GoConqr

goconqrPerhaps you’re looking for tools to help you study and prepare for exams? GoConqr (formerly known as Exam Time) is a learning and networking tool for students and educators. GoConqr allows users to make flashcards, mindmaps, quizzes, notes, and slides to review concepts. Users can then choose to keep these resources private for their own use (or for their class’s use), or opt to share these resources to the larger GoConqr community.

By sharing resources, other CoConqr users can search and use these resources for their own purposes. GoConqr is designed to help users prepare for standardized tests (such as the SAT, ACT, and GRE) or to study subject-specific facts and content. This web-based tool is also available as a free application for iOS and android devices. [MMB]

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

Fair Use? Your Rights as a User and Creator of Digital Content

Can you be sued for using an image you found online? Is writing fan fiction legal? When you get inspired by something you read online and create something new from it, do you own it? After discussing scenarios, attendees will appreciate the fine line between fair use and copyright infringement, and will recognize the difference between student and professional behavior.
Instructor: Sue Ann Brainard – Library Faculty, Milne Library

Thursday, November 10th
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Milne 208

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit] *Required Workshop

Falling Back – Set Those Clocks!

daylightsavingsDaylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday and our clocks will need to be set back 1 hour.

Daylight-savings time is the advancing of the clock, usually in summer time, one hour ahead of the local standard time in order to increase the hours of daylight available at the end of the day.

DaylightSavFUN FACT¹: In the 1950s and 1960s, after World War II, there was no national law about daylight saving time. So any city or town could decide to have daylight saving time, and also could decide on its own when to start it and when to end it. So as daylightsaving time became popular, you had the situation where one town wouldn’t have daylight saving time; the neighboring town would have daylight saving time. And the third neighboring town might have daylight saving time, but starting and ending at different dates than the second town. And one of the interesting things that happened at that time is there was a bus ride you could take on Route 2 from Moundsville, West Virginia, to Steubenville, Ohio.

And the bus ride was only 35 miles but because of some towns along the way had daylight saving time and some didn’t, if you wanted to keep your watch correct during that 35-mile ride, would have to change the watch seven times.

1. The story of daylight saving time (2009). . Washington, D.C.: NPR. Retrieved from https://proxy.geneseo.edu/login?url=http://proxy.geneseo.edu:2091/docview/189972197?accountid=11072

GOLD: Introduction to Video Creation

GOLD.VideoCreationPlease bring a laptop to the workshop!

There is much more involved in creating a quality video than having a shiny camera and knowing what buttons to push in your video editing software. Video editing is a craft that if not pursued with a level of efficiency can become time consuming and frustrating, when it should be enjoyable and rewarding. The purpose of this session will be to provide GOLD students with an introduction to many of the facets involved in capturing, editing, and exporting video. At the end of your time in this session you will have a basic familiarity with the workflow, challenges, and skills necessary to complete a quality video project.
Instructor: Joe Dolce – Computing Information and Technology

Thursday, November 3rd
1:00 – 2:00 pm
GOLD Leadership Center,
MacVittie College Union, Room 114

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

Advanced Database Searching: Improve Your Search Results

GOLD.AdvancedSearvhingPlease bring a laptop to the workshop!

Leaders, scholars, and professionals all have one thing in common: they have complex information needs. This workshop will teach participants to leverage the power of online search tools by applying filters, citation tracking, and other techniques rarely used by casual researchers. You’ll be expert researchers after this workshop!
Instructors: Bonnie Swoger – Library Faculty, Milne Library; Sue Ann Brainard – Library Faculty, Milne Library

Tuesday, October 25th
1:00 – 2:00 pm
GOLD Leadership Center,
MacVittie College Union, Room 114

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

Bob Dylan’s Career as a Blakean Visionary and Romantic

dylan-stelzigIn 2013, Milne Library published an essay by SUNY Geneseo Professor Emeritus Eugene Stelzig titled Bob Dylan’s Career as a Blakean Visionary and Romantic.”

