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Drone wars:

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th August 2014

Google Inc (GOOGL) and Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN)’s Forthcoming Drone Wars

http://www.techinsider.net/google-inc-googl-and-amazon-com-inc-amzns-forthcoming-drone-wars/1114967.html

Please consider other IMS postings on drones:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/08/27/faa-has-commercial-drone-regulations-backwards/

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Taming the wild west of cloud acquisition

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th August 2014

Taming the wild west of cloud acquisition

http://fcw.com/Articles/2014/08/26/Acquisition-Matters-Cloud.aspx

Homeowners and building managers buy water service rather than the water itself, eliminating the need to purify, regulate and distribute the water on their own. Agencies buy cloud computing on the same “as-a-service” model to reduce their need to own and maintain IT equipment and applications.

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Horizon Report 2014, Library edition

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th August 2014

http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2014-nmc-horizon-report-library-EN.pdf

p. 4 new and rapidly changing technologies, an abundance of digital information in myriad formats, an increased understanding of how students learn evolving research methods, and changing practices in how scholars communicate and disseminate their research and creative work.

Engagement requires an outward focus

A liaison who understands how scholars in a particular discipline communicate and share
information with one another can inform the design and development of new publishing services, such as
digital institutional repositories.

Liaisons cannot be experts themselves in each new capability, but knowing when to call in a
colleague, or how to describe appropriate expert capabilities to faculty, will be key to the new liaison role.

an increasing focus on what users do (research, teaching, and learning) rather than on what librarians do (collections, reference, library instruction).

hybrid model, where liaisons pair their expertise with that of functional specialists, both within and outside of libraries

p. 6 Trend 1: Develop user-centered library services

Many libraries are challenged to brand such a service point, citing a “hub” or “center” to refer to services that can include circulation, reference, computer support, writing assistance, and more.

For liaisons, time at a reference desk has been replaced by anticipating recurrent needs and developing
easily accessible online materials (e.g., LibGuides, screencasts) available to anyone at any time, and
by providing more advanced one-on-one consultations with students, instructors, and researchers who
need expert help. Liaisons not only answer questions using library resources, but they also advise and
collaborate on issues of copyright, scholarly communication, data management, knowledge management,
and information literacy. The base level of knowledge that a liaison must possess is much broader than
familiarity with a reference collection or facility with online searching; instead, they must constantly keep up
with evolving pedagogies and research methods, rapidly developing tools, technologies, and ever-changing
policies that facilitate and inform teaching, learning, and research in their assigned disciplines.

Librarians at many institutions are now focusing on collaborating with faculty to develop thoughtful assignments
and provide online instructional materials that are built into key courses within a curriculum and provide
scaffolding to help students develop library research skills over the course of their academic careers

p. 7 Trend 2: A hybrid model of liaison and functional specialist is emerging.

Current specialist areas of expertise include copyright, geographic information systems (GIS), media production and integration, distributed education or e-learning, data management, emerging technologies,
user experience, instructional design, and bioinformatics.

At the University of Guelph, the liaison model was abandoned altogether in favor of a functional specialist
approach

p. 8 Trend 3: Organizational flexibility must meet changing user needs.

p. 9 provide education and consultation services for personal information management. Tools, workshops, websites, and individual consults are offered in areas such as citation management, productivity tools, managing alerts and feeds, personal archiving, and using social networking for teaching and professional development.

p. 11 data management, knowledge management and scholarly communication

digital scholarship

p. 12 Liaisons need to be able to provide a general level of knowledge about copyright, data management, the need for metadata and the ontologies available in their disciplines.

p. 13 Liaisons need to be able to provide a general level of knowledge about copyright, data management, the need for metadata and the ontologies available in their disciplines.

p. 16 replacing the traditional tripartite model of collections, reference, and instruction

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Plagiarism: can Turnitin solve it?…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th August 2014

Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/25/340112848/turnitin-and-the-high-tech-plagiarism-debate

excellent report by NPR on the advantages but also perils of computerizing/automation of a complex process, which requires prolonged education and discussions, rather then “yielding with a hammer.”

What is your take on how students can be educated to avoid plagiarism?
How academic dishonesty should be handled?

Please consider other IMS blog entries on plagiarism

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=plagiarism

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Single Dashboard for All of Your Cloud Storage Accounts

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st August 2014

Single Dashboard for All of Your Cloud Storage Accounts

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/07/multcloud-provides-single-dashboard-for.html

Still storing those pictures and documents on your hard drive? Being cramped in your Huskynet file space (1GB)? Using the 10GB space, which Dropbox gives you for free? Using Google Docs and storing them in your Google Drive account?

MultCloud offers you a single interface to navigate through all these and more cloud-based storage accounts.

multcloud

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ThinkLink: take a note of a tool, which will make a ripple…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 20th August 2014

thinglink
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/178173728982886285/

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How to create infographic

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 20th August 2014

How to create infographic

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In Memoriam: Robin Williams

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th August 2014

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The Top 10 Worst College Majors, Definitively Ranked

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st August 2014

The Top 10 Worst College Majors, Definitively Ranked

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/05/worst-college-majors-hr-block_n_5455291.html

The Top 10 Worst College Majors, Definitively Ranked

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How Teachers Can Use Video Games In The Humanities Classroom

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 18th July 2014

How Teachers Can Use Video Games In The Humanities Classroom

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/how-teachers-can-use-video-games-in-the-humanities-classroom

What if teachers used video games as texts? Let’s think about how we might teach kids to think critically about the underlying messages in commercial games and how we might leverage video games for their ability to engage students and provoke conversation.

At the moment, there’s far too little critical examination of video games happening in school. We take it for granted that we should teach our students how to read books interpretively, how to analyze movies, and how to read the newspaper critically. But all too often we overlook video games as a meaningless triviality.

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