April 13th, 2016

New Collapsed Topic Format in Moodle

One challenge that students and faculty members face with large Moodle courses is the (over-dramatically named) “scroll of death.” In other words, when there are many topic blocks and/or lots of documents within topic blocks, the Moodle course ends up being so long, that students need to keep scrolling downward to see all the course content, and faculty members need to keep scrolling downward to add new content. In order to address this “scroll of death” problem and to reduce the screen length of a Moodle course, we have installed the “Collapsed Topic” course format. When a faculty member chooses […]

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April 12th, 2016

From Special Collections/University Archives: Gutenberg Press Model Made by Bucknell Engineering Students

In 2000, Doris Dysinger, Former Curator of Special Collections/University Archives, suggested to the Mechanical Engineering Department that designing and building a working model of the Gutenberg printing press could make an interesting senior design project that would also aid in Special Collections/University Archives’ instructional sessions about the early printing process. Three mechanical engineering students were selected to research, design, and build a replica of Gutenberg press as their senior engineering project. The students were given nine months to complete the project with faculty guiding them along the way. The final product would be a replica of Gutenberg’s press, but made […]

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April 8th, 2016

Using Reminders in Google Calendar

You might see this show up in the corner of your calendar soon: That’s for a new feature called Reminders – rather than setting aside a calendar time slot, you can now create a reminder that’ll give you that little prompt so you don’t forget something important. For more details, check out Google’s blog  

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April 6th, 2016

From Special Collections/University Archives: The William Butler Yeats Collection

In 1976, the University received a donation of 35 letters and documents related to the literary and professional career of William Butler (W.B.) Yeats as well as his sisters, Elizabeth and Lily Yeats, and Yeats’ friend, Lady Augusta Gregory. The collection was donated by LaFayette Butler, an industrialist and resident of Hazelton, Pennsylvania. After his death in 1975, Butler donated several other manuscript collections and first editions from his extensive Fountain Lawn Library, including the works of George Bernard Shaw and early folios of Shakespeare’s plays. The letters in the collection deal with a multitude of topics, ranging from discussions […]

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March 31st, 2016

Bison Laptop Program

Interested in buying a new laptop for school? Curious about the support that that Tech Desk can provide for various laptops? Looking for a recommended laptop? We have all of our up-to-date info in Ask (ask.bucknell.edu), our knowledgebase. Search for Bison Laptop or check out this link: http://ask.bucknell.edu/?cat=938

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March 22nd, 2016

From the University Archives: Bucknell’s Digital Collections

In an effort to provide better access and share the many treasures in special collections and archives repositories, many institutions are digitizing their holdings, including Special Collections/University Archives in the Bertrand Library. The advantages of providing access to collections digitally are obvious; historical photographs, texts, and artifacts that would require the physical presence of the viewer can now be easily shared with the world in a digital environment. Over the past decades, Special Collections/University Archives at the Bertrand Library began to share some of its collections digitally which are available in Shared Shelf Commons. From local collections of Bucknell University’s […]

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March 16th, 2016

Call for Proposals: Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference 2016

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its third annual digital scholarship conference on October 28-30, 2016. The theme of the conference is “Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration.” This conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, educational technologists, and students–who are using technology to rethink seemingly intractable borders within and outside of the university. We define “borders” as boundaries that limit access; conditions that differentiate insiders from outsiders; or any obstacle that impairs open communication and collaboration. We invite proposals that explore or critique digital modes of scholarly, cultural, and political […]

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March 11th, 2016

Video from the 2015 Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference #BUDSC15

Check out the video from the 2015 Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference, Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Public Scholarship. Videography by Brianna Derr. For more information about the conference: http://dsconf.blogs.bucknell.edu/  

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