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.

From NPR: “Paper Notebooks That Become Digital Files”

A new innovation that has the ability to create digital files from paper notebooks bridging the gap between the worlds of paper and digital technology. Once the user finishes taking notes in their Mod Notebook which comes in three paper types (plain, ruled, and dot-grid), they can mail it back to the company using a prepaid shipping envelope located in the back cover. The contents of the notebook will then get scanned and digitized for free within five days, and the notebook can either be recycled or returned to the owner. Once the notebook is digitized, the notes are uploaded in the Mod app, a web app that can be accessed from any mobile phone, tablet, or desktop. The user can also sync the pages to the cloud with Dropbox, Evernote, and OneNote accounts. – Armando

EDUCAUSE Report: Top-Ten IT Issues, 2014

EDUCAUSE recently released its annual report on the top-ten IT issues in higher education, as well as a breakdown of the top-ten IT issues by Carnegie Classification. It’s always interesting (and often reassuring) to read this list and not encounter anything of great surprise. As technology-driven organizations within institutions of higher education, it’s also a useful activity for academic libraries to reflect on these issues to understand their own position within the university – to understand where we might be pushing the boundaries of IT capabilities and where we can lend a hand to overcoming some of these issues. On a micro scale, we also experience some of these same issues – moving our library applications to the cloud, improving student outcomes, etc. I look forward to the year where this report no longer includes “wireless” as an issue! – David

E-Nabling the Future 

From: E-Nabling the Future

From: E-Nabling the Future

3D Printers are popping up in a lot of places now. Quite a few libraries have joined the maker space movements and purchased a 3D printer for community use. The E-Nable group went viral when the picture of a small girl (Shea) forming a heart with her hand and 3D printed Mech-En hand was posted on Facebook. It’s a great example of the power of making technology publicly available. Consider the technology in your library and find ways to collaborate with all different communities, you never know what could happen! – Laksamee

 Read Write Web: Arduino Rising

Library makerspaces across the country have started to make use of low-cost, low-barrier-to-entry technology like the Arduino board and the Raspberry Pi. In honor of World Arduino Day (March 29th)  Read Write Web shares links to 10 neat projects you can use to get started with an Ardunio, including a talking clock, a Twitter-enabled coffee pot, and a pollutant sensor. – 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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