Category Archives: Technology and Networking

Media literacy educators used collaboration in a video production setting

Here is another article by someone from Temple University.

A Story of Conflict and Collaboration: Media Literacy, Video Production and Disadvantaged Youth” by Elizaveta Friesem, Temple University

Media literacy educators talk about the importance of developing essential social skills, such as collaboration, by using video production in the classroom. Video production with disadvantaged youth can also play a role of art therapy, as students use their creativity to come to terms with traumatizing pasts. This paper offers an account of a media literacy intervention that involved making videos with a class of foster youth. Using the methodology of portraiture, I describe highlights and pitfalls of collaboration that one of the teams experienced. I focus on moments of conflict, unleashed creativity and transformation brought by one video project.

Increasing the accessibility of web technologies for library users with disabilities

This was recently presented at the Library Technology Conference in St. Paul, MN.

Universal Access: Engaging the Complexity of Web Accessibility Through Collaboration” by Katherine Lynch, Jackie Sipes, and Kristina De Voe

Web accessibility is a growing concern for many libraries and higher education institutions. Temple University is currently undergoing a campus-wide effort to increase accessibility of web technologies for users with disabilities using guidelines modeled on Section 508 of the U.S. Workforce Rehabilitation Act and the WCAG 2.0 document released by the W3C for best practices in web accessibility. As part of this effort, the University Libraries is evaluating its information technologies to ensure that university web accessibility guidelines are met. Library public services and technology staff alike are faced with remediation of content and information systems. This session will offer insights into the opportunities, obstacles, and options of applying web accessibility guidelines across a library’s vast web presence. Presenters will discuss general tools, standards, and guidelines for content remediation and the outcomes plus challenges. The session will highlight concrete strategies for educating and training staff on web accessibility, working collaboratively across library departments and units, and communicating with vendors.

Hipstas Project Aims to Make Sound Recordings More Accessible

The Hipstas (High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship) Project from the University of Texas Austin in collaboration with the Illinois Informatics Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign uses an algorithm to visualize and classify sound.

This tool was originally used to identify bird calls, and is now being used to analyze archival sound recordings and make them more usable. Check out The Chronicle of Higher Education article for more information.

New project to treat computer code as a research object

This collaborative project is organized by the Mozilla Science Lab.

Code as a research object: a new project

Posted on December 11, 2013 by Kaitlin Thaney

Our newest project extends our existing work around “code as a research object”, exploring how we can better integrate code and scientific software into the scholarly workflow. The project will test building a bridge that will allow users to push code from their GitHub repository to figshare, providing a Digital Object Identifier for the code (a gold standard of sorts in science, allowing persistent reference linking). We will also be working on a “best practice” standard (think a MIAME standard for code), so that each research object has sufficient documentation to make it possible to meaningfully use.

The project will be a collaboration of the Science Lab with Arfon Smith (Github; co-founder Zooniverse) and Mark Hahnel and his team at figshare.

Hackers code and collaborate in the library

Here is another article. This one is from the journal, Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

The Steacie Library Dungeon Hackfest: Hackers in the Library Coding, Collaborating and Creating by Sarah Shujah

From some of the abstract:

The Steacie Science and Engineering Library at York University hosted its first annual Steacie Library Dungeon Hackfest in February 2013. The purpose of a hackfest is to spend a day (or longer) using computer programming skills to collaborate on a particular software project and, hopefully, bring the project to reality. The project may be an app, widget, or website. It is evident that hackfests, as a form of engaged learning, help to reinforce the relevance of the library since it has implications for information literacy, open access, faculty liaison, and the changing perception of library as place. Twenty-five participants that included students, faculty, and staff hacked on Open York Data: York University’s openly accessible records and data such as course codes, lab stats of computers available in various libraries, subject headings, and research interests of faculty.

Enterprise content management, digital libraries, and collaboration

This presentation, Enterprise Content Management and Digital Libraries: Cultural Clash and Collaboration Opportunity, was presented at the March 2012 Library Technology Conference at Macalester College. However, it was just recently uploaded to SlideShare.

Compares and contrasts how libraries and businesses manage and share their digital information and assets. It explores the current conversation in two private liberal arts institutions, Bethel University and Macalester College and how they are approaching the conversation around managing digital assets on their campus.

Thanks to @LibSkrat for finding.

U. at Albany and a local community college collaborate to share technology services

The Wired Campus blog at the Chronicle of Higher Education noted that

The State University of New York’s University at Albany and nearby Hudson Valley Community College have agreed to take the first steps in what officials envision as a long-term, multifaceted sharing of information-technology services and facilities.

Researchers, Twitter, and Collaboration

This Eureka Alert has a short blurb from the University of Miami (FL).

Researchers’ tweets move science forward

University of Miami scientist and his collaborators explain how twitter is useful in sharing ideas, sparking collaborations and publicizing discoveries”

Learning, research, community, and collaboration in libraries for the 21st Century

Joan K. Lippincott presented “Envisioning the Library for the 21st Century: Learning, Research, Community” on August 8, 2013 at the Georgia Tech Library.

She has provided leadership for programs in teaching and learning, assessment, learning spaces, and collaboration among professional groups and is a widely published author and frequent conference speaker. Joan received her Ph.D. in higher education policy, planning, and administration from the University of Maryland, her M.L.S. from SUNY Geneseo, and an A.B. from Vassar College. She also completed graduate work at George Washington University and Cornell University.

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Editorial board that spans 16 time zones–much collaboration needed

This paper was presented at the recent IFLA meeting in Singapore.

The ALTO editorial board: collaboration and cooperation across borders

From some of the abstract:

The current editorial board has members from the National Library of Finland, the British Library, Singapore National Library Board, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Netherlands Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Library of Congress, the University of Kentucky, the University of California Riverside, and a software company, Content Conversion Specialists. All but two are IFLA members, and several serve on other standards boards in addition to the ALTO board. (You can see the list of current editorial board members at With members in cities that span 16 time zones, you can imagine collaboration, cooperation, and good communication are essential to achieving anything. Of course a willingness of the members in the outlying time zones to get up early or stay up late is indispensable too. Good telecommunications infrastructure is imperative, and, as we will see, free and easy (Skype) sometimes is not reliable. This paper gives an account of the history of the ALTO XML standard, of the ALTO editorial board, and of the ways that the board organizes itself and conducts its business.