Wednesday, November 19, 2014

GIS Day 2014!


Today, November 19, 2014, marks the 15th annual GIS Day. Geographic Information Systems are used daily to connect people with spatially-referenced information, data, images, and more. Anytime you use Yelp! to look up a local restaurant, or your smartphone’s navigation function, view a map of political or economic trends across the country, or an infographic of which Halloween costume was most popular in each state, you are interacting with a GIS. This week celebrates this technology and its many applications, in order to highlight great work, and encourage new participation.

Here at the University of Redlands, you may know there is a special emphasis for the opportunities available in this growing field, traceable to our friends and supporters at ESRI across town. The Environmental Systems Research Institute are leaders in GIS technology and make it possible for Redlands students to foster a spatial skill set by enabling the use of their ARCGIS software on campus and in classes. Have a look at what the University is doing to celebrate the day, get involved, and perhaps seek out some spatially-minded opportunities in your coursework across campus. 


Janelle Julagay
Business Librarian

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wild Burros of the West

"Wild Burros, San Timoteo Canyon 7-12" by Don Graham

The Human-Animal Studies Lecture series will end next Monday, November 17th, with a talk from Craig Downer titled "The Natural Healers: Why Wild Horses Belong" at 7:00 p.m. in the Orton Center. Downer, a wildlife ecologist and author of The Wild Horse Conspiracy, will speak on the function of wild burros and horses in an ecosystem, as well as why these hoofed creatures should be designated as a native species.

The history of wild horse and burro protection is quite interesting. Velma Bronn Johnston, aka "Wild Horse Annie," lobbied for a law which would make the culling of horses and burros on federal land from aircraft and motorized vehicles illegal. This led to the Hunting Wild Horses and Burros on Public Land Act in 1959. Horse advocates continued to fight for more protection, which led to the passing of the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, which states that "wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West..." 

Actually, nearby San Timoteo and Reche Canyons are home to bands of wild burros which roam the hills in the twilight and dark hours, nibbling on shrubs, grasses and the occasional citrus fruit. The burros have been a topic of discussion over the years in local presses (Press Enterprise, San Bernardino Sun, Redlands Daily Facts, etc.), since the canyons are used by motorists. Currently the speed limit is 50 mph and collisions with burros, sometimes fatal, have occurred due to poor lighting and unsafe driving speeds.

In preparation for the lecture this Monday, read up on wild horses and burros! Here are some gems from the Armacost Library collection:

Adopt a Wild Horse or Burro
Caring for America's Wild Horses and Burros: Fundamental Reforms, an Overview
Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program
Wild Horse Annie: Velma Johnston and Her Fight to Save the Mustang


Enjoy,

Lua Gregory
First Year Experience Librarian
University of Redlands, Armacost Library

Monday, November 03, 2014

Practicing Civic Engagement









Election Day

Tuesday, November 4th is Election Day in California.  If you haven't voted already, by Vote-by-Mail ballot, find your polling location using the Voting Information Project tool.  Learn more about the candidates and propositions for which we'll be voting in the General Election Voter Information Guide.

Practicing our right to vote is one way in which we participate in the democratic processes of our representative democracy in the United States.

Barbara Ehrenreich Visits University of Redlands

On Wednesday, November 5th at 7pm in Memorial Chapel, Barbara Ehrenreich (journalist, social commentator, and best-selling author) will speak to the Redlands Community.  Ehrenreich has spent most of her life practicing civic engagement through her writing and activism.  Much of her writing focuses on social injustices including women's health, the working poor, homelessness, and predatory lending practices.



Ehrenreich's visit precedes the Theatre Arts Department's production of Joan Holden's comedy Nickel and Dimed based on Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (2008).  "Determined to find out how anyone could make ends meet on $7 an hour, [Ehrenreich] left behind her middle class life as a journalist except for $1000 in start-up funds, a car and her laptop computer to try to sustain herself as a low-skilled worker for a month at a time. In 1999 and 2000, Ehrenreich worked as a waitress in Key West, Fla., as a cleaning woman and a nursing home aide in Portland, Maine, and in a Wal-Mart in Minneapolis, Minn. During the application process, she faced routine drug tests and spurious "personality tests"; once on the job, she endured constant surveillance and numbing harangues over infractions like serving a second roll and butter. Beset by transportation costs and high rents, she learned the tricks of the trade from her co-workers, some of whom sleep in their cars, and many of whom work when they're vexed by arthritis, back pain or worse, yet still manage small gestures of kindness. Despite the advantages of her race, education, good health and lack of children, Ehrenreich's income barely covered her month's expenses in only one instance, when she worked seven days a week at two jobs (one of which provided free meals) during the off-season in a vacation town." [From Publishers Weekly.]

Many of Ehrenreich's books are available at Armacost Library.

Theatre Arts Department presents Joan Holden's Nickel and Dimed

The University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department presents Joan Holden’s comedy Nickel and Dimed, based on Nickel and Dimed: On (Not ) getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich, November 14, 15, 21, 22, and 23, 2014 in the Frederick Loewe Theatre. The play uses humor to tell an eye-opening story about the people who serve us food, ring up our purchases and clean up hotel rooms while making ends meet in the increasingly brutal world of the minimum wage. First produced in 2001, the issues raised in the play about economic justice and widening income inequality are now back on the front burner of public concern and confusion. 

Producing creative works and performances that address social justice issues are also forms of civic engagement. 

Purchase tickets for Nickel and Dimed.
















In what ways are you practicing civic engagement?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Using mobile devices for library research, part 3

We're more than halfway through the fall semester, and you may be starting to get final research paper assignments in some of your classes. In this series of blog posts, I've been sharing ideas for how to get research done using a mobile device.

