May 31st, 2016

Check your network speeds – the Fast way!

Did you ever wonder how fast your home network really is? Is a slow-loading page, or buffering on a streaming video, caused by problems on ‘their end,’ or is it with your network? Netflix has come out with a super-fast, super-easy way to check your wireless network speed: Fast.com Just go to fast.com on your laptop or phone or tablet and you’ll see a screen with a number on it – that’s it! Nothing else – no ads, no flashing buttons, no confusing messages . . . just a number, and that’s the number you need. See this article for more info . […]

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May 25th, 2016

Promoting video on campus with the help of Kaltura

“I’m so passionate about video. I want others to be as passionate about it as I am. I want them to see video’s true worth.” -Brianna Healey Derr Brianna Healey Derr recently visited the Big Apple to accompany other panelists reflecting on the use of Kaltura and video at their prospective institutions. The session was recorded and streamed at Kaltura Connect Education Virtual Summit on May 19, 2016. Kaltura is a cloud-based video platform for organizing, managing, and streaming video content, and it was adopted by Bucknell in 2011. According to Brianna, “I primarily use the front face of Kaltura, […]

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May 9th, 2016

Library Construction Project Impacts Book Collection on LL1

Greetings from Bertrand Library! We want to let you know about some summertime construction that will impact the library’s collections in certain subject areas. Plans are underway for a renovation project involving Lower Level 1 Front. Due to the construction, books in the call number ranges B – BQ (philosophy, psychology, and religion) will inaccessible May 11th through mid-August. We encourage anyone in need of books from the B – BQ call number range to retrieve them before the semester is over. During the summer, we will rely on interlibrary loan when we are unable to retrieve materials you may need. […]

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May 5th, 2016

Google Calendar for Android: Find a Time!

If you’re used to scheduling meetings with people from your computer, you’ve used the Find a Time feature that shows you options when you’re scheduling an event. And you’ve missed that feature when you’ve scheduled meetings from your phone. But now Calendar for Android offers that feature in its latest update: check out how to use it here: http://googleappsupdates.blogspot.com/2016/04/google-calendar-for-android-find-time.html

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May 2nd, 2016

Preserving Bucknell University Online

A major problem cultural repositories, such as the Bertrand Library’s Special Collections/University Archives, face is capturing, preserving, and providing researchers with access to born digital content that is within its collecting mission. As websites, social media, and other forms of digital media become an increasingly important avenue for communication by the University, this content becomes just as much a part of the historical record of the University as more traditional forms of documentation—notably paper documents and printed photographs. In response to the growing need to preserve the University’s history, in 2012, Special Collections/University Archives began to subscribe to the Internet […]

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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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