Copyright Criminals on PBS Independent Lens

Copyright Criminals documentary

Copyright Criminals, the independent documentary we screened at the University of Oregon Portland Library & Learning Commons last year, is now showing on PBS’s Independent Lens.  You can watch a preview if you click that link.  And you can see photos from our post-screening Q&A with Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen here.

Congratulations to filmmakers Kembrew McLeod and Ben Franzen!

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A student just showed me, and I think it may be my favorite new toy.

Here, I’ll let their landing page promo text speak for itself:

It’s a web-based multimedia design tool that you can use for presentations.  You can insert multiple-page documents, mp3 files, images…and I can say from first-hand experience, the interface is smooth and gorgeous.

I’ll be playing with this over the next few weeks.  I just registered for Online Northwest 2010, and on a whim signed up to do a lightning talk on the future of digital publishing…if I make the cut, look for an presentation from me!

EDUCAUSE needs help

EDUCAUSE is seeking examples of the six technologies it will profile in the 2010 Horizon Report.  The Horizon Report annually forecasts the time-to-adoption for half a dozen key educational technologies.  You can see the 2009 Horizon Report here.

This year (or next year, I guess), the forecast is:

Mobile Computing
Open Content

Electronic Books
Simple Augmented Reality

Gesture-Based Computing
Visual Data Analysis

If you have a good local example of any of these technologies being used in higher ed in  your neck of the woods, scamper over to the EDUCAUSE web form and drop them a line.  You’ll have their thanks–and eternal glory in next year’s Horizon Report!


Two new projects at Cornell

Thanks to today’s ELI webinar, a couple of very cool new digital instruction projects at Cornell University…

Copyright in the Digital Age
This is a class page using customized WordPress MU; notice that it pulls in posts by students for other students to comment on, and even vote on.  Student writing actually becomes publication, right off the bat.  Very cool use of WordPress MU.

A community-built database of interior design themes, strategies, and practices, illustrated by images and indexed by folksonomy.  With citations!  I love this and can imagine many, many more applications for the overall template.

Google Fast Flip

This just out:  Google releases a new media-friendly newsreader tool called Google Fast Flip.  According to an article in the New York Times, Fast Flip is supposed to draw more readers to online news sites by making those sites faster to load and easier to page through, more like flipping through a newspaper or magazine than surfing the Web.  According to Google, this is what people want from a news-reading experience–and I’m pretty sure they’re right.  Or at least, I’m sure that slow-loading pages are a big turnoff for all Web users, and anything we can do to eliminate them is a step in the right direction.

The Google Fast Flip page looks like a visual mosaic of pages taken from electronic news sources:  the analogy that leaps immediately to mind is a newsstand.  It looks appealing, rich, user-friendly.  Imagine if we presented our libraries’ home pages sort of like this.  Imagine that users could configure a portal that gave them a landing page showcasing thumbnails of half a dozen “favorites” pages that they picked, or that were offered to them by default, either one-size-fits-all or by automatically offering up the pages they visit most within the site.  Or imagine if we just offered an alternative entry point, a side door, that showcased some of our pages and resources like this.  Or…imagine if we just offered this as a custom-build service:  we’ll make a page for you or your class that showcases useful research resources, blogs, websites, and other stuff you want to keep track of in one place.  Including, maybe Google Fast Flip.

Could be pretty neat…

Google Fast Flip Screen Capture

Google Fast Flip Screen Capture

Copyright Criminals

Thanks to librarian superhero Claire Rivers for reminding me I needed to post this event!   (We’ve been so busy getting this into the local media I forgot I have a blog of my own…)

We’re hosting a free sneak preview screening of the indie music documentary Copyright Criminals tomorrow night, here in the White Stag Building.  If you’re in the Portland area, file your taxes and come down for some free culture!  Movie starts at 6 pm, and is followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker (Kembrew McLeod) and musician and designer Dave Allen.

Thanks for the reminder, Claire–and yes, I’ll post some notes and pictures after the fact, for those who can’t make it here tomorrow night.  If I ask Kembrew nicely, maybe he’ll even donate a copy of the film for our collection…

Next up, some photos from our first event, a panel session on April 1st–wildly successful by all accounts!

Librarians vs. stereotypes + Rock Band

Eric Frierson at UT Arlington (along with some colleagues) has put together this terrific short promotional video for librarians’ services there.  I love it!  (Annie, something for our list to show our students!)

In other news, Annie and I taught our first LIB 101 class last week.  I had the flu and had to use a microphone to be heard, but Annie persevered in getting Rock Band (The Most Complicated Video Game In the World To Set Up) running for the end of the class, and that was a pretty good success.  They sang along!  This week, we’re delving into search and wayfinding in new environments:  games, Google, and the library catalog.  Should be interesting.