Information Resources


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 26, 2014

Over the summer we upgraded Moodle to a new version and gave it a facelift.  

The result is a platform with a cleaner look, a responsive design that improves usability across all devices, including tablets and smartphones, and new features such as the ability to annotate assignments submitted as PDFs directly within Moodle.

New look and feel

The change you’re likely to notice first is the new design and layout. The new look brings Moodle into closer alignment with Oxy’s website. In terms of layout, course pages now feature three columns, instead of two. Now you will find your Navigation and Administration blocks in the left column, course content in the middle, and all other default blocks in the right column.

Old Moodle layout

Before -- Navigation and Administration...

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August 26, 2014

ITS made significant progress this summer on our plan to improve classroom AV equipment.

Classroom upgrades were completed in the following locations:

  • New media classroom installation in Keck 208,
  • New media cart installation in the Galarza Room,
  • Full system upgrades in Weingart 209, Weingart 210; Berkus 242 to be completed by 8/27,
  • System components upgraded in order to add High-Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connections in Fowler 110, 111, 112, 209, 302, and 309,
  • Mobile computer lectern added to Fowler 113,
  • ALL media classrooms fully tested and controls reconfigured where necessary both for consistency among the classrooms and to prepare for implementing a system that will assist with maintaining  media equipment in classrooms;...
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August 26, 2014

We are moving one step further into the world of all-digital classrooms and will soon greatly improve our ability to fix problems quickly, before they impact teaching plans.

This summer ITS applied for and received a grant from Extron Electronics, the manufacturer of the control systems in our media rooms. The systems allow us to upgrade the controls in all of our classrooms so that they will  alert ITS staff  when such trackable problems as a lamp failure occur. This will help our staff get to the room with the right information and tools to resolve problems quicker. Through the server we will also have a back-end view of the system status, adding the potential for remote support and troubleshooting for Oxy’s 70+ media rooms.

  • This system will not replace staff immediately going out to classrooms if we receive a phone call about a problem.
  • We will not be...
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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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August 25, 2013

This Fall, Occidental College will reopen Johnson Hall for classes after closing the building for renovation at the end of the 2011/12 academic year. 

The results are well worth the wait. Johnson Hall is the new home of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, which is named in recognition of Oxy alumnus Ian McKinnon (’89). The Center includes the departments of Politics; Diplomacy and World Affairs; Spanish and French Studies; East Asian Languages and Cultures; and German, Russian, and Classical Studies as well as the International Programs Office. In its new form, Johnson Hall reflects a fundamental reconsideration of how people think, communicate, act, and learn in the emerging world communities of the 21st Century.

This high-profile Center is powered by state-of-the-art digital media technologies. A dramatic two-story...

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August 25, 2013

ITS made significant progress on our plan to improve classroom AV equipment.

Learning space upgrades were completed in the following locations:

  • New system installation in Fowler 108
  • Full system upgrades in Mosher 1, BioScience 113, CAE Seminar Room (to be completed by 8/30)
  • AV Control Systems configured/upgraded:
    • Dumke Commons
    • Fowler 110, 111, 112, 209, 302, Mosher 1
  • Projector and Screen replacements:
    • Fowler 110, 111, 112, 209, 302
    • Rangeview 232, 243, 244

ITS upgraded all public lab and lectern computers to Windows 7.  We upgraded memory and installed new hard drives in 150 lab/lectern computers to increase the performance of the machines. 25 lab/lectern computers were replaced with newer machines.  The oMac computer lab in the Academic Commons is now a “dual boot” lab allowing for running either the Mac operating system or Windows.

James Uhrich (uhrich...

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August 25, 2013

Since President Veitch first articulated the vision for a library renovation and creation of an Academic Commons, the college has taken many steps toward  "making visible our commitment to a 21st century liberal arts and sciences education.” Among them are the 2010 Mellon Grant, the 2010-11 Task Force on the Academic Commons (part of the integrated planning process), the 2011 IR Reorganization, Brown LearnLab remodel, and the integrated InfoCenter. The Academic Commons is a key component of curricular and scholarly transformations in Occidental’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan: “Advance the Academic Commons as the campus intellectual center bringing together students, faculty and staff with access to extensive technology, innovative programming and services, flexible learning and teaching spaces, peer tutoring, research support,...

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