Entries for April 2007

April 30, 2007

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements and my office hours on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of April 30th
  • April 30 (Monday): 12pm-4pm
  • May 1 (Tuesday): 8am-12pm
  • May 2 (Wednesday): None Scheduled
  • May 3 (Thursday): 8am-12pm
  • May 4 (Friday): 12pm-4pm

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 508)

  • Open 24x7

  • Includes computer for searching library resources

  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure

  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

April 24, 2007

SAE Publications Board to Review Digital Rights Management Controls for Education

SAE International’s Publications Board temporarily will suspend full activation of Digital Rights Management (DRM) controls as applied on the Society’s Digital Library of technical papers for licensees at colleges, universities and other academic institutions. See full story for more information.

Nanotechnology Podcast

The Bourne Report provides timely insight into the emerging technology marketplace, with a focus on MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems), Nanotechnology and the convergence of both. The podcast highlights trends relating to the commercial use of Nano/MEMS across all major market segments and industries.

You can download or listen to each episode directly from the website or subscribe via iTunes (just search for “Bourne Report”); in both instances, it’s free. New episodes are posted each Sunday.

For more information about Bourne Research and The Bourne Report, please visit www.bourneresearch.com.

The Inaugural Issue of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine

Check out the inaugural issue of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine. The print and podcast versions are at the main website: www.BloggerAndPodcaster.com. Make sure to enjoy the interactive digital edition - nothing like the ads talking to you.

Subscribe Free: Blogger & Podcaster

April 23, 2007

ACRL Offers Webcast on Podcasting

ACRL offers The Classroom Will Now Be Podcast: Podcasting in Higher Education and Implications for Academic Libraries.

Podcasting is an emerging technology that allows for the easy online distribution of media files. The use of podcasts for both personal broadcasting and as a media tool has grown greatly in the past couple of years. Many institutions of higher education are now utilizing this technology as a method of distributing promotional and educational content. This webcast explores the growing usage of podcasting in higher education and examines how academic libraries fit into the educasting environment. The session focuses attention on examples of podcasts as classroom and library instruction tools and examines how academic libraries can become more integrally involved in podcasting efforts on their campuses.

This Webcast will last approximately an hour and a half.

2007 TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium

Registration is now open for the first annual Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium, sponsored by ALA TechSource and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

Gaming and literacy experts James Paul Gee and Henry Jenkins will keynote the event by exploring how libraries fit into the intersection of gaming and the digital learning landscape, while guest speakers Eli Neiburger (author of the 2007 title "Gamers…in the Library?! The Why, What, and How of Videogame Tournaments for All Ages") and Syracuse University Game Lab Director Scott Nicholson will kick off the discussions about why libraries do this. Gregory Trefry, a game designer from GameLab, will explore libraries and the concept of "big games," while social computing expert and gamer Liz Lawley will provide context and a broad view for the topics discussed.

More than 25 sessions in three tracks will cover such wide-ranging topics as creating games for information literacy, implementing gaming programs, teaching kids how to make their own games, gaming for adults, digital downloads for gamers, online fiction games, and more. In addition, a track dedicated to Second Life will highlight how libraries are creating a presence in this virtual world and what they are gaining from it.

Virtual World Librarianship - Your Second Life

The Illinois Alliance Library System and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science is offering a continuing education course, called Virtual World Librarianship - Your Second Life. The 6 two-hour synchronous sessions will meet online in Second Life. Asynchronous discussions and weekly assignments will be posted to Forums on Moodle, the course management system used at GSLIS.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements and my office hours on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of April 23rd
  • April 23 (Monday): 8am-10am
  • April 24 (Tuesday): None Scheduled
  • April 25 (Wednesday): 8am-12pm
  • April 26 (Thursday): OFF
  • April 27 (Friday): OFF

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 508)

  • Open 24x7

  • Includes computer for searching library resources

  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure

  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

April 22, 2007

Update: ICIS Creates a Students Portal - Includes Chemical Prices

ICIS has fixed the format of the chemical price list that is contained within their student portal. It formally did not view correctly in the Firefox browser, but it should work for all major browsers now.

April 17, 2007

Social Computing Specialization - How Much More 2.0 Can Your Degree Be

The University of Michigan School of Information now offers a specialization in Social Computing.

Students pursuing a specialization in Social Computing learn to analyze online social interactions, both in online communities and in more diffuse social networks. They learn about features of social computing technologies so they can recognize opportunities to put them to use in new settings and make good choices about alternative implementations.

