“In an age of information overload….much research is scarcely, if ever, downloaded or read, much less applied or cited.” This brings up a good question: whose job is it to bring attention to research? Researchers? Press offices? Research offices? the library? Several of us joined a webinar this week about how libraries help faculty (and graduate students) enhance their online reputations and research impact. The famously innovative NCSU library crew did a nice job presenting their “Summer of Open Science” workshop series. “SOS” is a series of workshops and meetups that help researchers use open digital tools (using Python to find and summarize research articles on the web, using Twitter to build a reputation, or building a personal website optimized for search engines).
On October 14, in partnership with the department of journalism, we’ll be celebrating 100 years of student journalism with a special exhibit and Innovation Showcase. Each of our library exhibits is the work of many, many hands and many months of research, networking, design, and building – so we are lucky to have talented students working on this through the summer. Meanwhile we’re just beginning to put together another exhibit concept for 2016-17: we’re in discussions now about the possibility of hosting work created by artists at a central coast correctional institution. Professor Unique Shaw-Smith, who joined Cal Poly just a year ago, is the faculty scholar who would anchor the proposed spring exhibit: she does incredible research on the effects of incarceration on families, and is one of two Cal Poly faculty co-teaching Cal Poly students and county jail inmates.
It’s been a good summer for virtual reality: Oklahoma State University library was featured in Library Journal this week. The OVAL – Oklahoma Virtual Academic Laboratory – offers experiences in interactive coursework from biochemistry to interior design – and they spec a basic VR station at as little as $1500. Meanwhile in the ‘real world’ Reuters has teamed with Samsung to create Focus 360 (360-degree video and photography news content), the Democratic National Convention streamed in 360-degree video, and Facebook has rolled out 360-degree photos. What will the role of virtual reality be in libraries? in education? in journalism? entertainment? Want to give it a try? Cal Poly student journalists are already there – and so is the Innovation Sandbox.
Have a great weekend,