The Productive Scholar RECAP: New Faculty Technology Toolkit – Part 2: Library E-Services and McGraw-ETC

 For a description of this Productive Scholar session and biographies of the presenters, please click hereTo read Part 1: Q-APS Consulting, HRC, and DHI, click here.

Audrey Welber, E-Services and the Department of Research and Instructional Services, Library Services.

Audrey began her presentation with a brief discussion of the E-chat Service, a library reference portal which is available late into the evening and on weekends, making it a particularly useful resource for undergraduate students. As part of her work in Library Services, Audrey also holds library instruction sessions, primarily for undergraduates, on Citation Management Tools. For this Productive Scholar presentation Audrey focused on bibliographic management resources at the Library, as well as new features of the Library’s webpage, and new searching strategies.

Overview of PUL Bibliographic Management Tools

Multiple functions:

1) Collecting: From JSTOR or a library catalogue (e.g.: Princeton’s library or the Library of Congress), you can just pull in citations, so you have them all in one place.

2) Annotating: As Mendeley, RefWorks, EndNote, and Zotero each function as a database, you can also make notes within these applications and then search those notes by keyword.

3) Searching: you can search the information the application has pulled in from the library listing, as well as the notes you’ve added.

4) Deploying: you can deploy these citations into a MSWord document in any popular citation format you choose.

Princeton supports a number of these software applications, and most recently has started to support Papers (Papers for Mac), which is popular in the sciences. Currently, Zotero is the leader bibliographic management, as RefWorks has evidenced some recent glitches on the Mac platform, and Endnote is better suited to book-length documents. However, EndNote Web is a mobility enabling app that provides the option to work at more than one computer, though it’s arguably not as robust as the desktop/single machine version. Mendeley is great for organizing and annotating pdfs. There was a lot of buzz about it a year or two ago. However, it seems to be declining in popularity because a lot of other things have come down the pike that appear to be better than Mendeley. Its purpose is really as an organization and annotation tool for your pdfs. If you want to attend a workshop that provides actual training in these applications, they are offered every three weeks. During these sessions Audrey demonstrates the software and then gives attendees time to try it out. Instructional Services also offers the option to schedule a one-on-one session with Audrey.

John Logan, Subject-Specialist Librarians, Firestone Library, Princeton University Library(PUL).Screen shot 2013-11-22 at 5.58.08 PM

The Subject-Specialist Librarians are comprised of 54 Selectors, people whose responsibility it is to build and maintain the collections in a certain area. John is the Literature Bibliographer, specializing in English, American, Italian and French philology and literature, comparative literature, literary history, and a number of other subjects, including Film Studies. All subject-specialist librarians are most easily available via email, many of these subject-specialists have been at Princeton for considerable time and are well-networked with their peers at other institutions. They can be priceless fonts of information, appropriate inter-departmental referrals, and fruitful national and international contacts for locating data and publications. The list of Princeton University subject-specialist librarians can be found here.

John also noted that the PUL Search Articles+ search option is excellent for accessing book reviews. This is a great way to begin research and to do a final sweep, but is not so effective for the in-between period of specialized searches. For those more nuanced research investigations, John encourages you to make an appointment with your friendly neighborhood subject-specialist librarian.

Janet Temos, Director, Educational Technologies Center (ETC), The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.Screen shot 2013-12-12 at 6.11.53 PM

ETC, which recently (September 1, 2013) became a part of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, creates, hosts, and facilitate programming related to educational technology and its employ in teaching and research. The ETC blog provides documentation of past sessions of Productive Scholar, and its now-retired companion series, Lunch and Learn.

On ETC’s Homepage [insert link:  ] you’ll find a link for requesting one-on-one consultations and office visits with members of ETC’s staff. Blackboard is currently the most frequently requested service using this online form. However, the online form is intended as a portal for requesting consultations on research and teaching technology applications and resources. Another aspect of the ETC are its physical resources, these include the lending of instructional and research hardware such as iClicker interactive response units (includes clickers and controller, which we can train you to use to facilitate student engagement in large lectures—200-to-700 students—as well as smaller classes and seminars), a 3D scanner, SmartBoard, and tablets that offer a digital writing surface. The ETC also has a lab, the New Media Center, which is on the first floor of the Lewis Library building, across from the Lewis Library, which seats a total of 26 with 5 Dell Alienware machines and 21 Mac Pros with 30” monitor screens for editing video and graphics. The NMC also features hardware for analog-to-digital conversion for a variety of mediums, video, audio, photo negatives, slides, and print manuscripts. The lab computer workstations host over 100 software applications related to multimedia production, additionally, the NMC has an Audio Booth for recording voice overs and interviews. This space features a variety of audio software programs such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Reaper, Audacity, and Garage Band.

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