Have other schools or degree programs went beyond a single class or workshop? I have not seen any myself.

(As a person living in Ohio, I am only allowed to use the "m" word once a year, so this was it.)

Google Maps has a Sense of Humor

1. Go to Google Maps
2. Click on "get directions"
3. Type "New York" in the first box  (the "from" box)
4. Type "London"  in the second box (the "to" box) (hit get directions)
5. Scroll down  to step #23

Electron Devices Society PhD Student Fellowship Program

The IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) established the PhD Student Fellowship Program to promote, recognize, and support graduate level study and research within the Electron Devices Societies. Deadline is May 15, 2006, and nominations must be made by a EDS member. Students would receive $7,000 and a travel subsidy of up to $3,000 to attend the IEDM for presentation of award plaque. The EDS Newsletter will feature articles about the EDS Graduate Fellows and their work over the course of the next year.Make sure you see the PhD Student Fellowship Program for full details.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements and my office hours on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of April 16th
  • April 16 (Monday) - 18 (Wednesday): by Appointment
  • April 12 (Thursday): OFF
  • April 13 (Friday): OFF

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .
* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.


Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 508)
  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

April 14, 2007

IEEE Xplore Demonstration

The Kelvin Smith Library is sponsoring two sessions for Case faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Xplore Database. The campus community is invited to participate from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on April 18 in White Hall, Room 411. The session will include pizza and a chance to win prizes. RSVP to Brian Gray.

An alternative session will occur from 2-3 p.m. the same day in Nord Hall, Room 310.

Map of Second Life Brands

Check out this map of brands in Second Life. Libraries and other organizations need to explore how we can leverage these relationships within SL.

Over the last few years, I see a belief that has developed where companies, products, and services are not considered legitimate unless a web presence exists. Just think about your personal experiences, when was the last time you actually used a phone book. How long will it take before Second Life also becomes a measuring device or the "phone book" of services and organizations?

April 09, 2007

Kelvin Smith Library at Research ShowCASE

Make sure to stop into the Research ShowCASE on April 11th and 12th. Kelvin Smith Library has several opportunities for you on April 12th, including:

  • The Freedman Center: From Inspiration to Presentation - Booth 469
  • Kelvin Smith Library - What You Don't Know Can Hurt You! - Booth 467
  • Online Historical Archives: Kelvin Smith Library, Digital Case, and the Future of Open Source Electronic Research Repositories (Mark Eddy, Social Sciences Librarian) - Poster 207
  • Knovel as a Tool for Engineering Research and Education (Brian Gray, Engineering Librarian, and Mohan Sankaran, Professor in Chemical Engineering) - Poster 216
The Kelvin Smith Library would like to point out a couple more points of interest:
  • Designing a Portable High Definition Stereoscopic Camera System for Capturing Cultural Content (Jared Bendis, Creative Director of New Media, Freedman Center) - Booth 468
  • WPA Prints in Special Collections, Kelvin Smith Library (Ellen Landau, Professor Art History) - Poster 208)



RESEARCH SHOWCASE 2007
THE FUTURE IS NOW

April 11th and 12th, 2007

RESEARCH SHOWCASE is a free public event held in the Veale Convocation Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Hundreds of scientists and scholars will come together on April 11th and 12th, 2007 at Case Western Reserve University Veale Convocation Center to celebrate the broad range of research being conducted at Case and its affiliates.

With over 500 poster presentations and live demonstrations, Research ShowCASE is the perfect opportunity for business, government and civic leaders, researchers and investors to meet. Provocative forums throughout the day highlight research in the context of current local and global issues and the commercial aspects of research and discovery.

This year’s panels include The Information Revolution with guest speaker Ambassador Joseph Wilson, author of The Politics of Truth, Race and the Nation – Snapshot of America in Change, with guest speaker Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Fast Forward – the Future of Funding, including guest speaker John Osher, Entrepreneur and Spin Brush Developer and Magic Technology – Advances in Bio-Imaging, including speakers from the academic and corporate research areas of the newest bio-imaging technology.

Breakout sessions throughout the day on April 12th include Speed Mentoring, Bio-Imaging and Women of Excellence – Honoring Women Researchers and Scholars.

For more information about Research ShowCASE, including a complete program schedule, registration, parking, directions, maps and lodging, visit http://showcase.case.edu or contact us at 216-368-5963.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements and my office hours on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of April 9th
  • April 9 (Monday) - 11 (Wednesday): Email or phone only
  • April 12 (Thursday): Research ShowCASE (Booth 467 or Poster 216)
  • April 13 (Friday): OFF

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .
* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.


Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 508)
  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

April 06, 2007

Backyard Fuel Cell

Wired reports that Stephen Friend built the first fuel cell-powered house. He lives on Stuart Island in the Pacific Northwest and the island has no electric system.

[VIA: MAKE: Blog, March 20, 2007]

April 05, 2007

Life 2.0 Summit (Second Life)

Life 2.0 Summit is an inworld event focusing on topics of interest to developers, builders, and the wider Second Life Community. Life 2.0 Summit will kick off with an eight-hour LSL weekend bootcamp ("LSL University"), followed by four days of panel discussions bringing together some of the sharpest thinkers in the global SL (and SL-watching RL) community. Registration is required.

Dr. Dobb's Life 2.0 is a new initiative aimed at providing software developers with a resource for events, training, and business development within the Second Life virtual world.

Case is Strong in Licensing Revenue

Case Western Reserve University led Ohio universities, hospitals and research institutes by collecting $29.4 million in licensing revenues over the last three years, almost more than all other institutions in Ohio combined, according to the recently released U.S. Licensing Survey for fiscal year 2005 by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

[VIA: CASE DAILY, March 27, 2007]

April 04, 2007

Will your face be your next password?

Check out this CNET News.com video that demonstrates a desktop 3D face recognition camera that could be the future of computer and data security.

Continue reading "Will your face be your next password?"

A Portrait of Generation Next

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press published a reported called How Young People View Their Lives, Futures, and Politics - A Portrait of "GENERATION NEXT". For their analysis, they focused on those between 18-25 years of age. This 45-page report was released on January 9, 2007, and was made available by PDF.

Here are some findings relevant to libraries and web 2.0:

  • Importance of email, text messaging, and instant messaging to stay in "constant contact with friends"
  • 1/2 received or sent a phone text message today - double of that of 26-40 year olds
  • Majority use social networking sites with 40% creating personal profiles - report calls this "Look at Me" generation
  • 73% believe their peers post too much personal information
  • 80% acknowledge technology makes people lazier
  • 12% claim to be "not an internet user"
  • 1/3 used instant messaging today
From "About the Center":
The Center is an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes

toward the press, politics and public policy issues. We are best known

for regular national surveys that measure public attentiveness to major news stories, and for our polling that charts trends in values and fundamental political and social attitudes.

[VIA: The Scout Report, January 26, 2007 - Volume 13, Number 3]

NEW - Society of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

The Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SNN) is a worldwide organisation set up to serve the needs of the “nano” community. SNN was officially launched to the international community during the recent and very successful “International Meeting on Developments in Materials, Processes and Applications of Nanotechnology”, MPA-2007, organised by SNN, which was held at the University of Ulster, UK on 15 January 2007.

From About Us:

  • Promote all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Educate and bring awareness to people about nanotechnology and its impact on society
  • Raise, discuss and debate nano-related issues, including government policies on nanotechnology
  • Offer different levels of memberships, with benefits, to people working in nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Organise and manage international nano-related conferences
  • Provide an effective advertising platform for companies to promote their business
  • Promote education and training through organising workshops, short educational courses, seminars, etc.
  • Bringing to the front, current and most recent up-to-date scientific and technical information to the public
  • Provide consultancy services to both people from academia and industry
  • Alert people about new job opportunities
  • Publish journals, reports, books and newsletters
  • National, European and international research projects: identify, link partners and coordinate projects

April 02, 2007

MM&M Celebrates 40 Years of Interdisciplinary Discovery

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Orthopaedics are hosting a two-day symposium April 3-4 to celebrate 40 years of interdisciplinary research in orthopaedic biomechanics through the Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Materials (MMM) Laboratories. The keynote speaker is Albert Burstein, one of the founders of the laboratory and internationally recognized for his seminal contributions to the understanding of bone biomechanics and total joint replacement design. The symposium will also include lectures by current faculty as well as engineers and clinicians in the field. Register online or call 368-5403.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, March 28, 2007]

Special Collections or Library Displays in Web 2.0

Shorpy.com is a 100-year-old photography blog that brings our ancestors into today's spotlight. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a boy who worked in an Alabama coal mine near the turn of the century. They started with a collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s by Lewis Wickes Hine as part of a decade-long field survey for the National Child Labor Committee.

Shorpy.com is a fine example our how library, museum, and private collections can be made available to the world using web 2.0 tools and techniques.

[VIA: MAKE: Blog, Mar 21, 2007]