering how to take your photos from good to amazing?  Want to add a little text to your photos?  Come explore Pixlr, and let your photos have their time to shine.

How to Design Video Assignments
Monday, Oct. 13 @4 pm / Tuesday, Oct.14 @noon           
Video essays and digital storytelling play a part in the Digital Humanities movement, and this visual aspect can be turned into a great assignment if designed well.  Come to learn and share ideas as to how a video assignment can be adapted to fit your class.

Create a Button 
Monday, Oct. 27 @4 pm / Tuesday, Oct. 28 @noon      
Do you have something to say in a visual 1 inch format?  Come with your ideas and learn to use the library's button maker to create a small button of your very own.  

Infographics in your pocket
Monday, Nov. 3 @4 pm / Tuesday, Nov. 4 @noon      
Do good statistics and data sets make you smile?  Find out how to create engaging infographics, as well as great places to get data at your library.  

How to Give a Ted Talk    
Tuesday, Nov. 11 @ noon / Wednesday, Nov. 12 @ 4pm 
Love the style of a Ted Talk, but not certain how to incorporate those techniques into your own presentation?  Stop by to learn what makes a Ted Talk so engaging, and get the tools needed to make your end of the semester presentations stand out. 

3D Printer      
Monday, Nov. 17 @4 pm / Tuesday, Nov. 18 @ noon in the North Reading Room
The Makerbot 3D Printer is available for you to be innovative and release your creativity for your coursework.  Want to find out what the printer can do?  Professor John Dalziel will be leading the workshops, demonstrating how the printer works and the guidelines for use.

Monday, Nov. 24 @4 pm / Tuesday, Nov. 25 @ noon 
Never to late to learn new organizational techniques.  A second chance to familiarize yourself with Zotero's bibliographical tools, and amaze your professors with your correctly formatted bibliographies that you created with the click of a button.

If you have any questions, comments, or any suggestions for future Digital Makerspace workshops, please let us know! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Now and then: Ripon College Campus

Welcome back Ripon students!
As you walk around the campus, imagine all of the students who have walked and stood in the same places you have. Pictured left, two female students standing on steps adjacent to the library ca. 1935.  Pictured right, two female students standing on steps adjacent to the library, 2014.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Etiquette: Business or Otherwise.

Hello everyone, 

It is Carl, your intrepid Technical Services Librarian at the keyboard, and I'm writing to you again from the deep recesses of Lane Library where amazing things happen.  Many of you know that your Lane librarians serve as representatives (liaisons) to various academic departments on campus.  As part of what we do, we often look at resources related to our liaison departments.  Since I work with the business department, I recently had a business book cross my desk that most everyone might find interesting.  The book is titled:  The essentials of business etiquette : how to greet, eat, and tweet your way to success.  It is written by Barbara Pachter who is a public speaker and regularly does workshops on this topic.  Upon reading the first few pages, it was obvious to this reader that she is an expert on this subject.

Pachter includes five general topics in this book:  greeting people, maintaining your profession image, how to eat with grace, how to properly handle phones and social media, and how to improve your career.  Her writing style is easily accessible, down to earth, funny and informative.  This text is so full of excellent advice that I had a hard time putting it down.  Of special note, section four starting at page 185 is especially helpful for the job seeker.  Soon to be graduates, This Means You!  Remember not to sell yourself short.  Take chances when applying for positions.  Do your research on the company you are applying at and ask good questions if and when you get the interview. 

So, dear reader, will this book benefit someone who is not a business major or minor?  I ask, will you ever have to go out on an interview?  Are you going to have a career someday?  Ladies and gentlemen, don't let the word "business" in the title of this book fool you.  Everyone who has to interact and communicate with other people ought to read this book.  This is the text for you and is well worth your time.  I highly recommend it and intend to use as much of the advice as I can recall from my one reading of this book.

We'll "chat" again soon.  In the meantime, I hope you have fun reading and learning new things.

Your trusty librarian,

Carl Z.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

National School Library Month

Award winning books added to our collection this spring.
In celebrating National School Library Month, we would like to recognize Ripon College Education Department in helping to develop our future teachers.  Libraries are vital resources to educators, and these current education students will be the future leaders in engaging children in reading, both for learning and pleasure.  Our education department ensures that our library's juvenile collection stays up to date with the latest award winning books for the students.

It has been a busy month with new books, and we added a wide variety of new juvenile fiction.  This includes the Newbery winner, Flora and Ulysses and some of the Newbery honor books (Year of Billy Miller).  The Printz (In Darkness), Orbis Pictus (Splash of Red), and Corretta Scott King Award (P.S. Be Eleven) winners and a few select nominees have also been added.  You can search the catalog for past winners by searching for the award, such as "Newbery Honor Books."

To keep in touch with all of our new books, please look through the new books listed on the Lane Library Catalog home page.  This is updated daily when any new books are added to the collection.  It is a fantastic way to do some old-school browsing of new books.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Credo: New Reference Database at Lane Library

Lane Library is now offering Credo, a reference database of more than 600 full text reference works from over fifteen disciplines:
Art, Business, Food & Beverage, General Reference, Geography, History, Language, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Social Sciences, Technology

This is a great place to start your research, where you can get a quick overview of a topic rather than sorting through questionable results from Google or wondering if a Wikipedia entry had been recently altered by a prankster. Credo also offers mind maps, which assist in brainstorming related topics.
 (Below: Mind map for Hank Aaron)


After getting background information on a topic, Credo seamlessly connects you to academic databases and other information sources by placing links to the left of your search results. Clicking on one of these links will run the same keyword search in the selected source.


Credo is listed among the databases on the Lane Library homepage.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hero finally meets Villain in March Madness

The Championship Round has been decided!  Our hero is Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter series, and our villain is Moriarty from "The Adventure of the Final Problem" (Sherlock Holmes).  Now it is your turn to decide if good or evil will reign overall.  Vote below by Wednesday, April 2.

Wondering how Professor McGonagall became our final hero, or curious as to the road Moriarty had to take to get to the final?  Look at the complete bracket below.  The last round had very similar margins, with Moriarty and Professor McGonagall winning each of their battles by about 67%.  

Click on the picture below to see the names a little better, but you might want to get your glasses out one last time.

Voting on our Championship Round of Heroes and Villains will continue through Wednesday, April 2nd, and the ultimate winner will be announced on Thursday, April 3rd; stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.  As before, voting is open to everyone, but we again have only a few short days before a final winner will be announced.