If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “The Campus in the Palm of Your Hand describes how cell phone services are being used on college and university campuses as a way for faculty, staff, and students to communicate with one another.  As college and university administrators realize that cellphones are the best, and often the only way to reach their students, a growing number of campuses have implemented cell phone services on campus with companies such as Rave Wireless.  

Some of the many cell phone applications allow faculty, staff, and students to check and send e-mail and text messages from their phones, access Blackboard, review homework assignments, give quizzes, get text messages about campus events or registration deadlines, receive alerts about campus safety, access campus maps, and track shuttle buses.   Because these wireless services are still in the pilot project phase, there have been issues such as not getting complete coverage on campus or how to entice students to sign up.

What cell phone applications do you think would be useful or not useful for faculty, staff, and students?  Do you think this use of technology weakens or strengthens a sense of campus community?  Feel free to post your comments.

The Women Who Drive Library Technology

In Miller’s recent article in Library Journal, The Women Who Drive Library Technology, several women who oversee library services in the public, private, and nonprofit sector discuss their various experiences on how they have embraced technology.

Know Your Copy Rights

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This brochure for teaching faculty was developed by the Association of Research Libraries and attorney Peggy Hoon, a well-regarded copyright specialist.  Topics covered include: fair use, the advantage of linking to instead of copying works, and special provisions for displaying or performing works in classes. The brochure also includes a one-page chart that highlights 24 situations when various categories of works can be used.  To access an electronic PDF copy of the brochure, click here

To review other print and electronic resources on copyright issues, check out the library’s online Copyright Issues guide.  For more information on copyright issues, contact the Reference Desk. 

If the Academic Library Ceased to Exist . . .

Interesting article from the Jan/Feb 2007 issue of Educause Review on what might happen if academic libraries ceased to exist by Lynn Scott Cochrane, Director of Libraries at Denison University.  Click here to read the article.