Archive for the ‘Access’ Category
Second Life Grand Opening and Exhibit
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (CDT)
Link to teleport to the Alamo at UT Arlington: http://bit.ly/alamoexhibitatuta.
The Grand Opening celebration will include a live vocal performance from 5:00-6:00 pm by Jean Munro http://www.myspace.com/jeanmunrosl
Photos from the UT Arlington Library events are posted regularly to the Click! pages at the Star-Telegram. They typically appear in the Arlington Star-Telegram in print, but online they are visible to anyone anywhere.
If you wish to download a photo, open the link for the photo(s) you’re interested in, then right click your mouse and “save as” to your prefered file. This will be the full size photo that I sent to the paper and can be used for making a photo print at any camera store, etc.
These photos have been submitted under the Star-Telegram’s guidelines, and are theirs to use. In addition to downloading for free, they offer a way to email the link, and provide the html code for embedding any of these images in your web site. Finally, they offer a service to sell prints of these photos.
Though there is a link to purchase photos (on a yellow button) under each photo, that method doesn’t work. To find photos to purchase, go to the Star-Telegram front page and scroll to the footer where there is a line for Photo Galleries. You’ll see a link for “Photo Store,” and these photos are arranged by the day they ran in the paper (not the date of the event).
The last set of Friends of the Library photos were published in the Arlington paper on January 14, so view the thumbnails to find which photos they offer for sale. Not all of ours from the Click! page are sold, so check both places, and print your own if it isn’t sold by the paper. (The photo above I linked to from the Click! page doesn’t appear to be for sale–possibly because it was cropped to remove a lot of uninteresting wall in the photo. The digital file may be smaller than they can use for all of the sizes they offer).
Finally, if there are any of these photos that you would like a full-size digital copy of, cropped or uncropped, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send it to you electroncially.
NOTE: The Star-Telegram changed the software they use for displaying “Click!” photos and the old ones are no longer searchable. The new ones are pretty hard to find – this photographer hopes they settle on a better system one day soon. – Dec. 1, 2013
The latest Library-News has hit the stands! Included is information about this summer’s construction work in the Central Library third floor and the latest exhibit hosted in Special Collections.
If you are one of the few UTA users of the modem bank that once so ably served much of the campus community, here is a heads-up. This technology is obsolete and is being discontinued as of May 31. Broadband, wireless, and other dialup services (does AOL still offer it?) fullfill the connectivity needs for most users, and usage has shrunk so much that the system is being retired.
The University of Texas at Arlington Library is pleased to announce the establishment of the University of Texas at Arlington ResearchCommons, a repository to house electronic versions of important university research, primarily (but not exclusively) in the sciences. This will include papers, books, images, recordings, and other data. This ResearchCommons is easily available to all university users and the public.
A commons is an Old World term referring to a space that is publically owned and available for use by all for the public good. In these days of heightened copyright awareness and expensive access to scholarly publications, it was important to the Library and to other university departments and administrators that the work of our talented faculty and student body be retained locally and available for use by the community as well as the campus.
If you have visited campus to listen to a Focus on Faculty lecture about nano-engineering, astrophysics, pain control research, the mechanics of race car engines, particle colliders, linguistic research, the lives of scientists and mathematicians, the smart hospital on campus, AIDS research, or many other topies, or have met one of dozens of academic authors who are tops in their fields, you may be interested to read about their work as well.
UT Arlington is one of 18 Texas universities that have established stable and secure digital environments in which scholars may deposit their completed work. Early UT Arlington adopters to establish communities in the ResearchCommons include the Department of Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages), Psychology, Mathematics, Architecture, and the Library.
Curious to see what’s in there? Visit https://dspace.uta.edu/ and take it for a spin. Kick the tires, open a few doors and take a look around. It’s yours to read and use and enjoy.
There are several new short videos put together by UT Arlington librarians addressing topical library issues.
You can also find the library on Facebook.
Tuesday’s Library fair, the World of LibraryCraft, was designed to give incoming students a look at many of the services and opportunities available in the library. Read the writeup in today’s Shorthorn:
Lawrence Lessig, a professor of law at Harvard, previously at Stanford, was on the UTA campus as the keynote speaker at the Technology Fair a couple of years ago. In that talk he addressed the problem with sampling music and fair use. In a July 31, 2009, talk called The Google Book Search Settlement: Static Good, Dynamic Bad? at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, he discussed the difficulty of crafting reasonable laws regarding copyright in our “obsessive permission culture” in the context of books and such things as the process that Google Books is implementing to scan a proposed 18 million books. The way to sort out the problem of permissions on various, including “orphan” books, is to craft new laws to address the copyright issue, he says.
Lessig has been making noise to call federal legislators to account in a number of ways on a number of issues. He is active with the Change Congress group that is working one representative at a time to hold their feet to the fire regarding their acceptance of special interest contributions before they vote down the legislation adverse to those same donors. http://change-congress.org/ But his talk in July didn’t promote a particular platform for addressing politicians, instead, he lucidly outlined the problems caused by politicians, of something he called the Ecology of Access, and the problem of oligopolies (an oligopoly is a market or industry that is dominated by a small number of sellers) with untoward influence on congressional politicians.
I transcribed a little of his recorded talk. Here is Lessig’s take on The Democracy Crisis:
The frustration that I have when I listen to this rally is that we’ve got to figure out all of these answers . . . that each area of public policy is filled with people oblivious to the fact that the reason why they are failing is the same reason why everyone else who’s trying to change public policy is failing.
We live in this kind of Post Obama hangover, I suggest, where I think 9 months ago we thought the world was going to be remade. As we look at health care which is totally stalled, cap and trade which is totally gutted, financial reform that hasn’t begun to be implemented, all of this which has failed so far, we need to recognize that there is a core reason for these failures. It’s a reason that we have to confront, this bankrupt or I’d say corrupt institution (Congress), not in an old sense that people are taking bribes, but an institution that can’t help but respond to interests who because of their financial might will always be more powerful than the right answer to the problem. Until we solve that problem I don’t know what the solution would look like. Until we change this, we won’t begin to solve the problems we talk about here or any number of other fundamental problems that are sinking this democracy.
Find the entire talk here: http://blip.tv/file/2471815