Fr. Leonard Alvey Library

News for the week of November 12

Information we hope will be helpful!

Gadgets for all!

10 geeky gadgets librarians will love
Ellyssa Kroski writes: “Last week’s post on 10 geeky office supplies for librarians was so popular, I decided to follow it up with these awesome and very geeky gadgets that are on my wish list. How about this Aroma USB? Keep your office smelling fresh with this USB-operated, cold-mist, ultrasonic fragrance dispenser. It will work with nearly any fragrance oil available on the market. I can definitely think of a few times this would have been very useful, especially on rainy days when everyone orders lunch in.”...
iLibrarian, Oct. 23, Nov. 3

Tech tools you might be interested in using!

Tech tools for LIS students
Paul Lai writes: “My MLIS program has a strong commitment to encourage students to use various online and computer-based presentation and communication tools in class projects. I’ve been fortunate to hear about many free online programs to use for various reasons. I’d like to share them and encourage others to post in the comments about other cool tools they’ve used or heard about.”...
Hack Library School, Sept. 27

Impact of technology on students' attention spans

How teens do research in the digital world
The teachers who instruct the most advanced American secondary school students render mixed verdicts about students’ research habits and the impact of technology on their studies. Some 77% of advanced placement and National Writing Project teachers surveyed say that the internet and digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on their students’ research work. But 87% say these technologies are creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans” and 64% say today’s digital technologies “do more to distract students than to help them academically.”...
Pew Internet and American Life Project, Nov. 1