Friday, July 25, 2014

Tools and Features in CTools

As you get ready to set up your course sites, you might find this list of all of the Ctools tools and their uses helpful. For further information see the CTools Help Page. Please contact me directly at if you have any questions about CTools or need help setting up your site.

Announcements -- For posting information
Assignments -- For private submission and grading of coursework
BlueReview -- For linking to lecture recordings hosted on BlueReview
CAEN Lecture Recording -- For linking to lecture recordings hosted by CAEN
Chat Room -- For posting messages among site participants in real time
Drop Box -- For private file sharing between instructors and students
Email Archive -- For displaying email sent to the site
Engineering Honor Code -- For displaying your course honor policy (Engineering courses only)
Forums -- For posting topics and responses
Gradebook -- For posting grades, either entered directly or imported from other tools
i>clicker Sakai i>clicker Plugin - integrates Sakai and i>clicker products
iTunes U -- For distributing media using iTunes
LectureTools -- For enabling live interactivity during lecture sessions
Library Help -- For instant-messaging with a UM librarian
M+Box -- For storing and sharing files in your M+Box account
Messages -- For posting messages directly to individual site participants
Modules -- For building and displaying sequenced learning materials
News -- For displaying RSS and other -- Forms of syndicated web content
Piazza -- For students to ask and answer questions under the guidance of their instructor
Podcasts -- For distributing media
Polls -- For collecting feedback on a given question
Resources -- For posting documents, website URLs, etc.
Schedule -- For posting deadlines, events, etc.
Site Info -- For modifying site properties and participants
Syllabus -- For posting a summary, outline, or requirements
Test Center -- For building and distributing assessments (e.g., quizzes)
Web Content -- For displaying standard web pages
Wiki -- For collaborative authoring of pages and content

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Faculty Invite to Enriching Scholarship Artists' Books Workshop

I would like to invite interested faculty and graduate students to sign up for my Enriching Scholarship Workshop, Artist Books For Inspiration or Just for Fun, happening on Thursday, 5/8 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm in The AAEL Special Collections Room, room B245 in the Duderstadt Center.
Artists’ books are books that were created as works of art. The Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL) Special Collections has a growing collection of artists’ books in its holdings. These books have been created via printing press, silk screening, painting, sewing, and numerous other processes. They are made from a wide range of media including aluminum, cloth, handmade paper and wood. The books vary greatly in size and structure. Some fit in the palm of a hand, while others span the length of a table. Some are bound, while others must be constructed to be read, and still others illuminate to be read in the dark. In this hands-on session, Annette Haines, the Art and Design Librarian, will showcase this vibrant and thought-provoking collection and discuss ways in which you might incorporate these books into your courses.
Click here to register for this workshop.

Enriching Scholarship is a weeklong, campus-wide conference sponsored by the Teaching and Technology Collaborative. Throughout the week of May 5th-9th free workshops are offered for faculty, staff, and students to support teaching and technology.
This year's Enriching Scholarship Keynote (Monday, May 5th) "From Disruption to Design: Technology and the Future of Residential Education" will be given by Diana Oblinger, President and CEO of EDUCAUSE.
Visit the Enriching Scholarship website to view the schedule and register for sessions.
Please join us for a week of teaching a learning together!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Workshops on Citation Analysis

The Library will be offering two workshops on citation analysis in the coming weeks. The first workshop will be an overview for beginners and the second workshop, provided as part of the Enriching Scholarship series will be slightly more advanced. We invite you to come to one or both of these workshops to find out more about both traditional models of citation analysis and emerging methods. Registration is required. 
  • What is citation analysis?
  • How can citation analysis help you promote your research and yourself?
  • Are there ways to compare and find the best place to publish your research using citation analysis?
  • How can you gather data on your impact beyond scholarly journals? 
Thursday, April 24, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
University Library Instruction Center (ULIC)
4059 Shapiro Library 

Monday, May 5, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
University Library Instruction Center (ULIC)
4059 Shapiro Library 

Questions? Contact Sue Wortman or Emily Puckett Rogers

University Library Hosts Job Fair for Students

Date & Time
April 18, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, 100

Are you a student looking for Spring/Summer and/or Fall 2014 employment?  Are you interested in a flexible work schedule that accommodates your class schedule?

Please join us if you are interested in working in the University of Michigan Library system. Potential work locations include the Hatcher-Shapiro Libraries, Buhr Building, the Museums Library, the Music Library and the Duderstadt Center. No registration is required to attend this student job fair. Please contact with questions. 

There are a variety of work study and non work-study positions available including:
  • Staffing Customer Service and Information Desks
  • Shelving
  • Document retrieval
  • Instructional Technology consultants
  • Programmer/Analysts
  • Publishing Marketing assistants
  • Project assistants
  • Peer Information Counselors

Art and Architecture in Video - New Content

Art and Architecture in Video is an online collection of documentaries and interviews illustrating the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture.

The databaase has been recently been updated with 40 new titles (35 hours). This update includes new content from Windrose, TVF International, Ampersand, ArtHaus Musik, Passion Distribution, and BBC.

Find this and many other amazing databases in Searchtools!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Accessing the Public Domain: a conversation with copyright experts

Accessing the Public Domain: a conversation with copyright experts
Friday, March 28, 10am-12pm in Hatcher Library gallery
Panelists: Jack Bernard, Jessica Litman, Melissa Levine, Justin Bonfiglio

Virtually every academic discipline benefits from public domain works that are free of copyright in HathiTrust. The public domain should be simple to identify, right? Come for a discussion among copyright experts on the challenges of identifying public domain works - and why the public domain is important for all of us. This event is hosted by the University of Michigan Copyright Office in honor of the milestone completion of the CRMS-US copyright review project that identified public domain books in HathiTrust that were published in the United States between 1923 and 1963.

Within HathiTrust, freely available public domain volumes range from the complete works of Shakespeare to The Theory and Practice of Ice Cream Making.  Perhaps less understood is the time intensive, often complex, and collaborative Copyright Review Management System (CRMS) which, through the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has identified over 150,000 public domain works in the United States. Panelists will put this accomplishment in context and provide some examples of the range of challenges presented by a systematic copyright review of hundreds of thousands of unique works.  

More information on the discussion and panelists is available here:

Mini-Comics Day at the Duderstadt Center

The Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library is hosting its 4th annual Mini-Comics Day on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 10am to 6pm. Participants are challenged to write and draw a complete mini-comic within the span of a day.
Registration required; register now at .