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DLXS: Export Portfolio as PowerPoint, Simplified

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Since January DLXS users have had the ability to export a portfolio as a PowerPoint or HTML page over at the Digital Learning and Development Environment (DLDE) — now we’ve made it easier.  Now you don’t even have to leave DLXS or your portfolio page in order to get your images into PowerPoint.  It’s simple, here’s how you’d do it:

  1. Create a portfolio of images.  If you don’t know how you’d accomplish creating a portfolio, watch this video.
  2. With your portfolio created and ready for download, simply choose the format you’d like it to be exported into.

  3. When your portfolio has finished converting to your selected format, you’ll be re-directed to the DLDE to save your export to your desktop.

That was easy.  Leave your PowerPoint as is, or turn it into a Digital Learning Object to use for teaching and learning.  We’ve supplemented tools and resources at the DLDE so you can learn how to add contextual information and student assessment to your PowerPoint, allowing it to be used and re-used by students in a classroom or virtual classroom setting.  Don’t forget, creating a Digital Learning Object also makes for a great student assignment.

DLO to Go: DLDE @ CNI

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

We recently had the chance to present the results of our Digital Learning and Development Environment (DLDE, formerly known as the Sandbox) project at the Coalition for Networked Information‘s (CNI) Spring Membership Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

To download the slides, presentation handout, and a screencast demo for DLO to Go: Fostering Instructional Use of New Media, go to:

http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/libsp/14

New VRC Collection

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

If you’re a WSU student, faculty, or staff, you now have access to Historic Illustrations of Art and Architecture in Luna, a collection of 350 scans taken from various public domain works. These historic illustrations were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and cover a wide range of objects from Europe and the Middle East. Many originally appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation. These engravings, line drawings, and plans for many well-known historic structures reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time.

http://luna.lib.wayne.edu/luna/servlet/wsulswsu~27~27

Sandbox Project White Paper

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Where have we been?  Putting the final touches on our NEH funded Sandbox Project (as it has come to be known): The Digital Learning and Development Environment (DLDE).  The Digital Learning and Development Environment is an exciting new direction for us and our digital image collections.  In short, it is an effort to generate greater use of Virtual Motor City and Digital Dress (and other DLXS collections) in the classroom by creating a tool that will allow users to export images and their metadata to PowerPoint slides for easy creation of learning objects.  The DLDE also features an interactive portion that contains handy resources for creating learning objects, using images in the classroom, and also allows users to share learning objects to be re-used by others.

We’re excited to roll the project out in the winter semester, but until then, you can read our White Paper to learn about what motivated the project, how it was conceived, and some lessons learned along the way.

WSULS Digital Learning and Development Environment White Paper

Visual Resource Collection Workshops

Monday, August 10th, 2009

You’ve heard us mention the Visual Resources Collection on the blog before, but now, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be offering VRC workshops for WSU faculty.

The introduction to the VRC workshop for faculty will be offered on two dates: Wednesday, 19th from 12:30-1:50 pm and Tuesday, August 25th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in Lab A on the first floor of the Undergraduate Library. The workshop will include learning how to create, manage, and copy media groups; Export image files and presentations to PowerPoint; How to use Flickr to supplement presentations; Professors will be provided an extra lesson how to use VRC to aid in teaching and learning.

For more information please call the TRC at (313)-577-1980 and direct all calls to Jon McGlone. To register for the workshops send an e-mail to jwmcglone@wayne.edu indicating which day you would like to attend along with your name, contact information, and department.

Student walk-in workshops are in the works but will be provided at a later date in the fall semester. They will not be required to register for the workshop and location may change from the faculty workshop. Students, keep an eye out for emails and notices on Pipeline and your classroom Blackboard messages from professors on when the student workshops will be available.

For those not able to make the workshops, the Technology Resource Center will be developing instructional videos to provide a step – by – step process on how to interact with the Luna software and make use of the tools available. The videos will not be available until about early – mid fall semester.

