Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Massively Multiplayer Educational Gaming (MMEG)


You might be interested to know that The New Media Consortium and Educause Learning Initiative recently published their 2007 Horizon Report to identify "six core areas of emerging technologies that will impact higher education over the next one to five years." Those six selected areas includes: "User-Created Content," "Social Networking," "Mobile Phones," "Virtual Worlds," "New Scholarship and Emerging Forms of Publication," and "Massively Multiplayer Educational Gaming." To read more about this report, and to download the pdf file, go to:
Horizon Report, 2007

Games and Education Newsletter


I recently spoke with Maureen Reed, President, High Content Games, and she had the following to say about the Games and Education Newsletter: The purpose of our newsletter is to encourage the use of games as educational tools. Almost all games are educational, whether or not they are classified as quote “educational.” Games require critical thinking skills and many contain academic substance and content. The community aspect of games make them ideal for social development. We would like teachers and librarians to recognize the positive potential in board games and card games. To that end, the newsletter aims to bring stories of teachers and libraries using games to encourage learning and build community.

To subscribe, go to: Games and Education Newsletter

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Collection! - Window on America for Ukraine

Wook-Jin Cheun, Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies, recently received this amazing gift of Ukranian films. This collection consists of 120 VHS copies of the weekly program of Window on America for Ukraine. The program was produced in Ukrainian to be broadcast in Ukraine. As the first US government TV program to be broadcast abroad, it was launched in 1993. It contains reports on "all facets of life in the United States, including politics, science, education, pop culture, immigration, nature, personalities, problems, hopes, fears, etc" (from Andrew Fedynsky, host of the program from 1993 to 2004). By Public Law 105-373, the Slavic collection of the Indiana University Libraries was designated to be one of the two owners of the collection in the United States.

You can check these items out from the Wells Library Kent Cooper Room.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Exciting new services scheduled for KCRS


We have been busy to improve services here in the Kent Cooper Room. Based on your feedback, we've added a link to the home page to let you know how you can post your own digital forms to e-Reserves (see E-Reserves Training Sessions), we've added foreign language CDs to the media browsing collection, and we are in the process of ordering Audiobooks on CD and videogames. Be sure to check back with us on occassion to take advantage of these new services.

We are also currently uploading educational documentary streaming files into IUCAT. I will call on many of you to provide feedback about the pilot project.

I look forward to working with you all, and on behalf of the KCRS staff, we welcome your continued input and hope to see you soon!

New study shows increased use of Online Video

Check out this latest report conducted by Pew Internet & American Life Project hosted by Princeton Research Associates. Wow!

Abstract: The Pew Internet & American Life Project’s first major report on online video also shows how many video viewers have contributed to the viral and social nature of online video. More than half of online video viewers (57 percent) share links to the video they find with others, and three in four (75 percent) say they receive links to watch video that others have sent to them.


Friday, April 20, 2007

Little 500 Weekend (Bicycle Race)

It's that time again to celebrate a half-century tradition at Indiana University Bloomington with Little 5 weekend. Supported by the IU Student Foundation, here are a few available resources located at the Bloomington Libraries and on the Internet:

The Little 500 : the story of the world's greatest college weekend by John Schwarb.
Call number: GV1049.2.L57 S35 1999

Breaking Away (VHS, 1979). Call number: PN1997 .B7285 1985

History of the Little 500 (VHS, 200?,) and archival 8mm film footage of the first Little 500 can be found at Office of University Archives and Records Management

Little 500 History

Little 500 Wiki Entry

Friday, March 09, 2007

"Miss Potter" and "300"

Two very different films are opening in wide release this weekend. "Miss Potter" tells the story of Peter Rabbit's creator while "300" graphically portrays the famous battle at Thermopylae.

This web site Potter links to primary sources and explanatory animations about Beatrix Potter, her life in Victorian Britain, her sources of inspiration, her editor Norman Warne and her life after she no longer wrote the "little books." It also provides pictures of the "real Peter Rabbit," the original "story letters" which later became books, a list of discussion topics and a virtual field trip to Potter's beloved Lake District.

