August 10th, 2017

Introducing the New and Improved Bertrand Library Website!

Bertrand Library is proud to present our new and improved website!  The new site features a brand new design, improved navigation, and full integration with the Research by Subject guides.  The new design elements will also be featured across the entire Research by Subject site. Here are a few close-ups of new design elements: -new dropdown menus:  -easy access to contact information and L&IT social media presence:  -easy navigation to the links you need, right up front!:  -quick links to library help:  -and more! We invite you to take the new site for a test drive, and to share any feedback […]

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August 9th, 2017

Coming soon: Updates on Major University Projects!

This summer, our own Lisa Veloz, Director of Project and Initiative Management, ran a workshop for L&IT staff on the principles of project management, and how we can apply them to our work. These principles are applied constantly on campus to a number of university-wide projects that affect the lives and work of everyone at Bucknell. Stay tuned to the L&IT blog for updates on such vital university projects as: Changes in the university ticketing system Document Imaging Blackbaud implementation Workday implementation and more!

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July 10th, 2017

Representing the Generations: Dianne Guffey Celebrates 40 Years of Service

When Dianne Guffey came to Bucknell 40 years ago, she was no stranger to campus.  Her father worked briefly as a custodian, and her grandfather was once the head of security.  Dianne joined the Bucknell staff as a mainframe systems operator; and when the mainframe was decommissioned, she transitioned to systems operator and then systems specialist.  Currently, Dianne is a systems integrator, a role she took on in 2005. Imagine the changes in 40 years!  When Dianne started here, there were typewriters and rotary phones in use.  There was no campus network, no email, and no desktop computers.  Computing involved […]

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July 10th, 2017

Bucknell’s Journey to the Cloud

In the Fall 2016 of The Next Page, Param Bedi, Bucknell’s Vice President for Library and Information Technology, discussed our enterprise information systems transformation. We are moving to numerous “best of breed” applications, all of which are Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings running in cloud environments. With so much of our data transitioning to these new systems, we’ve also had to rethink our data and business intelligence platforms. As we began to architect this solution, we asked ourselves if there were any advantages to running these platforms in the cloud as well. We eventually made the decision to build […]

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July 10th, 2017

Interactive, Collaborative Scholarship: Mammal Species of the World

“The dynamic, rapidly changing state of mammalian taxonomy, documented by an enormous literature, long hampered the compilation of a detailed, complete world checklist.” So begins the introduction to the third edition of Mammal Species of the World (MSW), co-edited by Bucknell Professor of Biology DeeAnn Reeder and Don E. Wilson (Smithsonian Institution). The work is the foremost international reference for identifying and verifying recognized names and taxonomies of some 5,400 mammals. The print publication is widely used by biologists and students throughout the world. The MSW also exists in digital format: Bucknell has hosted a searchable online version of the […]

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July 10th, 2017

Introducing Computer Programming to Non-Majors

Computer science educators have a problem – too many students drop out of introductory courses or choose not to continue studying computer science after the first course. The reasons for dropping out are many: some students don’t realize how much work a programming course will take, others may fail to fit in with their peer learning group, or they may not be interested by the problems posed in the course. In the summer of 2016, Darakhshan Mir, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, obtained a course redesign grant to develop a new class to introduce computer programming to non-majors. She worked […]

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July 10th, 2017

Fostering Creativity: Assignments that Make Students Think Beyond the Research Paper

“What character would you like to add to the cast of PBS’s television drama, Downton Abbey?” Visiting Assistant Professor Erica Delsandro ‘02, M’05 (Women’s and Gender Studies) posed this question to students in her Fall 2016 course, “The Literature of Downton Abbey,” and challenged them to create a realistic and relevant character whose background and plotline fit within the parameters of the popular TV series. Delsandro developed the assignment with the goal of cultivating in her students what she termed “historical empathy: the marriage of an analytical and emotional understanding of a historically-contingent person, event, or position.” Through the use […]

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June 29th, 2017

The Bucknell Professional Network presents: “The New Age of Cyber Security”

We’re happy to present (with thanks to the Bucknell Professional network and our own Jesse Greenawalt) a recap of a Bucknell Professional Network program called “The New Age of Cyber Security” that took place on June 22, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts for Bucknell alumni. The featured speaker was Bucknell University’s Chief Information Security Officer, Chris Bernard. Chris provided an expert-level view of the current state of IT threats on the horizon in 2017 and beyond. Participants were able to learn about the current state of phishing, spear-phishing, whaling, ransomware and how to protect their information and identification online. For more […]

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June 28th, 2017

Times of London Archive Expanded!

Great news: The Bertrand Library now has access to the Times of London archive up to 2011. This means that we now have access to back issues of the Times from 1785 – 2011! Bucknell users may access The Times from the News Sources Research by Subject page, or directly at: http://ezproxy.bucknell.edu/login?url=http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/bucknell_it?db=TTDA

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May 23rd, 2017

Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference Call for Proposals 2017

Digital Scholarship

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its fourth annual digital scholarship conference (#BUDSC17). The theme of the conference is “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship.” What can different disciplines learn from each other when it comes to adopting or using digital tools? What is the role of innovation in digital scholarship?  Who is being innovative? How is digital scholarship rewarded in, or beyond, academia? How can we foster communication across intellectual disciplines and administrative units? How is digital scholarship made?  Who produces it?  Who is excluded and who is included? Where […]

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