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IT Orientation session Oct. 20: Library Technology

At this week’s IT Orientation session, learn more about library technology at K-State. The one-hour session will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in 401B Hale Library and is open to all K-State faculty/staff and students but requires pre-registration.

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Faculty and grad students: Tell K-State Libraries what you want to learn

K-State Libraries is planning a Library Day for faculty and graduate students in late summer.  During Library Day, we’ll offer classes about:

So that Library Day is as useful to you as possible, please take a couple of minutes and answer this brief survey. Tell us what resources you want to learn more about, suggest others, and indicate what dates and times will work best for you.

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ARTstor database unveiled, accessible to all K-Staters


If a picture paints a thousand words, then ARTstor has your next 10 years of lectures and research papers covered. ARTstor is a database of digital images: photographs, paintings, architecture, murals, textiles, jewelry, maps, sculpture . . . you know, art and artifacts. Since art reflects the breadth and depth of the human experience, ARTstor’s content spans the globe, from ancient times to contemporary life, incorporating cultural objects that reveal “art” in its broadest definition.

You can take advantage of ARTstor’s many high-resolution images and zoom in so close that, if you were in a museum, your nose would be pressed against the object and a guard would escort you from the premises. Thanks to the zoom tool, you can see not only the placement of individual beads, but also the netting onto which they are sewn in this image of a Christian Dior gown (please note, links in this article to images in ARTstor will only work for K-Staters). Some of the images of paintings allow you to get close enough to see individual brush strokes.

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Inauguration day activities and online coverage

There are two opportunities to watch the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on Inauguration Day, Tuesday, Jan. 20.

K-State Libraries offers international coverage of the inauguration.  Ongoing inauguration coverage will be available 9 a.m.-4 p.m.in the Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center, on the third floor of Hale Library. Coverage will rotate among the eight international networks offered by K-State’s cable television service: ART, the Arabic network; BBC America; CCTV-4 of China; TV5 of France; TV Asia; TV Japan; TVK of Korea; and Univision, the Spanish-language network. Coverage of the actual inauguration ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. and will be from BBC America. American news coverage will broadcast in the east end of the second floor of Hale Library.

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Computerized collaborative workstations available at Hale Library: a Q&A with Ernie Perez

Ernie Perez, Instructional Technology Manager in iTAC, recently answered some questions about the new collaborative workstations in Hale Library.  His office builds and maintains all centrally funded technology classrooms and university computer labs.

Q: What’s the purpose of the Hale Library collaborative workstations?

Perez: These units are designed for group work so students won’t have to crowd around one of the computer pods in Hale Library. They are mobile, so they can go where the group goes.

Q: How many units are there in the library? What components comprise a computerized collaborative workstation?

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