All posts by Vickie Karasic

About Vickie Karasic

MA/MLIS, Managing Librarian of the Weigle Information Commons

Senior Research Spotlight

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The gong will strictly enforce the two-minute time limit!

Event canceled – please check back for similar events in the future

Are you a graduating senior? Have you been working hard on a senior thesis or project lately? Does your project involve new media? Can you talk fast?

If all of the above apply to you, we welcome you to submit a proposal for our Senior Research Spotlight. Together with co-sponsors CURF, CWiC, and Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL), we invite twenty graduating seniors in any of the four undergraduate schools at Penn to share their work that involves new media (audio, video, image collections, software, 3D printing…) in a collegial atmosphere in front of peers, faculty, librarians, and administrators from around campus.

Presentations will consist of two-minute lightning talks, with time strictly enforced by the gong pictured above! The event will take place on Thursday, April 29, 2015, at 3pm in the Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, 6th Floor of Van Pelt Library. The room will be set up theater-style, and students will stand at the front podium to deliver their talks.

For more details, please see the event website. If you are interested in participating, submit a registration form by Friday, April 24, 2015, by 5 pm. To consider your submission, all we need by April 24 is the registration form. If you’d like to attend the event, please register here.  We hope you’ll join us on April 29th!

Italian Madrigals on WIC iPads

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Image from event website

When Professor Mauro Calcagno submitted a request to borrow 5 WIC iPads, I figured it was for his students to use for coursework, which is typically the case with our iPads in the Classroom Program. However, I was intrigued to find out that the iPads would be used by the Penn Madrigal Singers to perform digital editions of 16th-century composer Luca Marenzio’s work. I was lucky enough to attend the event last week, which was organized by the Penn Music Department, the Center for Italian Studies, and the Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center, and co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Forum. It was so fascinating to see both the digital humanities project that Mauro and his colleagues are working on and the fantastic performance by the Penn Madrigal Singers!

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Voice-over PowerPoint for Beginning Japanese

sec001Back in November, some of us WIC staff members found ourselves listening intently to a room full of Japanese speakers in Goldstein Electronic Classroom for an entire day. No, we weren’t there to learn beginning Japanese. Rather, we were teaching students in JPAN 011 how to use voice-over PowerPoint to present themselves and their interests in a new final video project for the class. Although we’ve assisted many other classes with video projects, this was the first large-scale language class we’ve supported working solely with voice-over in PowerPoint. It was a great success for all involved!

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New Semester, More Lynda

lyndaSimpleIn October 2013, we launched a pilot project lending Lynda.com Pro licenses for remote use. We started with 4 licenses to reserve and increased that to 6 after we saw more demand. The licenses are so popular that we now have 10 for remote use every day of the week, in addition to 2 licenses for walk-in use in the Media Lab. You can read more about the borrowing process and check out a license on our remote lending page.

Lynda.com offers a great way to complement our in-person WICshops. Almost every topic we teach is available self-service on Lynda. We hope you will take advantage of the extra licenses this spring. Happy learning!

Touching Old Books, Relieving Stress

For the past two semesters, I’ve been very lucky to work with Michelle Taransky’s two Critical Writing Program (CWP) classes, “The Poem that Changed America” and “Writing by the Numb3rs.”  Not only do I have a personal interest in these literary topics, but working with Michelle and her students has also been a highlight of my time as a librarian at Penn so far. When Michelle and I got to talking about the fantastic rare and special copies of various Beat and Oulipian materials that the Penn Libraries hold, we thought it would be a great idea to bring her students to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) to actually touch and feel the materials that inspired their research this past semester. So, during reading days and after students submitted their final class assignments, we did just that!

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David McKnight, Director of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, presenting materials to the “Writing by the Numb3rs” classes

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Active and Collaborative Learning

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Teaching social media tools in the Collaborative Classroom

Having researched learning spaces over the past couple of years, and having taught some active and collaborative workshops of my own in Van Pelt Library’s new Collaborative Classroom, I’ve become more interested in how faculty are using active learning classrooms (ALCs) to better engage students with each other and with course material. This semester, I was lucky enough to do a number of active-learning-related things: present about Penn Libraries’ Collaborative Classroom together with Sam Kirk at a local conference, travel to another university to learn about how their ALCs work, and observe active learning right here in our own Collaborative Classroom.

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Symposium 2014 Wrap-Up

slidersymposium2014This year’s Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium was a great success with over 130 attendees from all 12 schools at Penn! Our guiding question this year was: “How can technology empower our students, and us, as learners?” Students from all over Penn took our pre-Symposium “Make Your Voice Count!” survey, and their words helped guide discussions throughout the day.

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Enjoying lunch in a WIC Data Diner Booth. Photo by Jaime Marie Estrada, WIC Social Media Intern.

We’ve captured the day via Storify and Flickr with lots of pictures and tweets for you to explore. Please check back soon for event videos and comments from attendants.

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Symposium a success!