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Academic Commons Update for April 8

An undergraduate student and I were discussing her senior project (an online exhibition of items at the Beinecke Library along with short critical essays on them) and noticed that we didn’t have any horizontally-oriented themes for Yale Academic Commons sites. Not a problem any more, as we bought COLr from a freelance developer. I like this theme a lot and hope that some of you will find creative uses for it. Works well on multiple devices, but note that its strengths with media display could become a problem on low-bandwidth connections or could gobble up your data allocations on a cellular network.

Addendum 1: Almost in a procrustean manner, this theme resizes images on the fly to fit the available screen space. Lovely when you have big chunky images, not so great when you have something small. However, I corresponded with the developer and found out that you can prevent this from happening. It’s a workaround for, at minimum, intermediate users. TO prevent resizing, add “noScale” as a style class to the desired image. You’ll have to go into the HTML tab of the editor interface to make this change, and be sure that a) you add the class name to the existing style attribute of the image and b) you enter the class name exactly as written above, as it is case-sensitive.

iTable Comes to the Service of George Washington

Stace Maples from the Yale Map Department touches the iTable to play an animation.Barnet Schecter will kick off the George Washington map exhibit in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall on Wednesday with a talk titled “America Transformed: From George Washington’s American Atlas to the 21st Century”. The title refers to Schecter’s research, but is appropriate considering what you’ll find when you walk in the room. Immediately next to maps drawn by Washington himself is a 42-inch touch display that visitors can use to explore animations providing geographic context for some of the maps in Washington’s atlas.

Staff from ITS and the Map Department watch an animation on the iTable.

Dubbed the iTable, we originally put the multi-touch display together as an experimental lecturing device for professors who heavily use Google Earth in the classroom. It is now used for exploratory learning in informal learning environments. The Library’s Map Department came up with the idea to use the iTable to introduce an element of interactivity to their exhibit and worked with us to configure it for their needs. Swing by the SML Lecture Hall and check it out.