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.

Google Scholar Library

Just launched last week, the Google Scholar Library now allows Google Scholar users to save references to a personal collection. If you’re a registered Google user, you can now easily collect citations as you search Google Scholar  using the “Save” link included at the bottom of every citation. Users access their saved resources in “My Library,” which automatically includes citations the user has authored and linked to their Google Scholar profile. Additionally, citations saved to “My Library” can be organized using labels or searched by keyword. – Kim

“Smithsonian Now Allows Anyone To 3D Print (Some) Historic Artifacts”

This article from Forbes describes the Smithsonian’s new “Smithsonian X 3D” project, an effort to produce 3D digitizations of artifacts in the Smithsonian collections. Many of the digitized models include raw data that can be downloaded and printed with a 3D printer. As both digitization efforts and 3D printing technologies take hold in libraries, pairing the two could be a powerful way to bring artifacts to life for students who may never be able to see them in person, much less hold them in their hands. – Kim

Google’s 200 Ranking Factors

From Lifehack: A fascinating infographic about 200 ranking factors that may be used in Google’s search algorithm. Although this is not an official list from Google, the information is drawn from other sources that indicate how Google ranks pages. This type of information could be an interesting conversation starter for academic librarians with instruction duties, as  a good example of how the search algorithm s in library databases differ than those they may be more familiar with using in open web searches. – Kim

The Hunger Games – Catching Fur

The Hunger Games has won over many reluctant readers and the movie adaptations aren’t too bad. This parody done by Sesame Street of the story is puntastic! Video marketing is a possible way to get more patrons into the library and build brand awareness. This video reminded me of the Old Spice parody video “Study like a scholar, scholar” which clearly took a lot of planning, cross campus collaboration, and a little video know-how. If you have the right team in place, a prompt parody is a great way to market your library in a humorous way. – Laksamee

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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