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March 28, 2011

Amy Lyford, Associate Professor, Art History and the Visual Arts, applied to the Digital Scholarship Institute last summer with a variety of classroom and research goals in mind. Now, only a few months after completing DSI, a group of her students have used online resources to share critiques of a landmark building. Others have contributed to an international geospatial web project that’s not only helped improve their research and critical thinking skills, it may help to bring much-deserved credit to a little-known African American architect. Lyford came to the institute with some familiarity with the digital technologies she wanted to use. What she needed was further clarification and incentive to begin experimenting with these tools. “I feel like the DSI gave me ideas or pushed me to try out ideas I had already considered. It was almost like a jumpstart,” she...

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March 28, 2011

In his 2009 inaugural address, President Jonathan Veitch called for Occidental to re-imagine the Library as a premier scholastic environment that makes visible our commitments as a 21st –century liberal arts and sciences college. Through that transformation, technologies, resources and services would be combined in new ways to deliver a more seamless, integrated experience for students and faculty. The transformation would be greatly informed by the growing impact of digital technologies and computing networks on learning, creating and teaching. And the existing Clapp Library facility would be renovated as a hub for scholarship and innovation.This forward-looking vision soon became known as The Academic Commons at Occidental College. The first step in...

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March 27, 2011

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Today we open a new communication connection among the people of Information Resources and the communities with whom we interact. This blog will be the place to look for news about the Academic Commons, about new resources, changes to services, and trends in digital scholarship and technology. This is also where we hope to hear from you in an ongoing conversation about scholarship, technology and higher education.We are using a blog rather than a print document for two reasons. The first is that we want this to be an opportunity for dialogue, for comment and critique, for question and answer. Print documents do not easily enable the give and take of conversation. Choosing the...

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