In addition to the Science Library, the new Peter B Lewis Library will contain a new OIT-operated Broadcast Center. The center’s HD video studio will assist University professors to be interviewed live on major television and radio networks. The center’s professional audio recording studio contains sound proof walls that will block common campus noises that have, in the past, spoiled many campus interviews. The facilities will support the recording of major campus events such as Public Lectures, Opening Exercises, and Commencement. The studio will also manage the recording of lectures, podcasts, and rich media content.
Newly opened, the facility includes a digital audio suite, a full sized studio with blue- and green screen capabilities, a green room with a 65 inch LCD screen, and a high definition control room.
By Jack Ackerman
Clifford Ross wanted to capture details on film, but no camera could do quite what he had in mind. So, he made his own.
Ross, a painter and photographer, has contributed works to the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum. He described the process of developing his camera, patented in 2004 as the R1, in a lecture yesterday afternoon.
He described his first experience with artistic photography as “a disaster.” Attempting to photograph ocean waves, Ross entered the water and swam, camera in hand, trying to capture as much detail as possible. Despite his efforts, the images turned out blurry and were nearly indecipherable. A camera did not exist that could capture the details he wanted.
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For the past six years, OIT’s Language Resource Center has offered a Video on Demand service that permits faculty to integrate film into their teaching.
The service permits faculty to submit requests for full films or clips. Once the films are located or purchased, OIT digitizes them and stores the digitized video files on a streaming server. Students can gain access to the video material at any time from a number of select locations. Students can find the links to the films and clips within the University’s Blackboard Course Management System. Every course that uses the service will have the links within a Course Materials folder (the location that contains copyrighted materials). Students simply click on the link and the film will appear.
Use of the service has grown considerably, from just 27 courses and 137 titles in 2001 to more than 300 courses and nearly 1,800 titles in 2006. Faculty continue to request approximately 300 new titles each semester.
At the April 25 Lunch ‘n Learn seminar, Marianne Crusius, manager of the Language Resource Center, described the service. She explained how to request a film, how to link the digitized videos to Blackboard course page, and how to use virtual film clips within the classroom. Faculty can make all of the films available to students, or reserve some films or clips only for classroom use.
She noted that the Video on Demand service is popular throughout Humanities and language courses and in Politics, Psychology, and the Woodrow Wilson School. Some courses make just a single film available. At the other extreme, one film studies course offers 35 films.
At OIT’s Lunch ‘n Learn on October 25, Kevin Guthrie ’84 discussed the new forces and organizations emerging from today’s rapidly evolving networked economy that pose new challenges for the academic enterprise and for our scholarly projects. He highlighted some of the major forces from the commercial information economy that are “colliding” with the prevailing approaches of the scholarly community. The collision of the world of networked digitized information, with its new methods of access and formats of communication, introduces challenging questions of scale, scope and control for the academy.
Guthrie is the president of Ithaka, a not-for-profit organization committed to helping accelerate the adoption of productive and efficient uses of information technology for the benefit of the worldwide higher education community. Ithaka is affiliated with JSTOR and ARTstor.
The digitization of text, images, and music has become an integral part of research and teaching at Princeton. Services to support these efforts continue to be developed to respond to an ever increasing need to convert traditional materials to digital versions that can be used in popular campus delivery systems such as Blackboard, Almagest, etc. The Princeton University Library’s Electronic Course Reserves (E-reserves), the Online Audio Reserves Project, and the Language Resource, Educational Technologies, and New Media Centers all offer services to Princeton faculty interested in working in this format.
Electronic Course Reserves (E-reserves)
Since the fall of 1998, first in a pilot project and then as a full service in 2001, staff members from both Firestone Library and all the branch libraries have used flatbed scanners to digitize course reserves reading material chosen by those faculty who elect to use the E-Reserves service and system. The service has grown from an initial 10 courses with about 50 readings to last year’s total of 495 courses and 15,063 readings