On Collaboration: John Steinbeck’s America

On Collaboration: John Steinbeck’s America Laurie Scrivener, Associate Professor and History and Area Studies Librarian Liorah Golomb, Associate Professor and Humanities Librarian Collaboration is the first of OU Libraries’ stated values: “We promote collaboration through teamwork and cooperation to pursue common goals.”1 As library faculty and members of the university community, we wholeheartedly agree. And, […]

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Shelf Web Content Capture System: A Proposal for a Digital Scholarship Collaborative Clearinghouse at the University of Oklahoma

Shelf, a browser extension/add-on for Chrome and Firefox, describes itself as a “web clipper.” Think of it more like a team-based bookmark manager on crack — like Mario Party™ or Habitat for Humanity but as scrapbooking activities. Shelf not only allows you to pocket and organize links to web pages like traditional bookmark managers, but […]

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ArcGIS Story Maps and Map-lesses

The ArcGIS Story Maps apps (from ESRI) offer a dynamic set of mixed-media presentation forms that represent the best in intuitive usability and serve as an antidote for cartophilic creators previously deflated by the labyrinthine complexity of professional-grade GIS software. (like this … phew!) Just consider July 2017’s Story Map of the Month: Washington’s Ice […]

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The Geospatial Data Act of 2017

On May 25, 2017, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the bi-partisan Senate Bill 1253, better known as the Geospatial Data Act of 2017. In bi-partisan fashion, the bill has sparked praise and outrage from geospatial technologists. Interestingly, however, the Geospatial Data Act has been in the works for several years. Hatch […]

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What Are We Waiting For?

Recently The Chronicle of Higher Education published a piece entitled “How to Avoid a Post-Scholar America”.  Yes, we say, YES, and AMEN, too. The University of Oklahoma was founded as a public institution.  Its mission encompasses “service to the state and society.”  We can do this by, as The Chronicle article says, creating more public […]

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Emerging Technologies – A Day in the Life

The following is an idealized day in the life of an Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Oklahoma Libraries. While there has never been a day exactly like this, most days (right now) include some significant combination of the activities described below. 8:00-9:00am – Research. Research is definitely the most cognitively intensive activity I engage […]

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In (Academic Social) Medias Res

Within hours after Forbes.com published Sarah Bond’s article, Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account at Academia.edu, I began fielding questions from OU faculty members. 3,132 people from the University of Oklahoma have accounts on Academia.edu, and 3,284 have accounts on ResearchGate. Another popular “academic social network,” Mendeley, doesn’t group their accounts in the same way, but […]

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Preserving Virtual Reality at OU Libraries

With the public release of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset in March 2016, and with many other affordable VR platforms following, VR is becoming the hottest new platform for video game content this year. At the same time, OU libraries has been developing a VR workstation, Oklahoma Virtual Academic Laboratory (OVAL), for academic […]

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OSF Preprints Repository

The Center for Open Science has launched OSF Preprints, an open access repository of more than 350,000 preprints of scholarly publications. Researchers can upload preprints, create projects, and work collaboratively. With OSF for Meetings, academic organizations can register events and share documents with participants. Other key features include document-level metrics, data archiving, and project tracking. […]

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