Visual Resources Information Page
Visual Resources Collection

An eBook For Everyone

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Beginning July 4th, the fourth iteration of the annual World eBook Fair kicks-off. For one month, the World eBook Fair gives you free, full-text access to over 2 million PDF eBooks–short version: you can download as many eBooks as you want directly to your desktop for free.

For those of you who read on-the-go, some of these titles are compatible with mobile devices.

Major contributors this year include: Project Gutenberg, E-books About Everything, Internet Archive, and World Public Library amongst many others.

Go now, download, and read!

Quick Guide to Digital Collections@WSU

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

With the release of a brand-new library website, we’ve worked hard to create a new face for the Library System’s digital collections.  We’ve added tons of new content, so here is a guide to bring you up to speed:

  • Added pages that highlight both past and current projects, past project pages include project information that might be helpful for those pursuing similar types of projects.
  • Developed a list of web-resources for the library community and those interested in digital projects covering topics like copyright, metadata, imaging, and preservation.  This list will continue to grow and you can keep in touch with it by subscription.
  • We’re working on developing tutorials for our Visual Resources Collection.
  • Obviously, we’ve added a Digital Collections Blog that will serve as a place to get news and updates, tips, and read about interesting items in our digital collections from a number of librarian’s that work with the collections.  Subscribe or bookmark us to stay in touch with what we’re doing and perhaps pick up a thing or two that will help your research.

We welcome feedback and input on what you’d like to see here in the future.  Just send a note to Jon McGlone.

DLXS Upgrade Coming

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

If you’re a regular user of our Digital Collections–like Virtual Motor City–you’ll be happy to learn in the next couple weeks we’ll be upgrading to the most current version of DLXS.  While you wait, here’s a few improvements the DLXS folks have made that you can look forward to:

  • Improved relevancy ranking for searches
  • Bookmarking, commenting, and downloading tools for every record
  • Improved image navigation tools (zooming, panning, image sizes)

DLXS Improvements

About DLXS:

The Digital Library eXtension Service (DLXS) is a digital library system designed to help educational and non-profit institutions mount a variety of types of digital library collections. Since 1996, the University of Michigan Library has worked to serve a growing need for institutions like Michigan to put digital library collections online. more @ http://dlxs.org

WPA Music Manuscripts, 1935-1943

Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Copyists from the Detroit Music Project, taken on 8/4/1938. Photo courtesy Walter P. Reuther Archives

Copyists from the Detroit Music Project, taken on 8/4/1938. Photo courtesy Walter P. Reuther Archives

Interested in graphic design, fonts and typography? Unique Michigan histories? We’ve just added a new collection, WPA Music Manuscripts, a digitization and access project that digitized and cataloged detailed and ornate hand-copied music manuscripts produced by Michigan men and women under the WPA during the Great Depression.  The collection and accompanying resources highlight the people and work that were a part of the Music Copying Project, supported by the Federal Music Project and WPA.  The Federal Music Project employed men and women to copy music for WPA orchestras, bands, and choruses to perform.  The collection is currently housed at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s archives.

WPA Music Manuscripts is a collaboration between WSU Music Department, Art and Art History Department, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Library System.

NEW! Visual Resources@WSU

Monday, March 30th, 2009

We’re happy to add to our digital collections–and make available WSU wide–the new Visual Resources Collection.

This collection is an outgrowth of a project to digitize, catalog and make available portions of the Art and Art History Department’s analog slide library.  These efforts by the Art and Art History department have increased access to the collection along with preserving the slide library in digital format.  Most importantly, the Visual Resources Collection contains over 100,000 images from other resources: licensed images from Scholars Resource and AMICA, Art Images for College Teaching, and faculty slide collections housed in the Art and Art History Department.

But what can you do with these images?  The Visual Resources Collection is powered by the latest web-version of Luna, which provides a host of viewing tools, image management, and presentation tools that allow you to embed images in Blackboard and search for images in Flickr.

The collection is available to all WSU faculty and students.  We’re planning to add flash tutorials in the future and the OTL is creating training workshops for Luna, so stay tuned for more.  In the meantime, create an account and start exploring the endless possibilities with the Visual Resources Collection!