Upon the occasion of Dylan’s being awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, this might well be worth another look. Free PDF and ePub versions are available, and you can buy a print version from Amazon.com.

“Bob Dylan’s Career as a Blakean Visionary and Romantic” was completed in 1976 as an invited contribution to a volume of academic and scholarly essays on Dylan to be published by the Popular Press and edited by Patrick Morrow. After the volume was accepted and the publication contract was signed, the Popular Press reneged on the agreement, apparently because it felt the volume would fall between the cracks: Dylan’s popular fan base would not be interested in a book of academic articles, and academics would not be interested in a pop culture idol. Obviously things have changed considerably in the intervening decades!

This discussion—written almost four decades ago—of the deep affinities between Dylan’s song poetry and the Romantics, especially William Blake, is one of the early “scholarly” as opposed to popular appreciations of Dylan’s art and his oeuvre from his first album up to and including Desire (1976).

According to Stelzig,

“The piece has led a sort of underground life for decades in the wake of Robert Shelton listing it in the bibliography of his biography of Dylan, so I’m delighted that Milne Library is making it available and easily accessible to anyone.”

We previously announced this publication in the Open Access resources via SUNY Open Textbooks.

 

 

Juilliard Manuscripts Collection

juilliardClassical music fans will want to check out the Juilliard Manuscripts Collection, a spectacular collection of very rare manuscripts. These documents were donated to the school in 2006 by Bruce Kovner, a business professional and philanthropist who served as chair of the board at Juilliard.

composersThis collection includes engraved first editions of manuscripts by Johannes Sebastian Bach; an autographed letter from Ludwig van Beethoven; a copy of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – with his own annotations – that may have been used in the symphony’s very first performance; and a signed holograph by Claude Debussy.

Visitors to this website can search for manuscripts by composer. In addition to the luminaries mentioned above, this collection contains manuscripts by Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copland, Dmitri Shostakovich, Richard Wagner, and more. Each manuscript is accompanied with complete bibliographic information. [MMB]

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

GOLD: Leveraging Social Media to Make an Impact

gold-socialmedia1Please bring a laptop to the workshop!

Become familiar with some of the social media technologies needed to represent yourself as a professional, your organization, or your cause. These include social networks, social bookmarking, and other relevant web 2.0 applications. The focus of this workshop is to establish best practices, begin developing your message, and to take a closer look at the techniques and tactics used for getting noticed.
Instructor: Tracy Paradis – Reference & Instruction Librarian, Milne Library

Monday, October 3rd
2:30 – 3:30 pm
MacVittie College Union Hunt Room

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

The Global Open Data Index

globalopendata-800x600-scoutThe Global Open Data Index, an initiative of Open Knowledge International, is at once an index of government open data and an assessment of these indexes. As the site notes, “Each year, governments are making more data available in an open format.” The Global Open Data Index tracks whether these data are released in a way that is open and accessible to citizens, the media, and the generally curious.

The Index ranks countries based on the availability and accessibility of data across 13 categories (including Election Results, Government Spending, and Legislation), displaying the results in an easily navigated infographic and map. Visitors to the site may also view open datasets, when available, by following links on these graphs or by conducting a text search. This makes the Global Open Data Index an excellent one stop shop for national data. Country rankings are updated annually. [MMB]

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

Library CryptoParty: 9/22, 4-6pm

crypto_800x600Curious about privacy, surveillance, or encryption?

Is the stuff on Mr. Robot real?

Find out:
Thursday, September 22 from
4-6:00 pm in
Milne 208.

At Milne Library’s CryptoParty, work with staff one-on-one to explore tools for better privacy and hear short talks on topics including: Tor, SciHub, the Internet of Things, social engineering, and more.

Better privacy is for everyone. All levels of comfort with technology are welcome!

Can’t make it? Our Systems Librarian, maintains a guide about some of the topics we’ll cover.