Another site provides the story behind the movie "300" and the battle of Thermopylae, 300. It includes links to primary sources, explanatory animations, on-line games from the British Museum (illustrating how Spartan children were educated and how Greeks operated trireme ships), plus much more.

Carole Bos
Dean's Advisory Board
Grand Valley State University

Friday, February 23, 2007

Looking for a current Newspaper or Periodical?

IUB currently subscribes to over 100 newspapers in Arabic, Asian, Russian, East and West European languages. We also subscribe to over 12,000 periodicals from countries such as France, Japan, Egypt, China, Germany, Poland, etc. Trained staff in KCRS are available to help you find what you need.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Faculty and Teaching Assistants: Know Your Copy Rights

Don't have time to read the full Copyright Act? Try printing out this easy brochure developed by the Association of Research Libraries.

Know Your Copy Rights

Friday, February 09, 2007

Books into Film: Perfume, Bridge to Terabithia and more...

According to Video Librarian, Vol. 22, no.1, the following films based on books will be coming to a theatre near you.

Slated for release in January are: Perfume: The story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind starring Ben Whishaw; Freedom Writers based on the book Freedom Writers Diary by the Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell starring Hillary Swank; and The Painted Veil by W. Someerset Maugham starring Edward Norton.

Slated for release in February are: Hannibal Rising based on Thomas Harris' thriller starring Gaspard Ulliel; and, Bridge to Terabithia by Katharine Paterson starring AnnaSophia Robb.

Sidenote: how many lucky librarians and/or paraprofessionals were lucky enough to have Tom Perrotta autograph your book of Little Children a few years ago at the American Library Association conference? Aye.

Free Streaming Internet Spotlight: UbuWeb

UbuWeb: The YouTube of the Avant-Garde
UbuWeb has converted all of its rare and out-of-print film & video holdings to on-demand streaming formats a la YouTube, which means that you can view everything right in your browser without platform-specific software or insanely huge downloads. We offer over 300 films & videos from artists such as Vito Acconci, Pipilotti Rist, Jean Genet, The Cinema of Transgression, Richard Foreman, Shuji Terayama, Jack Smith, Carolee Schneeman, John Lennon and hundreds more. Presented in conjunction with our partners at Greylodge.(as quoted by UbuWeb)


Indiana University is not responsible for any content presented with UbuWeb. Be responsible and use citations.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Need to return books and movies, but parking is a problem? Help is on the way...

You can now return your books, videos and DVDs without scavenging for a parking space at the Herman B Wells Library. Three book-return receptacles are now located south of the library: one at the end of the sidewalk leading to the main entrance, and two at the Seventh Street turnaround just north of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.

Remember that books may also be returned at any branch library.

And to speed up your transactions at the front end of the process, a self-service check-out machine located near the circulation desk in the Wells Library east tower offers you the option of checking out your own materials. Simply scan your ID, scan the book, and you’re out the door. Elect to have your charge slip sent to your e-mail rather than printing it out.

New Look, New Features for IUCAT

IUCAT, the university's online catalog with more than 5.6 million titles, has a new look and new features.

Upgraded in December, the catalog now features a streamlined interface to help reduce search errors. You can now also search for DVDs/videos, sound recordings, and E-books, and sort any of your searches by relevance. GoogleBooks and WorldCat are now one click away.

You should log in to IUCAT at the beginning of your search. Logging in allows you to access the full text when available and ensures you won't lose your search results if you later decide to renew library materials or request delivery of articles.

Note that off-campus users of the catalog must log in twice.

Go to: www.iucat.iu.edu

ALA Video Round Table Announces 2007 Notable Videos for Adults

And the award goes to...

2007 Notable Winners

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Cuddle Up with a Romantic Movie!

Looking for that special movie to make you feel warm and cozy? Consider checking out the following films located in the Kent Cooper Room Media Browsing Collection. Patrons can check out three videos and/or DVDs from the Browsing Collection for one week.

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Brokeback Mountain
Doctor Zhivago
John Tucker Must Die
The Breakup
Failure to Launch
Isn't it Romantic
Loving Glances
Road to Love
Roman Holiday