“A Bunch of Stuff You Can Do With Google”

The Google Tips page is described by Google as:

A bunch of stuff you can do with Google.

How it works

Find a card you like and “flip” it over to learn more. You can share your favorites with friends and even suggest tips for us to add. We’ll keep adding new cards, so come back often to check out what’s new.

 Other Search Options

Learning more advanced Google features is helpful for finding information–and with other Google platforms–storing your own information.

Keep in mind, there are some other interesting search options out there:

DuckDuckGo - Focused on privacy along with a number of growing features to make searching more intuitive

MillionShort - Filters out up to the first million search engine results to get deeper into the results

Unbiasly – Uses crowdsourcing as a way to find less biased sources

 

Simulating the Sensory Experience of Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), also known as Autism, is a neurodevelopment disorder causing altered social interactions, “communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in every 68 children born in the United States are diagnosed with Autism, with symptoms arising during the ages of 2 and 3, affecting over 2 million individuals in the United States alone.

In a previously published article, Dr. Paul Wang speaks about his push for Autism recognition of the issues those with and the families of those with Autism encounter on a daily basis.  In the midst of bringing further attention to Autism, Dr. Wang developed 5 simulations to demonstrate the sensory overloads and challenges those with Autism experience with daily duties. Mashable  posted the YouTube videos where you can experience five Simulations of Sensory Overload

Simulators have a long-standing reputation of being an effective tool for teaching; but to learn the human experience through simulation could be an emerging technology for information science.  Libraries could one day they store and share experiences through simulations similarly to the way we share experiences through writing.

View resources about Autism at Rebecca Crown library

Resource:

http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

 

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Oral History and Privacy

Between 2001-2006 Boston College embarked on an Oral History program to document Northern Irish immigrants’ history during the Troubling Times.  They called it the Belfast Project and interviewed close to 50 people who were part of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) or another paramilitary group called Ulster Volunteer Force.  There are many open crimes in Northern Ireland during the Troubling Times and the United Kingdom has a treaty with the United States where the U.S. is required to give any evidence it may have to open, violent crimes.

One of these open violent crimes was the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972.  The IRA accepted responsibility for the murder, but no one was ever arrested.  After hearing that Boston College might have some information in their Belfast Project, the British Authorities urged the Justice Department to obtain this evidence.  Boston College refused, went to court, and lost just last week.  The university gave up seven interviews to the Justice Department, who passed it along to British authorities.  Last week, the authorities arrested a prominent Irish politician for Jean McConville’s murder.

Central to Boston College’s case is the understanding that these interviews were to remain as oral history.  It was a preservation interview, not an interrogation.  The project leaders have been accused of being biased against the politician’s political party, and hostile to the interviewees.  The project leaders have severed all relationships with the college, believing that Boston College should have fought harder for this information to stay private.  Wednesday, Boston College announced that it would return these interviews, if the subjects wanted them back.

How private is oral history?  There are no laws that hold an interview between an academic and an interviewee as private.  In this case, the people interviewed expected a level of privacy.  The project leaders certainly thought that the college would have done a better job to protect these interviews.  As Northern Ireland looks to close a turbulent chapter in their history, academics across the world will have to evaluate how explosive some of these interviews could potentially be.

 

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Chicago Public Library to receive national medal from first lady

Congratulations to the Chicago Public Library.  The Chicago Tribune announced today that the Chicago Public Library will receive a major national medal from first lady.

The following is taken directly from the Chicago Tribune:

First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to present the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to 10 institutions, including the Chicago Public Library, at a White House ceremony on Thursday.

In an announcement today, the White House described the award as “the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.”

“These 10 honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a natural history museum, a children’s museum, a natural sciences museum, an aquarium, a botanic garden, public library systems, and a book center, hailing from 10 states,” the White House said.

Past winners from Illinois have included the Waukegan Public Library, Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Pritzker Military Library in Chicago, Skokie Public Library, the Newberry Library in Chicago, Chicago Zoological Society in Brookfield, John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, the Field Museum in Chicago and the National Museum of Mexican Art (a Chicago museum known as the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum at the time of its 1995 honor).

Joining the Chicago Public Library on the 2014 list are:

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Mo.
  • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn.
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, N.M.
  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, Okla.
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass.

Read the story at: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-06/news/chi-chicago-public-library-to-receive-national-medal-from-first-lady-20140506_1_chicago-public-library-field-museum-natural-history

Andy Warhol Just Gave Us the Best Throwback Thursday – Esquire

Originally posted on H.G. Fields:

Andy Warhol Just Gave Us the Best Throwback Thursday – Esquire.

What a great find, this! Andy Warhol’s digital work found on lost floppy disks!

Notice his transcribed Birth of Venus and digital rendition of his own Campbell’s SoupCan.

There’s some video footage there of him working on ye olde stone age computer, Commodore.

View original

World Book Night

World Book Night

By: Rebecca Komperda and Katelyn Morrison

Today, April 23, 2014 is World Book Day which is marked as a “celebration of literacy by publishers, bookstores, libraries and individuals who love books and reading” all around the world.  On this day, Shakespeare’s birthday, those who registered with the non-profit group as “book givers” distribute 20 copies of a previously read and loved book, from a pre-approved list of 30 select book titles, to absolute strangers.  The importance behind this celebration is to encourage and advocate for the vitality of literacy worldwide.  2014’s list is compiled by booksellers, librarians, and readers who want to share their love of reading.

Through this event a “nationwide  advocacy and distribution network” is established between libraries and bookstores. On this day the American Library Association (ALA) to help “spread the love of reading from person to person”. Why read?  Studies continuously show that people who read for pleasure have better vocabularies, are better able to interact socially, and books can even improve your mental health and happiness.  People all over the world sign up to be volunteers to pass out books to people in participating libraries and book stores.  You might even get a free book at Rebecca Crown this day!

Further Information on World Book Night. 

Happy Earth Day

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Planet Earth image from Wikipedia.

Today is Earth Day and there are a number of things going on around campus:

1:00 p.m. – Free Yoga in the Quad

Bring your mats, blankets or towels for a mid day yoga session outdoors hearing the birds chirping and feeling the breeze on your face as you stretch your body and mediate for some personal wellness.

6:30 p.m. – The New Moo in the Founder’s Court

Enjoy free cookies and celebration on Earth Day with Eco Club who will have information on hand regarding GMO foods and how it affects our environment and our bodies. Nutrition Club will be hosting an alternative milk tasting. Try some of those new milks you have been hearing about, such as almond, coconut, rice, hemp, and the old standard soy. If it is raining, the alternative location is the Parmer Silveri Atrium.

7:00 p.m. – Film Screening of Food Patriots

Join us in watching this moving and inspiring documentary about food and how food can better our bodies and our planet when we grow it/purchase it with Sustainable and Social Justice awareness.

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