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Downloading Killer Tracks production music—set up your individual account and password

Posted by Carter on February 20, 2012

Using production music in your project and don’t have a Killer Tracks account and password yet?  You will need to set up an individual account and password with Killer Tracks to be able to download the music tracks.  Don’t worry, there’s no cost to you. That’s already covered by Kimbrough Library.

Set up your account and password now while you have plenty of time.  It can take 24 hours on a weekday for Killer Tracks to confirm your account and they do not process password requests on weekends.

To set up your individual account and request a password:

1.  Go to the Library’s website where we list our music and sound effects databases on the “Find Sounds” page: www.lib.ringling.edu/sounds

2.  Click on Killer Tracks, accept the terms of use, and login to the proxy server using your Ringling ID and password.

3.  Follow the instructions on the subsequent page.  Remember to use your Ringling email address, as well as the Client Account # 15227.

Call Kimbrough Library at 359-7587 if you need assistance.

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Cintiq Stations Available in the Library

Posted by Carter on February 11, 2012

The library has two Cintiq stations available.  These computers are closest to our front doors.  Didn’t bring your Wacom pen with you?  That’s ok, just ask at the front desk if you’d like to borrow one to use with      the Cintiq. There are no time limits on these machines.  We still have four quick print & scan stations, as well as one quick print stations.

 

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Free eBooks? Where?

Posted by artlikeart on March 9, 2011

Oh, have I stumbled on some good stuff for people who like to read! And it’s free!

You probably already knew about Project Gutenberg which is a free e-book and audio book website listed on our library’s Find Books page. You might even know about Project Gutenberg’s partner site, LibriVox, a site of free public domain audio books. Want to read Sun Tzu’s Art of War and listen to it at the same time? Now you can! For free! Have you ever read Voltaire’s Candide? No? You should sometime-it’s hilarious. And free! Have a craving to hear a *dramatic* reading of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Or even a craving to read it, abridged or unabridged. This, too, can be done-for free!

Another e-book site that I’ve found recently is Feedbooks. Not everything is for free on this site but they do have a nice amount of public domain free books. You can find free copies of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and other books worth looking at.

I’ve also discovered yet another e-book site which also has the potential to be really cool. Manybooks is another affiliate of Project Gutenberg claiming to have more than 29,000 titles. All of these are free for download to your laptop, iPad, Kindle, Android, iPhone, Blackberry, or other portable eReader devices.

The reason many books are available for free through sites like Project Gutenberg or Manybooks is because they are public domain materials, whose copyright protection expired long ago. But not all books on Manybooks are in the public domain. Some are newer, recently published books. How can that be, you ask?

So, here’s the neat thing about Manybooks… they take e-book submissions! There are some guidelines, of course. First, your book has to be available for free. Then you must either hold the copyright to the work or else the content must be in the public domain. Manybooks favors work licensed through the Creative Commons. And don’t we love Creative Commons? Yes we do!

So, if you’ve slaved away at that sci-fi novella in your dorm room in the wee hours, maybe you have a shot at publishing it. Give it away for free and build that fan base! Christopher Paolini started writing Eragon when he was 15. He self-published that first book. Look at what happened to that lucky boy!

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Book Review: Distracted

Posted by annfinn on February 21, 2011

Book Review

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Distracted :  the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age by Maggie Jackson.   Prometheus Books, c2009.  327 p. 

Reviewed by Ann Finn

 So, you’re watching TV while you’re texting, when you notice you’ve got mail—email, that is.  Right then your roommate begins the daily harangue…  Feeling a little distracted?  Having trouble coping?  Wonder what all this back & forth is doing to your brain?

OR

Do you revel in the extremes: latest gadgets, newest video & audio, multi-tasking to the furthest extent allowed by law?  Do you pride yourself on how much you can absorb & manage simultaneously?

Either way, your future is already here, and the impact of current technologies on humanity is a hot topic.  Among the philosophers parsing the research statistics and offering warnings is Maggie Jackson, with her dystopian tome, Distracted.

Jackson anticipates a society in which deep thinking is utterly replaced by a kind of surface skimming for information—when no one has the time, interest, or ability to direct his/her attention to thorough mastery of any philosophy or discipline.  Humanity’s past would be seen as irrelevant, and it would be as unknown as it was during the Dark Age.  In fact, Ms. Jackson’s book posits the coming of a new dark age: a time of forgetting.

According to Ms. Jackson, knowledge workers lose 2.1 hours every day due to distractions—many of them self-caused.  Almost everyone multi-tasks—and almost all of those workers think they handle it well & are good at it.  However, science has recently proven that only one thing can be done well at a time.  The human brain (like the computer) works serially—doing one thing at a time. Multi-tasking is not only the enemy of deep, concentrated thought, it actually derails the accumulation of long-term memory stores.  And, of course, memory is an important factor in creating human individuality.

We’re losing our collective memory, too.  We’re always on the go & never at rest.  Our pause button doesn’t work.  There’s no time for reflection on the past or considered planning for our collective future.  Global thinking & access to a whole world of information has minimized the local in importance.  We’re so distracted by the world-wide text & information glut pouring over us, that we don’t notice the humanity that’s nearby.  And, we are becoming seriously detached from that very humanity:  Many people move so often, due to global travel for work, that they don’t even try to meet new neighbors.  They feel rootless & think of this as the new norm.

