Where technology meets the liberal arts

Met Opera on Demand

April 7th, 2014 | Posted by pauljn in Library News - (Comments Off)

Met Opera on Demand: Student Access

With our subscription to the new Met Opera on Demand, you can experience hundreds of phenomenal performances from the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera anytime! In addition to more than 60 performances from the award-winning Live in HD series, you can also access an archive of over 350 video and audio performances, as well as program notes, interviews with the artists, features articles, and more. New content is added every month!

(Rachel Weiss, Music Librarian)

Pop Culture in Britain & America

March 24th, 2014 | Posted by pauljn in Library News - (Comments Off)


Fats Domino, the Beatles, UC Berkeley student protests, US combat troops in Vietnam, Civil Rights marches, Sex Pistols, Fawlty Towers! Find all this and more in one of the library’s new primary source databases, Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975.  Search by document type and/or keyword, or browse the chronology or the videography. Looking for other primary sources? Check out our research guide.

(Kris MacPherson, Reference & Instruction Librarian)

Warhol Prints Now on Display in Rolvaag Library

February 26th, 2014 | Posted by pauljn in Campus Events | Library News - (Comments Off)

Famed Pop artist Andy Warhol is notorious for borrowing the faces of Hollywood actors, musicians, criminals, and politicians for his artwork. In the Endangered Species series, Warhol presents animals at risk of extinction with the same hard outlines, flat areas of color, and punchy hues as his celebrities. Warhol likened the saturated portraits of these animals to images of “animals in makeup.”

A gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, two of the screen prints are now on display in the gallery space of Rolvaag Library (on the main floor, just beyond the circulation desk). Stop by and have a look!


Want to learn more about the prints? Drop by the Piper Center between 11:30–12:40 on Thursday, February 27, to learn about the Endangered Species series, and hear how the prints will enhance teaching and learning at St. Olaf. Brief remarks and yummy snacks provided.

Librarian Trading Cards: Collect Them All!

February 24th, 2014 | Posted by pauljn in Library News - (Comments Off)

St. Olaf research and instruction librarians now have trading cards that you can collect. The cards spoof TV shows such as Parks and Recreation, Orange Is the New Black, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Breaking Bad. We injected a lot of humor into them so that library users would get a laugh and would have fun collecting them. You can pick up all six of them in Rolvaag just as you enter the doorway towards the research help desk. Many thanks to Patty Cohn for her brilliant work in creating them.

(By Ken Johnson, Research & Instruction Librarian)

First Round of DHH Stipends Announced

February 17th, 2014 | Posted by pauljn in Digital Humanities - (Comments Off)
The DHH Advisory Board is thrilled to announce that three faculty members have been awarded stipends from the first round of the Digital Humanities on the Hill grant, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to develop summer projects in the digital humanities:

Funding for DHH  and other CURI-sponsored digital humanities projects is pending the selection and acceptance of CURI positions by students.

(By Kasia Gonnerman, Head of Research/Instruction, Library)

DHH Project Incubators, Feb. 13 & 14

February 12th, 2014 | Posted by pauljn in IT Workshops | Library News | Research Tools | Technology Tools - (Comments Off)

Announcing Round 2 of the Project Incubators for Digital Humanities on the Hill, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Thursday, February 13 & Friday, February 14
3:00-5:00 pm, 142 Buntrock Commons
(both days)

Organized by a team from IT and the Library, the DHH Project Incubator is an opportunity to learn how to create and manage your digital humanities project in a casual and collegial setting. The Incubator provides time and expertise to help you learn about the digital tools necessary for implementing successful projects in the digital humanities as well as the resources available to you.  It also includes opportunities for small-group brain-storming and individual consultation about proposed projects.

The Program

3:00 Introductions and brief description of proposal projects
3:30 What is DHH? DHH Summer Grant Guidelines
3:45 Overview of the DHH website & summary of IT/Library resources and services
4:00 Project consultations with members of the DH Team
5:00 Adjourn

(By Jason Paul, Research/Instruction & Emerging Technologies Librarian)

Register for Spring Learning Communities

February 11th, 2014 | Posted by aarsvoln in Campus Events | IT Workshops | Technology Tools - (Comments Off)

You are invited to participate in the Spring 2014 Learning Communities sponsored by CILA, IT, and the Libraries. This spring, the topic is “Tools & Techniques for Online Learning,” and the five sessions will be a dynamic mix of discussion, exploration of tools and techniques for online learning, and hands-on practice with these technologies.

