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 Forms Add-ons

The Library Tech Talk blog has previously presented Google Forms as a survey platform option for librarians. In addition to new themes and added flexibility in personalizing form themes, Google recently announced a variety of free add-ons, making it easier to use Google Forms in more advanced ways. For example, if librarians use Google Forms to collect user feedback for a predetermined length of time, the “formLimiter” app could be used to automatically close the survey after a specific date or amount of time. The add-ons have been created by developers using Google Apps Script – librarians with a bit of JavaScript knowledge might also explore creating their own add-ons! – Kim

Hybrid Play

Gamification has a hand in making mundane tasks more fun. A recent indie gogo campaign has create an attachment that allows playground equipment to become a controller for a series of virtual games. While this application is more relevant to getting children more physically active, I could also see this being developed as a way to make your time in the office a bit more active, or perhaps make a library scavenger hunt a bit more interesting. – Laksamee

 EBSCO Flipster

Last week, EBSCO introduced Flipster, a platform for browsing digital versions of popular magazines. With Flipster, users can browse and read magazines on their desktops or on mobile devices through native apps for Android and iOS. Last year, Library Tech Talk shared thoughts about a similar product, Browzine, an app which brings journal articles to your tablet. EBSCO’s entry into the digital periodical market with Flipster, while focusing primarily on popular sources, illustrates a continued trend towards digital and, more specifically, mobile content delivery for magazines, journals, and newspapers. – Kim

 Penn State: One Button Studio

As part of a recent small-scale renovation, our library at Towson University is seeking to add more media and “presentation practice” space for student use. Even if libraries can carve out dedicated media production space and provide equipment, there’s no guarantee that all students know enough about video production to use the equipment effectively. Penn State has started solving this problem with “One Button Studio,” an app that automatically activates predetermined equipment settings and allows for recording with the touch of a single button. – Shannon & 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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