InforMedia Services (IMS)

Technology Instruction for St. Cloud State University

Social Videos With Your Smartphone

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 10, 2015

How to Create Social Videos With Your Smartphone

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/create-social-videos-smartphone/

Do you want to create videos without having costly equipment?

#1: Choose Your Channel

Instagram allows you to post videos 3 to 15 seconds in length.

Vine lets you publish videos up to 6 seconds long.

YouTube offers the ability to upload almost any video regardless of length or quality.

#2: Choose a Video Style

stop motion, time-lapse and standard video

#3: Shoot a Stop Motion Video With Vine

#4: Shoot a Time-Lapse Video With Hyperlapse

My note: Time-Lapse Video is available on the new “Camera” feature of iPAD and iTouch

#5: Shoot a Regular Video

#6: Edit Your Video

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library collection of video games

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 8, 2015

If you have a video game collection, how does your institution curate and preserve games that are in collections?  Do you have advice for selectors on what kinds of file formats to choose, or what techniques are required to ensure the long term usability of the games?

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Simon W. Lee, MLIS

Inquiry Librarian

Lead, Learning Technologies

UCLA College (Powell) Library

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220 Powell Library Building, Box 951450

Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1450

simonlee83@library.ucla.edu

(310) 825-6726

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iTunes in decline

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 7, 2015

With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2015/01/06/375173595/with-downloads-in-decline-can-itunes-adapt


Spotify is simpler. It’s all about music. Mosley has switched over, saying he’s willing to pay the $10 monthly subscription fee for the premium, ad-free version of the service because it’s so much easier to use.

 

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Signage

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 6, 2015

There is an informative discussion on the LITA board regarding signage, both hard/software-wise as well as design-wise.

From: Hess, M. Ryan [mailto:MHESS8@depaul.edu]
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2015 6:14 PM
To: lita-l@lists.ala.org
Subject: [lita-l] Re: Digital Signs – Best practices, hints & tips

Hi Christa,

I don’t manage the signs in our library, but had a part in getting them put in place and designing workflows. Along the way, I found some interesting research on the topic:

San Jose Public Library (2009). San Jose Public Library Signage Design Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.olis.ri.gov/ services/ ce/ presentation/ SJW-SignageDesignGuidelines.pdf

Envirosell (2007). San Jose Public Libraries & Hayward Public Libraries Final Report. Retrieved from http://sjpl.org/sites/all/files/userfiles/svpl-hpl_final_report.pdf

Barclay, D. A., Bustos, T., & Smith, T. (June 01, 2010). Signs of success. College & Research Libraries News, 71(6), 299.

Shooting more from the hip, my opinion on digital signage is that commonly made mistakes with content include:

– multiplied narratives don’t work in most library cases. Keep everything short and on a single slide

– keep the slide visible for at least a minute to give people a chance to read it

– make sure your graphics are appropriately sized for HD screens (keep those images sharp and avoid pixelation)

On a technical note, we use a mix of solutions:

– PPTs on USBs

– We’ve experimented with Google Drive Slideshows too, to help streamline the work
M Ryan Hess
Digital Services Coordinator
DePaul University
JTR 303-C, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus, 2350 N Kenmore Ave., Chicago IL 60614
office: 773-325-7829 | cell:  650-224-7279 |  fax: 773-325-2297  | mhess8@depaul.edu

On Dec 22, 2014, at 2:20 PM, Hirst , Edward A. <Edward.Hirst@rowancountync.gov> wrote:

We are using a Plex Media Server feeding 3 Rokus over a wireless connection from a laptop. We use .jpg pictures for our slides. Each Roku is connected to a different folder on the Plex server since our displays are in different parts of the building.

Edward

—–Original Message—–
From: Junior Tidal [mailto:JTidal@CityTech.Cuny.Edu]
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2014 1:10 PM
To: lita-l@lists.ala.org
Subject: [lita-l] Re: Digital Signs – Best practices, hints & tips

Hi Christa,

We used two templates for our digital sign. We were using PowerPoint on a Windows machine.

Librarians would take turns updating the slides to promote databases, workshops, library hours, etc., and we had a stable of maybe a dozen or so slides. We updated the slides whenever we needed to promote specific events, usually a couple of weeks before it took place.

This past summer, we switched to using a Raspberry Pi setup installed with Screenly – https://www.screenlyapp.com/ose.html .

This made it much easier to update the slides, because we couldn’t remotely login into the PC with Powerpoint running. Now, we can connect to the RPi/Screenly, and upload images.

Best,
Junior

Junior Tidal
Assistant Professor
Web Services and Multimedia Librarian
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
300 Jay Street, Rm A434
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.260.5481

http://library.citytech.cuny.edu
Christa Van Herreweghe <christa@ucitylibrary.org> 12/21/2014 5:12

PM >>>

Hello all:

We are new to digital signs having just installed our first.  Would love to hear about any best practices you have developed.

How many slides do you show? (assuming you are doing slides – if not, would love to hear about your format).

Did you develop a template (or two) and develop a consistent “look”
on all your slides?

Who updates your sign and how often?

Other hints and tips are welcome.

Thanks,

Christa Van Herreweghe
Assistant Director/IT Librarian
University City Public Library
ucitylibrary.org

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Tech In 2015 and flops in 2014

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 6, 2015

What To Look Out For In Tech In 2015

Venmo, the peer-to-peer payments app, will offer a solution for in-store merchants.

By year-end 2015, more people will have used a smartphone to unlock their doors than will have used a mobile wallet. 

The Amazon Echo will succeed

YouTube will get a ‘social’ make-over

The Top Technology Failures of 2014

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533546/the-top-technology-failures-of-2014/

Google Glass

(See “Google Glass Is Dead; Long Live Smart Glasses.”)

Brazil’s EEG Exoskeleton

(See “World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics.”)

Bitcoin

(See “Marginally Useful.”)

STAP Cells

(See coverage by the Los Angeles Times and by Nature.)

Sapphire iPhone Screens

(See “Why Apple Failed to Make Sapphire iPhones.”)

Aereo’s Tiny Antennas

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Sony CES 2015

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 6, 2015

Sony CES 2015 press conference

http://live.cnet.com/Event/Sony_CES_2015_press_conference

 

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Electronics Graveyard

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 5, 2015

A Shadow Economy Lurks In An Electronics Graveyard

http://www.npr.org/2015/01/04/374780916/a-shadow-economy-lurks-in-an-electronics-graveyard

notes under the NPR article and on its Facebook posting most interesting, as usually. E.g.:

Brian Trudo I wrote my final paper in college english on this subject. I believe that ultimately it is the producers of electronic devices (like apple) responsibility to rebuy and recycle older electronics. especially whwn they come out with a new device every year

Dan Neidlinger I did a report on this kind of thing in college, just for a basic writing class. First world pollution of the third world is a big and nasty problem that’s not given great focus.

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ed technology developments and predictions

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 2, 2015

Ed technology developments and predictions

https://twitter.com/ARASBOZKURT/status/550686895404228609/photo/1

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e-learning definitions

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 2, 2015

E-Learning

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/350366045980068205/

e-learning

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Education and Technology

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 2, 2015

Education and Technology
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/58054282672328019/

Education and Technology

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