New LTU Course to consider Book History, Copyright Law, and Video Game Studies

Creative Commons

Creative Commons [http://creativecommons.org/]

The Communications department is offering a new special seminar in Spring 2014, COM 4963: Digital Humanities. The course will focus on the relationship between communication and technology, including topics like the history (and future) of the book, digital piracy, copyright law, digital preservation, and video games. Interested students should register early as the course will only be open to 20 students. Contact Nathan Kelber (nkelber@ltu.edu) for further details.

New Movies

A selection of new movies at Lawrence Tech Library

A selection of new movies at Lawrence Tech Library

New Movies at Lawrence Tech Library:

  • American Reunion
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Artist
  • Another Happy Day
  • An Invisible Sign
  • Being Flynn
  • Bernie
  • Contagion
  • Casino Jack
  • Extraordinary Birds (Blu-ray)
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Fargo
  • The Hoax
  • Jack & Jill vs. The World
  • Killer Elite
  • Kill Speed
  • A little Bit of Heaven
  • Moneyball
  • One Day
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Sundays at Tiffany’s
  • Snatch
  • Safe House
  • Two for the Money
  • The Three Stooges
  • The Three Stooges and Our Gang
  • The Vow What Happens in Vegas

Movies are free to check out, and they circulate for 7 days.

Shakespeare Quotes Still Used Today

Shakespeare Quotes Still Used Today (Bulletin Board at Lawrence Tech Library)

Shakespeare Quotes Still Used Today (Bulletin Board at Lawrence Tech Library) Designed by Adrienne Aluzzo

Some quotes include:

  • “Love is blind” (The Merchant of Venice)
  • “Send him packing” (Henry IV)
  • “As dead as a doornail” (Henry VI)
  • “Make your hair stand on end” (Hamlet)
  • “There’s method in my madness” (Hamlet)
  • “A sorry sight” (Macbeth)
  • “Vanish [into] thin air” (Othello)
  • “In stitches” (Twelfth Night)
  • “Too much of a good thing” (As You Like It)

Be sure to stop by the library and read some more, or visit The Phrase Finder for many more.

Animating the World with WorldShare

Lawrence Tech’s new library system, OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services, is celebrating the 100th library going live on the system with a fun contest.  Each library was sent a WorldShare beachball with the challenge to come up with an idea to show the ball bouncing into the picture on the left and bouncing out on the right.  Librarian Gretchen Weiner had an idea that the ball should bounce down a “staircase” of the many items you can find at the LTU library via the WorldShare system (from books and journal articles to videos, to games, etc.).  Librarian Sheila Gaddie came across an animated video of blocks and wondered if that could inspire the LTU entry.

The library enlisted Stephen Coy, Associate Professor in the College of Architecture and Design, to give advice, and he invited his student, Jared Patterson, to work on the idea.  They met with Grechen Weiner and Gary Cocozzoli, and decided to film in the Kahn Library.   It was fascinating to watch them film and put together the ten-second sequence, which used both live filming and stop-animation, but photographed backwards, including a rotating globe (barely seen in the first photo) that would remind viewers that WorldShare is used by libraries across the globe, and is the primary method of interlibrary sharing of resources.

Prof. Steven Coy (left) and student Jared Patterson film the WorldShare sequence with librarian Gretchen Weiner looking on in the background.

Prof. Steven Coy (left) and student Jared Patterson film the WorldShare sequence with librarian Gretchen Weiner looking on in the background.

The filmmakers edited the elements into a cogent form that is both amusing and amazing to view.  Special thanks are in order to Prof. Coy and to Jared Patterson for their creative efforts.

Worldshare topped the charts in new contracts among library automation companies in 2012, according to Library Journal  (April 1, 2013, p. 38), with 190 libraries contracting for WorldShare.  With 67 more institutions already signed to go live in 2013, what might OCLC do for an encore when they hit 200 libraries?