Happy Friday!

This week I’ve been wrapping up EAR’s final recommendations for using our $5M budget for “core” electronic content.  Big changes we’re recommending this year include system-wide licenses for Academic Search Premier/Business Source Premier (we added this at Cal Poly through Student Success Fees, so this money will now be freed up for other resources); and an ebook subscription to over 70,000 academic books in all disciplines from Proquest/Ebrary: Academic Complete.   Look for more information on this soon.

I’m excited by the powerful presentations several of us heard earlier this week from graduates of the new IS 1-year workshop for newer supervisors, led by Dr. Pat Hosegood Martin. Both teams were asked to develop a proposal to address a campus need.  And both projects they chose were amazing.  One team, which included Jeanine and Peter, made a compelling case that Cal Poly should develop a new interactive campus map based on GIS technology, to replace the current Flash-based map. Take a look at UC Santa Barbara’s for an idea of how information layers could be integrated in a GIS map:  http://map.geog.ucsb.edu/     The other team made an amazing presentation about how and why Cal Poly could offer on-campus charging stations for electric vehicles (EV’s).  Most CSU campuses do this now, or have plans in place to do so.  Great idea!  Both teams’ presentation materials will be shared with all IS.  We expect the program to  continue next year for other newer IS supervisors.

I’ve been thinking about simple tools for capturing presentations and collaborating.  At this week’s instructional showcase, a team of three Cal Poly faculty shared the product they’ve developed – “ValuePulse” (valuepulse.com)  Using RSS feeds, it stimulates and structures conversations about current events and news. Could the library help identify other RSS feeds for faculty to use in classes?  And this week Patrick O’Sullivan told me about ProfCast (profcast.com, first 15 days free). Now that I’ve hacked it (took me about an hour) I think it’s pretty cool – you can drag and drop a PPT file into the application, record your narrative to accompany your slides, and then save the whole thing as a .mov video file.  Looks like this is what we’ll be using to share our preview/presentations with LITAC – and you may find it helpful too.  Maybe we should buy some seats for the library?

Have a great weekend,