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August 26, 2014

In the last three years, Library staff have been  implementing  the 2011 recommendations of the Academic Commons Task Force (ACTF), a component of the Integrated Planning Process of 2010-2011. The recommendations include items for the offices and programs that will be housed in the renovated library building, the nature of library collections, and the conceptual and physical role of the building in campus intellectual life. Following an account of the general goals of the review, readers will find a history of the project beginning with the ACTF recommendations about the Library’s...

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August 26, 2014

As part of the 2014 Mellon grant (“Developing Leadership in the Digital Liberal Arts”) (link above), fourteen Occidental faculty members over the course of the next three years will serve as faculty fellows associated with the Center for Digital Learning + Research. During these semester-long fellowships, the faculty fellows will have the opportunity to develop digital research projects and experiment with new pedagogical approaches. This work will be supported by a course release, funds for required equipment, and the collaborative labor of postdoctoral fellows affiliated with the CDLR. These...

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August 26, 2014

 The Center for Digital Learning + Research is delighted to welcome the arrival of Patty Ahn and David Kim as new Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellows.

 

Patty Ahn

Patty is joining us from the Critical Studies Department at USC's School of Cinematic Arts,...

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August 26, 2014

We are nearly finished spending the $70K grant from the Connell Foundation to launch a Critical Making Studio housed in the Academic Commons. Working in coordination with the Media, Arts, and Culture program, we have purchased four professional production kits (cameras, lenses, lights, audio recorders, and associated stands) and have configured five computers to serve as high-end post-production stations available to all students at the college.

 

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August 26, 2014

2013-14 was a big year for the advancement of digital technologies at Occidental College with the completion of the Johnson Hall renovation and opening of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs.

This remarkable building combines the best of the old and the new, with the preservation of historical exterior and interior details, and the invention of a bold new teaching and learning space, which integrates online and physical communication. On April 26, 2014, Occidental celebrated the formal Dedication of the McKinnon Center, along with the Varelas Innovation Lab, Choi Auditorium, and Irwin Field Media Classroom.

At the nerve center of these spaces are the Global Forum media wall and its web-based scholarly authoring platform, Global Crossroads. In preparation for the opening, staff and student workers from Scholarship Technology worked closely with faculty, administrators and staff of the McKinnon Center, International Programs Office,...

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August 26, 2014

This summer the subject specialists in the Academic Commons have been hard at work on a number of projects, and are excited for you to see the new version of the Research Guides.

Research Guides are organized by academic department and offer students a better way to understand which library databases may be relevant to their field of study, along with a number of other helpful tips and resources for reference, citation, and finding data and media resources.

The new guides have a sleeker design and greater control over customization, plus advanced statistics that help us understand user needs. We think you’ll be most interested in the new Database Finder and Subject pages. The new Database Finder includes multiple filtering options for finding the perfect databases for your research. You can limit by vendor, resource type, and subject, and will see a new tier of resources that the specialists have...

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August 25, 2013

ITS implemented an aggressive upgrade plan for the campus wireless network this summer. 224 new and more powerful wireless access points(APs) were installed in the following buildings:

  • Fowler Hall - previously had 7 APs, now has 24 APs
  • Hameetman Science Center - previously had 3 APs, now has 20 APs
  • Mosher 1,2,3 classrooms - previously had 2 APs, now has 7 APs
  • Johnson Hall - previously had 8 APs, now has 30
  • Rangeview Residence Hall and Classrooms - previously had 38 APs, now has 70 APs
  • Wylie - 14 APs replaced
  • Bell Young - 14 APs replaced
  • Erdman - 10 APs replaced
  • Norris - 24 APs replaced
  • Chilcott...
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August 25, 2013

In the winters of 2009, 2011, and 2013, Information Resources administered a national survey called MISO (Measuring Information Service Outcomes, http://www.misosurvey.org/). The survey, which has customizable versions for faculty, staff, and students, was developed for internal purposes at Bryn Mawr College over ten years ago; it is now used nationally and maintained by a team from several liberal arts colleges. The survey results help IR

  • better understand how the College community views library and technology services,
  • concentrate on improving the service areas most important to the campus, and
  • compare survey results to those of other schools in order to determine best practices.

The survey asks about frequency of use, importance of, and satisfaction...

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August 25, 2013

The Michael J. Connell Foundation granted Occidental's request for approximately $70,000 to establish a Digital Production Studio to support multimedia and computational work across the curriculum, especially in departments that do not have their own equipment and training programs. The grant will fund the purchase of video and audio production equipment, GPS devices, digital cameras, post-production software, and a suite of physical computing equipment. The production equipment will be available for checkout and use by students and groups on campus. At the same time, the CDLR will offer a series of workshops, studio sessions, and labs on topics such as digital storytelling, oral/video history methods, web design, and critical making. These offerings will provide training to students from any...

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August 25, 2013

Dr. Jessica Blickley

Dr. Jessica Blickley will join the Instruction + Research team in Scholarship Technology to serve faculty and students across the sciences. Dr. Blickley earned her PhD in Ecology from UC Davis and her BS in Biology at Pomona College. She brings experience in mentoring undergraduate student research and instructional design through her work at UC Davis and in the Los Angeles Community College District. Her skills in science-related techniques and technologies range from computer programming (Python) to statistical analysis (R, Matlab, GIS) to field research devices (for collecting geospatial and audio data).

Samuel Boland ‘13

Sam Boland  is Oxy’s first CDLR postbaccalaureate fellow in a position funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sam is a self-taught programmer who has worked on multiple...

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