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August 29, 2016

The CDLA and the Library are always looking for new resources that will give faculty and students ever greater access to quality sources for scholarship.  Among the featured new resources this year are streaming video of thousands of scholarly and feature titles and new library databases to cover more of your research needs.

Streaming Video Platforms

With new relationships with two services, Occidental College now brings the convenience of being able to watch streaming videos on demand to teaching and learning.  Think of it as Netflix for scholarly purposes. From first-class documentaries to feature films to foreign language titles, there are thousand of titles to choose from.  To see what’s available, browse the collections at Kanopy and Digital Campus. For Kanopy titles, you can begin...

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August 29, 2016

This summer classroom upgrades were completed in the following locations:

  • Full system upgrades were completed in Mosher 2, the Brown LearnLab, and Berkus 243B; High-Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connections are now available in all locations in addition to VGA connections for laptops and devices. The Brown LearnLab will have a Barco system for showing student laptops on the main screen with the push of a button, as you may have encountered in Varelas.
  • 100 computer lab classroom computers were replaced in Fowler, Hameetman, and the Academic Commons, including 30 laptops for the Brown LearnLab.
  • An instructor computer with a wireless keyboard and mouse was added to the rack in Fowler 108.
  • Power and infrastructure updates have been completed in Fowler 201 in preparation for a full media upgrade over the winter break, or sooner if possible. The...
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August 29, 2016

Flipster is a next-generation distribution service where you can access your favorite magazines from a variety of publishers through the Occidental College library using a web browser or custom apps made specifically for the iPad or iPad mini, Android devices, or the Kindle Fire tablet.  You can download journal issues to read offline, anytime, anywhere.

Occidental is launching a group of highly-used journal titles on the Flipster newsstand which you can browse by choosing Flipster from the dropdown box at the top of any OASys screen. Oxy's collection will cover business, leisure, fashion, product reviews, current events, and more.

Come by and see Flipster in action @ Oxy Library beginning September 1st.

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August 29, 2016

We launched a new responsive design on our top level pages on oxy.edu in April, 2016. 

Responsive design practices ensure that a website looks good, and is easy to use, regardless of the device on which it is viewed, and our new design places a greater emphasis on usability and accessibility, particularly for mobile users. Our goal is to roll out the new design to the rest of the site over the course of the next year.

The Web Team has begun to invest more in functionality improvements to Oxy.edu to support both visitors to the website and content creators.
 

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May 23, 2016

When creating content that includes or builds on something that someone else created and licensed as a Creative Commons work, it's important to understand the licences and how handle attribution to the original content creator.

Per U.S. Copyright Law, any work that has been created and fixed in a tangible medium of expression on or after January 1, 1978 has an automatic copyright. This copyright lasts from the moment of its creation throughout the author’s life plus an additional 70 years. That means, when you write a paper for a class, or even write out your grocery list, you own the copyright to those works. In order to use such works outside of a fair use / educational context, you need permission from the copyright holder. For more information on Copyright, please see Oxy's Copyright LibGuide.

Creative Commons was founded in 2001 to create a set of copyright licenses, offered free to the public, to encourage people to allow others to use their works freely for certain uses, on certain conditions; or to simply dedicate their works to the public...

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September 16, 2015

Now entering it’s second year, the CDLA Faculty Fellows program is in full swing. The CDLA Faculty Fellows Program is designed to foster critical, innovative, and interdisciplinary digital approaches for liberal arts teaching and research. As Faculty Fellows, Occidental faculty have the opportunity and support to develop new skills, experiment with new pedagogical approaches, and...

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September 16, 2015

The CDLA supports several classrooms with technology and furnishings that enable teaching and learning in a media-rich environment and that are conducive to student collaboration.  Over the summer, we’ve added to the list of affordances by installing webcams in the Varelas Innovation Lab, the Brown Learn Lab, and the...

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September 16, 2015

Last year CDLA team members Darren Hall and Ryan Brubacher started hosting a radio hour once a week through the student radio station KOXY. This semester we’re back at it, with a growing line up of interesting guests, including Jem Axelrod, from the History Department and Director of the new Institute for Los Angeles History; Brian Chambers, Medical Librarian at City of Hope; and Liane Watzel, freelance journalist with Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk in Leipzig, Germany. ...

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September 16, 2015

In June, the library upgraded to the newly designed Sierra Library Service Platform, which has been ranked number one internationally for its integration and completeness of functionality. This major upgrade has not changed the public view of OASys (Oxy's online catalog) but brought a seamless transition to a state-of-the art workflow for library staff offering complete access to our bibliographic data. The streamlined look and minimal training made this transition a great success.

 

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September 16, 2015

As the college has moved forward with setting up reporting and access to data from our Student Information System and other systems of record using Argos we found that training offered through the company was enough to get folks started with the basics but didn't work well for supporting continued development. We've designed regular Argos & SQL workshops for employees who already have a basic understanding of Oracle SQL and relational databases and have been designing Argos datablocks and reports for some time now. These employees from administrative departments...

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