Schedule of Topics:

  1. Online Video Interaction: Vidyo, Google Hangouts, & Skype
  2. Screencasts for the Flipped Classroom & Video Assignments
  3. Active Learning with Clickers and Polling
  4. Collaborative Writing & Online Text Interaction: Piazza & Moodle Forums, WordPress Blogs, & Google Docs
  5. Online Quizzes & Digital Rubrics

These learning communities are part of an ongoing project with Carleton College, providing an emphasis on collaborative learning, both with the St. Olaf groups and with the parallel community at Carleton

Dates and Locations:

We have set up two groups for this learning community, the first meeting on five Thursdays from 12:50-1:45 p.m. and the second on five Fridays from 11:50-12:45 p.m.

  • Thursdays, 12:50-1:45 p.m.: Feb. 20, March 6 & 13, April 10, May 8
  • Fridays, 11:50-12:45 p.m.: Feb. 21, March 7 & 14, April 11, May 9

Other Features:

  • Loan of an iPad with the St. Olaf set of apps for fall semester
  • 10-15 faculty per session
  • Staffed by CILA, IT, the Libraries, and student assistants
  • Follow-up CILA lunches and student help during 2013-14 academic year
  • Joint events with faculty and staff from the Carleton College learning community

Please join us for a semester of sharing what you know and exploring new possibilities for innovation in teaching and research! If you would like to sign up for the Digital Scholarship Learning Community, please fill out the form below.

For more information see the Learning Community website.

IT/Library Faculty Orientation

February 4th, 2014 | Posted by aarsvoln in IT Workshops | Research Tools | Technology Tools - (Comments Off)

Today, the Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts is sponsoring a mid-year orientation for the new faculty at St. Olaf . The participants will get to meet a variety of other faculty and staff and attend sessions on teaching practices at St. Olaf, library and IT instructional resources, and employment and benefits.


  • Teaching a Course at St. Olaf – Helpful things to know
    8:30-10:15, Buntrock 142 (2nd floor of Buntrock Commons, along hallway to the Library)
    Gary Muir, Director of the Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts (CILA)
  • Overview of Library and IT Instructional Resources and Services
    10:30-12:00, Rolvaag 250 (computer classroom at bottom of stairs by Library entrance)
    Kasia Gonnerman, Head of Research and Instruction
    Nancy Aarsvold, Assistant Director of Instructional Technology
    Ben Gottfried, Multimedia Instructional Technologist
    Jason Menard, GIS Instructional Technologist
    Phinehas Bynum, Helpdesk Manager
  • Lunch and conversation with current faculty
    12:15-1:30, Heritage Room (2nd floor of Buntrock Commons, looking over the north parking lot)
    Mary Carlsen, Social Work and Family Studies
    Carlo Veltri, Psychology
  • Overview of Employment and Benefits
    1:30-2:30, Buntrock 142
    Roger Loftus, Director of Human Resources, and HR staff
  • IT Open Lab - Assistance with Moodle and Other Teaching Technologies
    2:00-5:00, Rolvaag 250

Flipping the Library Instruction Session

January 17th, 2014 | Posted by aarsvoln in Library News | Research Tools | Technology Tools - (Comments Off)

Reference/instruction librarians have recently adopted elements of the flipped classroom model to enhance our traditional research instruction sessions. Faced with varying levels of research literacy among students and a growing portfolio of resources to cover in a single session, we now supplement in-class instruction sessions with screencast tutorials that explain core research skills, such as creating a search statement and searching the library catalog. Typically, students are asked to watch the videos prior to the in-class session and to complete brief exercises relevant to their research assignment. We plan to expand this program, and would love your input or comments!

Here’s an example of a tutorial on creating search statements.

(By Kasia Gonnerman, Head of Reference/Instruction)

New Gmail Feature: Saving Attachments in Google Drive

December 2nd, 2013 | Posted by aarsvoln in Google | Technology Tools - (Comments Off)

google-drive2Google has just announced that they are rolling out a feature that will allow you to view Gmail and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail.  The next time you open an email with attachments, you will see new previews of the files at the bottom of the e-mail.  When you click on one of those previews, a full-screen view of the image or document will appear.  You can now also save your attachments directly to Drive simply by clicking the Drive button that appears when you hover over the preview.

(By Steve Rholl, Academic Technologist)