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

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Becoming an Uber Efficient Researcher

zotero_gold-ruby-workshopPlease bring a laptop to the workshop!

Find out how to use research management tools like Zotero to gather, organize and automatically create citations for research papers. In this workshop, you will learn about the options available and gain hands-on experience with one of these tools to capture, save and export citations into a word document in the citation style of your choice.  Instructor: Tracy Paradis – Reference & Instruction Librarian, Milne Library

Becoming an Uber Efficient Researcher Using Research Management Tools 
Wednesday, September 21
2:30 – 3:30 pm
MacVittie College Union Room 322/323

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3D printing now available at the CIT HelpDesk in Milne Library

Stop by Milne Library and look behind the glass of the CIT HelpDesk. There you will find two 3D printers hard at work
creating three-dimensional objects of all sorts. 3D printing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file using a wide range of material like plastic, metal, and ceramics. A 3D printer lays down layer upon layer of material until the object is created.

You can design your own 3D objects using software on the Geneseo lab computers or find ready-to-print STL files on 3D community websites like thingiverse.com and youmagine.com. Many community members on these sites share their designs under a Creative Commons license, so you can use, alter, and print the designs.

The printing cost is based on the weight of the 3D object after it is printed. The cost is 4 cents per gram with a 50-cent service charge and there is a rainbow of colors to choose from.

Geneseo is running a new three-credit experimental course this semester entitled Intro to 3D Modeling and Printing.

PrinterCloseUpTo learn more about CIT’s 3D printing service, including how to submit an object for printing and to learn about the CIT Experimental Lab visit wiki.geneseo.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=105971950 .

Textbooks and Reserves

Milne library has a growing collection of required course texts for many of the courses taught on campus. Most are available for 4 hour loan at the Service Desk.

For an in-depth explanation of all that is available, check out our Find Textbooks and Course Reserves Guide.  With many options of how to access required materials for students’ different courses, the process may be confusing. This guide will help students find material for their coursework.

If Milne doesn’t have the text or course reading that you need on reserve at the Service Desk, you may be able to find it in the general collection.  Here are a few ways to find out:

  1. Search for the title in GLOCAT+ to see if we have it in the library’s general collection.
  2. Search for the title of your textbook on our How Do I Find My Course Texts library guide to see if we have it on 4 hour reserve at the Service Desk.
  3. Search for it in IDS Search to see if we can borrow it for you from another library.

And don’t forget about our new Kindle Textbooks on Reserve!

We are piloting a new way of providing affordable access to textbooks. Starting this semester, we will be circulating selected textbooks on Kindle Fire HD tablets. The Kindles can be checked out for 4 hours and include the following textbooks:

Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, 5th ed.)
Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, 5th ed.)
Multivariable Calculus (Stewart, 7th ed.)
Multivariable Calculus (Stewart, 7th ed.)
Organic Chemistry (Solomons, 11th ed.)
Organic Chemistry (Solomons, 11th ed.)
Organic Chemistry (McMurry, 8th ed.)
Organic Chemistry (McMurry, 8th ed.)

Security Issues for Internet Explorer

IE-blogIf you use Internet Explorer, you may want to check out what CIT NewsBytes has to say about protecting yourself from the latest hacking vulnerabilities in IE.

For now, CIT recommends updating your IE browser and using IE “only for Geneseo websites that require IE. All non-Geneseo websites should be accessed with an alternate browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.).”

Check the CIT NewsBytes for updates on this security issue.

Change Passwords to Avoid the Heartache of Heartbleed

HeartbleedIf you’ve been under a rock the past week, you may not be aware that many of your online accounts might have been compromised by the heartbleed bug.  The security breach is with the servers you have been logging into (e.g. Gmail, instant messaging, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, Dropbox, etc.), so the best thing that you can do is change your passwords for those accounts sooner rather than later.

Mashable has compiled a great list of accounts that may have been affected including social networks, email providers, online shopping sites, financial institutions and more.  Bottom line, now might be a good time to update your passwords and continue to do so on a regular basis.

Geneseo’s CIT NewsBytes offers some other tips as well and will continue to update the campus on this issue.

Can’t access library databases? Try clearing your browser cache.

A recent security update to Milne Library’s EZProxy system (the system that permits off campus use of library databases) has lead to problems for some library users.

Clicking on a bookmarked database link or a link from the homepage may result in an error message related to the SSL certificate, or the browser may simply freeze.

If you are experiencing this issue, try clearing your browser cache. WikiHow provides step-by-step directions to clear your cache for most browsers.

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If you are still having problems, stop by the library to talk with our Tech Help staff or call us at 585-245-5608.

Practical applications for Google Earth

GoogleEarthIntroduced in 2005, Google Earth is a three-dimensional virtual globe overlaid with dynamic data layers that let you explore land, oceans, moon and stars. There’s even a tour guide option that will give you historical information about significant places and events.

TrafficDataViewerGovernments and businesses are using it to make decision for location based projects by analyzing geospatial information layered by topographic, demographic, traffic data, and the like.  For example, the New York State Department of Transportation has developed a Traffic Data Viewer that uses data from the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Database (a google earth application) to display published traffic data graphically. County administrators can use this resource to plan repaving efforts or an entrepreneur could use local traffic patterns to determine the best location to open up their new start-up.

everest-googleearthEducators are using it extensively in many different disciplines and ways, such as understanding global development, selecting and visualizing field study sites, studying land-use law and to depict the locations of many of the disputes, visualizing historical events and issues like the Trans-Atlantic slave trade routes, the underground railroad, the abolishment of slavery in Great Britain, mapping field trip routes, analyzing communication systems and so much more.

Plus, the Google Earth community is a great place to find data and can be used to explore historic grave sites, find overlays and place-marks related to Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding in New Orleans, study locations of large airliner accidents, shipwrecks, World War I & II, and more.

Feel free to leave us a comment because we want to know… How have you been using Google Earth?

Earth Day 4/22/2013

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This year, earthday.org is focusing their theme on facing climate change.  To draw attention to the fact that climate change impacts us all, a global mosaic is being built.

Organizers are asking folks to upload photos that include a face with a sign that says “The Face of Climate Change.”  Make a difference and personalize your message to the world.

You can also take the  footprint calculator quiz to measure your ecological footprint.  The calculator measures how much land it would take to support your lifestyle based on the country’s average consumption profile.

How does the US rate as a whole?  Sadly, the gap between our ecological footprint and the planet’s biocapacity to sustain us has only widened in the past two years. So we all have a lot of work to do…

Here are a few ideas to reduce your own footprint:

  • Purchase products that use less packaging and those you do purchase should be made out of post-consumer recycled materials.
  • Take less vacations involving air travel.
  • Carpool and purchase vehicles with better fuel economyecofootprint2
  • Buy locally produced food (less packaging, trasport costs and the like mean a smaller footprint).
  • Plant a fruit/vegetable garden and compost organic materials (zero packaging or transport costs).
  • Plan the week’s meals in advance to cut down on food waste, trips to the market and impulse buying.
  • Buy second-hand items and donate or sell your unwanted appliances, clothes, books and furniture.
  • Lower your thermostat by 4 degrees (and program it to stay low!)
  • Recycle (list of recyclables from the EPA).
  • Use the green option from your public utilities provider.

Here are even more ideas for living green.