One of Jackson’s main themes is the rise of the virtual as a substitute for the real.  Now, cremation urns commonly represent the recently deceased.  Millions of people have “friends” they have never met and likely never will meet.  Avatars substitute for portraits on Facebook.  And, lots of man/woman hours are spent playing games about virtual worlds.

The over-reliance on machines is also worrisome to Ms. Jackson.    Conversations have devolved to texting & Twitter—even with participants sitting in proximity.  Similarly, a burgeoning field is the development of robots to care for and comfort the sick and dying.  More disconcerting still is that the use of intra-body machinery and implants has blurred the boundary between humans and their tools.  Already, some children see no need for visits to the zoo, preferring instead their plush, electronically-animated animal friends.

So, does Ms. Jackson see any hope for the future in an age overwhelmed by momentary utility, fads, superficiality, information skimming, constant distraction, & a general lack of interest in the depths of humanity found in our fellows?  Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly?) yes!  In the last chapter, she details the latest advances in the study of attention.  Attention science is a young science, but, it is already obvious that it is possible for a person to train his/her brain/mind to increase extraordinarily the amount of focus needed for tasks.  This training can allow the participant, like an athlete, to lose him/herself “in the zone”. 

Do I think a dark age is coming?  Most likely.  Do I think Ms. Jackson proves her thesis?  Not especially.  But, read Distracted and, then, you can decide for yourself.

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New Library Catalog Debuting December 13th

Posted by Carter on December 8, 2010

The Library’s online catalog will soon have a new & improved look. In addition to a streamlined look, it will have all the functions you’re familiar as well as new features.

  • My Search – lets you save your favorite searches and repeat them the next time you log in. It’s great for keeping up with new items about topics you are interested in.
  • My List – you can select titles from your search results and save them in a personalized list inside the library catalog.
  • Edit Search and Filters options – easily refine and filter your search results without going back to previous search pages.

We think you will like the convenience and appearance of the new interface. It will be in place starting Monday, December 13.

Library staff are able to assist with this transition.  Please contact us with any questions or feedback at 359-7587.

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Troubleshooting Java Plugins for Credo Reference

Posted by Carter on October 5, 2010

One of our digital resources, Credo Reference, has a really amazing feature called the Concept Map.

Some students have noticed a problem opening up articles when using the concept map, so we thought we’d point you toward some help.  The notebooks issued in the 2010-11 academic year may not have the Java Plugin needed to display articles using the concept map feature.  Here’s what the Credo Reference blog says we can do to fix this:

The concept map needs Java 1.4.19 or newer to work. That is the only requirement. For the users that don’t have Java installed this link provides installers for all operating systems: http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp. After installation the browser will need to be restarted. Windows users might need to reboot their computer.

In some cases Java is already installed but it is disabled in the browser. How to enable it is browser-specific but it usually means opening the browser’s Preferences dialog and enabling Java. In Firefox the checkbox to enable Java is in the Preferences window under the ‘Content’ tab. In Safari the option is under the ‘Security’ tab. The option is usually placed besides the option to enable Java Script. It is important to note, though, that ‘Java’ and ‘Java Script’ are two completely different/independent things and enabling one does not enable the other.

If you have questions about the Java plug in, email Credo Reference at support@credoreference.com.  If you have questions about using Credo in general just email the library at research@ringling.edu.

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RSS Feed Under Construction

Posted by Carter on July 21, 2010

We’ve been making some technical changes here at the library, and that means that our New Acquisitions RSS feed is temporarily down.  We are working to resolve this problem so that we can restore this service to you.

Thanks for bearing with us!!

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Ze Frank is on Lynda.com

Posted by Carter on April 13, 2010

Ze Frank, Creativity Expert, Is on Lynda.com

Students at Ringling can watch this interview with innovative performance artist Ze Frank. In this video he talks about the creative process, audience participation, and embracing digital media.

This video is part of a larger “Creative Inspirations” series, which you can read about here on the Lynda.com blog.

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Lynda.com

Posted by courtneycox2009 on February 16, 2010

Lydna.com is now available to all Ringling students, staff, and faculty members. Whether you need help with editing photos,creating a website, making animations, or even with iTunes and Twitter, Lynda.com has just about everything. It is an online video tutorial website with over thousands of video that are here to help all of us succeed. Lynda.com will help you solve most problems you may run into while working on any  software.

Here are steps for using Lynda.com:

- Access Lynda.com from the Library’s website by going to find reference info, then clicking on Lynda.com

- Enter your Ringling username and password

- Access the “Learn By:” drop down boxes on Lynda.com to search by subject, software, vendor, or author and find the program you need help with

- Click search

- Your search results come up and then click the video tutorial you want to watch

- Click each segment of the video you’d prefer to watch

Lynda.com is easy to learn and holds thousands of helpful tutorials. Students, faculty, and staff should definitely take advantage of our access to Lynda.com.

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RedLaser App and Libraries

Posted by Carter on January 13, 2010

OK, the librarians are pretty excited about the latest development of the RedLaser app – now you can use your iPhone to look up whether we have a book in our library.  Pretty handy when you’re out shopping and find a book you like – just scan it, email the info to yourself, and check it out from the library for free!

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