Special Collections/University Archives Fall Exhibit: “Diversity Efforts at Bucknell University”

From now until December 12, see our newest exhibit, located outside Special Collections/University Archives on Lower Level 1.

The exhibit features materials from the university archives collection that represent Bucknell’s efforts to recognize diversity in its campus culture and student life from its inception as a University to present.

For more info, email scua@bucknell.edu

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Our students’ favorite books

During our annual new student Orientation event, “The Library Unbound,” we asked members of the Class of 2018 to tell us their favorite book.

Here’s a video with the results!  Shot by Dan Heuer ’07, M’09 and edited by Sam Johansson ’17

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Library and IT Year in Review 2013-2014

Library and IT proudly presents our Year in Review!  This document details the many innovative and important projects and initiatives we’ve undertaken in the past year.

Read the Library and IT Year in Review

If you have questions about any of the projects in the Year in Review, please contact Jason Snyder.

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HAPI website completely redesigned!

The Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) is your source for approximately 300,000 journal article citations about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.

HAPI currently provides over 100,000 links to the full text of articles appearing in more than 600 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world

Check out HAPI on the Latin American Studies Research by Subject page!

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Campus wi-fi safety information

Library & IT is working hard to improve wireless coverage around campus.  During the summer, we upgraded the infrastructure in several residence halls and academic spaces, and we will now shift our focus to other areas of campus.

Part of this strategy is to move wireless access points out of the hallways and into residence hall rooms and classrooms.  Because of differences in thickness of walls, we felt it was better to have the access points nearer to the people who would be using them. With the access points in more visible spaces, we wanted to share with the Bucknell community the following information.

All of our wireless access points are compliant with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.  The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology evaluates the effect of emissions from FCC-regulated transmitters on the quality of the human environment. At the present time there is no federally-mandated radio frequency (RF) exposure standard, however devices must be tested and registered as FCC compliant.

The FCC maintains information on its website:  http://transition.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety/rf-faqs.html

Since 1996, the FCC has required that all wireless communications devices sold in the United States meet its minimum guidelines for safe human exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy.  FCC guidelines and rules regarding RF exposure are based upon standards developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, with input from other federal agencies (like OSHA and EPA).

All wireless devices sold in the US go through a formal FCC approval process to ensure that they do not exceed the maximum allowable RF level when operating at the device’s highest possible power level.

Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that “the levels of RF exposure from base stations and wireless networks are so low that the temperature increases are insignificant and do not affect human health.” (WHO Fact Sheet on Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health, http://www.who.int/peh-emf/publications/facts/fs304/en/)

Library & IT takes the efficacy of our network seriously, but, above all, we value the health and safety of our campus community.  If you have any questions about our computing and networking resources, please contact techdesk@bucknell.edu, or call 570.577.7777.

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Brianna Healey Derr Achieves Certification in Digital Storytelling

Brianna Healey Derr, a member of the ITEC staff in the role of Instructional Technologist, specializing in video, recently completed coursework to earn a certificate in Digital Storytelling. The Digital Storytelling Certificate Program was created through a collaboration between the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) and the University of Colorado, Denver. The program is designed to help individuals and organizations learn the skills necessary for successfully carrying out digital storytelling projects. A digital story defined by the CDS is a first-person narrative account of an event or life experience that had a role in shaping or changing one’s life. The story is told via digital media such as film, music, photographs, etc.

Brianna has already started to introduce what she studied into several course projects. (See the related ITEC blog post, Digital Storytelling in the Curriculum.) As an example of Digital Storytelling, Brianna has shared two digital stories that she produced as part of her professional development and course work (embedded below). Visitation Dreams tells the emotionally powerful story of a “visitation dream” from her deceased grandmother, and Journey to Bucknell, which she produced for her most recent certification course, relates Brianna’s path to her current position as Video Specialist. Please contact Brianna if you want to learn more about digital storytelling or if you are interested in having students create a digital story as a course assignment.

Visitation Dreams

Journey to Bucknell

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Want Better Wireless Coverage? You can help!

One of the challenges we face with our wireless network at Bucknell is competition.
From what, you ask?

Well, if you have any wireless devices that broadcast an SSID (like personal wireless routers, wireless printers, etc.) it interferes with the wireless signal we are trying to broadcast to you.  While the wireless convenience of these devices works great at home, they collectively create some challenges here on campus in close quarters with a few hundred other people.

Just try connecting to wireless from your room.  If you see more than just “bucknell.edu” and “bucknell_guests” as networks available to connect to, there is interference present.

What can you do?  Please turn off the wireless broadcasting component of these devices.  That will help “clear the air” for everyone and allow our Bucknell wireless network to propagate to you much more effectively.

Questions?  Please do not hesitate to contact the Tech Desk at techdesk@bucknell.edu or by calling 570-577-7777.

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