Tech Roundup

Technology Committee members here at Towson University’s Cook Library are always on the hunt for new technology applications to bring into the library or technology-related issues our library should be addressing.  As we scour the internet for important, interesting, or just plain cool examples of technology applications, issues, or news, we post links and  summaries with our take here to the blog.


The Ivy Guide – This Pen Translates While You Read

Does your library carry a high number of foreign language items? Do you have a high number of international students? Then perhaps this translator pen might be something your library might consider in the near future. The Ivy guide mini-translator seems to be just a design concept at the moment however the idea is eye catching. The gadget functions as an attachment to any writing device. As the user is reading a book if they come across a word they do not know they can turn on the translator, underline the word then project the translation into a language they are comfortable with. This provides paper books with some of the functionality of ebook dictionaries and one can imagine the tool being used in a variety of ways.

Submitted by Laksamee

Announcing jQuery Mobile 1.3.0 Beta

We use JQuery Mobile as the framework for our mobile website. A new release is a moment of both excitement and anxiety. New releases can mean new features (exciting!) but it can also mean doing things differently and our website not functioning properly (anxiety-inducing). Fortunately jQuery Mobile has already provided more of the former than the latter. Their newest beta release moves beyond mobile and toward a responsive web design framework. At its essence responsive web design means that the design of the site changes (or responds) to the type of device being used to maintain it. For more details about responsive web design, see: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2013/what-is-responsive-web-design-and-why-librarians-need-to-know-about-it/

Submitted by David

NMC Horizon Report – 2013 Higher Education Edition

Each year, the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative publish the Horizon Report, which is “designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education.” The Higher Education Edition focuses on 6 near-, mid-, and far-term trends that are likely to impact teaching and learning at higher education institutions within the next five years. This year, the 6 trends are: Games and Gamification, Learning Analytics, Massively Online Open Courses (MOOCs), Tablet Computing, 3D Printing, and Wearable Computing. Many of these technology trends are already in conversation across the library world – what do you think of this year’s top trends?

Submitted by Kim


What do you think about some of the issues or technologies presented?  Have you found anything interesting online this week? Share in the comments!

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