In my first post, I talked about how you can increase your productivity by using a mobile device to browse the catalog, search a database, or take notes in an app. In my second post, I showed how searching for articles in Ebsco databases or listening to music in the Naxos Music Library can be just as effective on a mobile device as on a desktop or laptop. This time, I want to focus on one of my favorite productivity apps, Evernote.

Introduced in 2005, Evernote helps you remember information by storing and managing digital notes. Notes can contain text, images, audio, documents from another program, or information clipped from a web page. Evernote lets you tag notes, organize them in folders, and find them using keyword searches.

The service has approximately 100 million personal and business users as of October 2014. Its secure revenue streams include over $250 million in venture funding and over $1 million a month in sales of accessories such as backpacks, pens and physical notebooks. This allows the company to offer a "freemium" price model (with free and paid tiers of access) without selling your personal information to advertisers. Most users find that the free tier (60 MB of uploads each month) meets their needs. The $5/month premium version removes the space limit, adds handwriting recognition and the ability to save notes offline on a mobile device.Notes are synchronized regularly between your device and Evernote's US-based servers, which utilize the latest security protocols.


Evernote is suited to situations where your thinking grows and changes over time, making it effective as a tool to log your research over the course of a project. You can create one note for your project and edit the note to add information each time you work on the project, or you can create an entire folder for a project and add a new note each time you get an idea. Evernote can adapt to your learning style: add images and textual notes if you're a visual learner, or record audio notes if you are an aural learner and want to talk into your phone.

For example, when I used Evernote to help me write an article recently, I compiled all my ideas about the research project in one Evernote, and took photos of the whiteboard in my office as I brainstormed what I wanted to say.



You can also easily save documents received as a web download or email attachment to Evernote using your mobile device's "open in" functionality.

Many faculty and students are adapting Evernote's functionality to their teaching and learning workflows. See the blog of City University of Hong Kong professor Allan Johnson for more ideas about how you could put Evernote to work for you.

Sources

Evernote. "Privacy Policy." Retrieved October 23, 2014.  https://evernote.com/legal/privacy.php

Johnson, Allan. "Tag Archives: Evernote." The Art of Academic Practice. Retrieved October 28, 2014. http://thisisallan.com/tag/evernote/

Mangalindan, J.P. "Digital Note-Taking App Evernote Thinks Bigger." Fortune, October 3, 2014.

Mossberg, Walter S. "EverNote Organizes Your Endless Stuff Onto an Endless Tape." Wall Street Journal, August 11, 2005: B1.

Tener, Rich. "Evernote Strengthens Privacy Position With New Security Capabilities." Evernote TechBlog, October 23, 2014. http://blog.evernote.com/tech/2014/06/24/evernote-new-security-capabilities/

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Student Art Reception, October 28 at 10am

Join us next Tuesday, October 28 from 10-11am for an art reception in the 2nd floor lobby of the Armacost Library. The artists are students from Professor RenĂ©e Azenaro's ART 132: Two-Dimensional Design and ART 145:  Introduction to Sculpture, and are an assortment of art majors and non-art majors.

I've been attending the last several receptions and have always valued the time I've had to talk with the students. I'll ask them about the decisions they've made, the challenges they've faced, how they responded to those challenges, what they learned about themselves and art in general. The students are open and thoughtful in their responses, and these conversations are quite educational for both myself and the artists who take the opportunity to think and reflect on their learning experiences.

In ART 132:  Two-Dimensional Design, students learn to design with picture-plane using the principles and elements of design. Designs are developed through learned skills in line, shape, texture, color and value; while learning to create well-developed designs with unity and variety, balance, scale and proportion within a composition.

In ART 145:  Introduction to Sculpture, students were tasked to create a planar sculpture for their first assignment. Students cast and carved plaster sculptures with several goals in mind

  • to learn to cast plaster keeping the integrity of the material so as to be able to carve a blank form and create a single sculpture of well developed planes
  • to make a piece considering the relationship of forms as they develop around the sculpture, and
  • to work towards excellent craftsmanship.  

If you have a moment, please stop by and join us!

Paige Mann
Physical Sciences Librarian

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Whatever the cost.....




"Whatever the cost of our libraries, 
the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." 
Walter Cronkite**




Here are some facts about the cost of libraries:

     Academic librarians provide information that serves more than 44 million students yearly—reaching almost 12 million more than attend college basketball games.
 
College libraries receive just less than three cents of every dollar spent on higher education.
 
There are 584 students enrolled for every librarian in 2- and 4-year colleges and universities in 2010 in the U.S. as compared with 14 students for each teaching faculty member.
 
Americans spend nearly three times as much on candy as they do on public libraries.*


Something to consider!



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What is the Student Engagement Board?




Have you noticed Armacost Library’s new Student Engagement Board?

Okay, it’s just a “rolling-magnetic-reversible-dry-erase-board.” But doesn't Student Engagement Board sound better? It’s currently stationed on the 2nd floor just adjacent to the east staircase. Armacost Library wants to ask informal (and sometimes amusing) questions to get to know our students (this means YOU!) and interact in a casual way. You may also see announcements of current library events listed on the board. We started out by requesting that you summon your artistic side and draw your pet (insert poodle, turtle, hissing cockroach, here). Last week we asked you what you like about college—feedback in the form of sarcasm and silliness are welcome. Do you like your instructors? Don’t you just love the library? (What an awesome place)! What about the double-half-caf-soy-extra-large-Frappuccino?

Be on the lookout for more scintillating questions in the weeks to come. Do you have any suggestions for questions we might ask? Contact Paige_Mann@redlands.edu with your thoughts and ideas. Or, feel free to post a comment below. Have a great day!


Submitted by Rebecca Clayton, Acquisitions/Cataloging Assistant
Photo by Debbie Alban, Administrative Assitant