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What are digital humanities? Find out at THATCamp!

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The Humanities And Technology = THATCamp

We are participating in THATCamp Midwest @ Purdue University Fort Wayne. It will take place Friday October 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., followed by optional discussion time. THATCamp Midwest @ Purdue Fort Wayne will function a bit differently than the usual THATCamp as there will be more focus on learning about digital humanities, which means we will have more structure and pre-scheduled sessions. It is perfect for faculty, staff, and students wishing to move into this field.

The day will include brief presentations, panel discussions, and workshops covering topics including: metadata tagging, social networking and data visualization, digital collections, digital project management, animation, augmented reality, and incorporating digital projects in classes/programs. A preliminary schedule is posted here on the website, where you can also register to attend. We hope to see you there!

School of Information Technology resources

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This summer we are showing off our resources for the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. These resources are available to our registered students.

Our library computers have the software IT students need, including Microsoft Visual Studio 2017, NetBeans IDE, CyberDuck, Raptor, Microsoft Access, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Business Plan Pro. We also have study rooms and commons areas set up for students to demonstrate and collaborate on group projects.

For books on hot topics and scholarly research in IT we have Skillsoft and Springer ebooks specialized collections, and our other collections like Ebook Central are strong in computer science, information technology, and mathematics. The titles displayed are just the tip of the iceberg, selected by our library intern Andrea Broxon and our student worker Than Khine to pique interest.

Research and trends in IT move so quickly, articles are the way to keep up. Our many databases provide access to the latest and greatest peer-reviewed and trade publications, and our staff will help you find what you need to stay current.

We have printed books, study guides, and online services that will prepare you for certificate exams like CompTIA and Microsoft Office Specialist.

Andrea Broxon helped design and set up this display. Andrea just graduated from our Library Technical Assistant program and we know that she has a bright future ahead. Thank you and Congratulations, Andrea!

 

Future Crimes

Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World

9780552170802-us-300By Marc Goodman
Call Number: HV6773 .G665 2016
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Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flip side: our technology can be turned against us. And just over the horizon is a tidal wave of scientific progress that will leave our heads spinning–from implantable medical devices to drones and 3-D printers, all of which can be hacked, with disastrous consequences. With explosive insights based on a career in law enforcement and counterterrorism, leading authority on global security Marc Goodman takes readers on a vivid journey through the darkest recesses of the Internet. He explores how bad actors are primed to hijack the technologies of tomorrow. Provocative, thrilling, and ultimately empowering, Future Crimes will serve as an urgent call to action that shows how we can take back control of our own devices and harness technology’s tremendous power for the betterment of humanity–before it’s too late.

Teaching STEM

STEM Lesson Essentials, Grades 3-8: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

51UXAvjUGTL._SX393_BO1,204,203,200_By Jo Anne Vasquez, Cary Sneider and Michael Comer
Call Number: LB1585.3 .V38 2013
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Want to know how to implement authentic STEM teaching and learning into your classroom? STEM Lesson Essentials provides all the tools and strategies you’ll need to design integrated, interdisciplinary STEM lessons and units that are relevant and exciting to your students. With clear definitions of both STEM and STEM literacy, the authors argue that STEM in itself is not a curriculum, but rather a way of organizing and delivering instruction by weaving the four disciplines together in intentional ways. Rather than adding two new subjects to the curriculum, the engineering and technology practices can instead be blended into existing math and science lessons in ways that engage students and help them master 21st century skills.

Engineering in Elementary STEM Education: Curriculum Design, Instruction, Learning, and Assessment

9780807776711By Christine M. Cunningham
Call Number: LB1585.3 .C86 2018
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Bolstered by new standards and new initiatives to promote STEM education, engineering is making its way into the school curriculum. This comprehensive introduction will help elementary educators integrate engineering into their classroom, school, or district in age-appropriate, inclusive, and engaging ways. Building on the work of a Museum of Science team that has spent 15 years developing elementary engineering curricula, this book outlines how engineering can be integrated into a broader STEM curriculum, details its pedagogical benefits to students, and includes classroom examples to help educators tailor instruction to engage diverse students.

Exam Cram: CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902

With accompanying CD-ROM at the Circulation Desk.

41vo94oxzll-_sx331_bo1204203200_By David L. Prowse
Call Number: QA 76.3 .P78554 2016
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This is the perfect study guide to help you pass CompTIA ‘s new A+ 220-901 and 220-902 exams. It provides coverage and practice questions for every exam topic, including substantial new coverage of Windows 8/8.1, new PC hardware, tablets, smartphones, OS X, Linux, cloud computing, and professional-level networking and security. Extensive prep tools include quizzes, Exam Alerts, our great last-minute Cram Sheet, two full practice exams in the print book and an additional two exams in the test engine, plus complete real-time practice and feedback through Pearson’s state-of-the-art test engine. You’ll also find ten exclusive Real World Scenario case studies, all linked to simulations or video on the DVD!

Practice Questions

9780789756305-usBy David L. Prowse
Call Number: QA 76.3 .P785543 2016
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Covers the critical information you’ll need to know to score higher on your A+ 220-901 and 220-902 exams! Features 640 questions, organized to reflect the newest objectives for the A+ exams, so you can easily assess your knowledge of every topic. Each question includes a detailed answer explanation.

Light up December

Welcome to December, the darkest month of the year in the northern hemisphere. It’s not surprising that all cultures and traditions in this area have celebrations involving lights or fires and feasting. We have displays of cookbooks from our extensive collection that you can check out for your holiday cooking.

Our December graduates will surely shine brightly on all around them. We wish them all the best as they leave us. Special thanks to our wonderful library student assistant Cassondra.

New Products in the Library include the Testing and Education Reference Center database. It has practice entrance exam questions for public safety jobs, for Accounting certification, Teacher Praxis exams, the GED, SAT, CLEP, LSAT, and many more. Also included are tools for assessing career choices, writing your resume, and interviewing.

GFCLearnFree is a resource that we’d like to reintroduce. This portal contains hundreds of free training tools for students and really any adult trying to function in the USA. Improve your computer keyboarding and mousing, understand how Excel spreadsheets work, get an overview of using social media tools, reading a transit map, and so much more.

November: Fly by the Library

Fly by the library this month and check out our display of aviation books. We won’t tell you to buzz off! We’ve got over 300 books on all aspects of flight technology, and children’s books too. Books are just the tip of our resources, which include access to 100 journals presenting and analyzing the latest in motor and aircraft designs, fluid dynamics, atmospheric experiments, and so forth. Search in our databases using the subject phrase “Aerospace sciences” or key words Astronautics or Aircraft.

November is National Aviation History Month, designated to celebrate the many accomplishments of our nation in these fields. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s online exhibits are a rich resource. Currently posted are stunning photographs of the moon, along with collections highlighting how aeronautics changed our lives – and our minds.

If you search the library’s Indiana Memory database using the key word aviation, you will find that many pioneering aviators and aviation technologies were born in Indiana. Our Aviation Technology and Aviation Maintenance Technology programs will no doubt be hatching more!

Speaking of high-flyers, this month’s staff profile is our full-time Librarian Liz Metz.

What do you do at the Library?
I have been the Full-time Librarian for almost a year now. My main goal as Librarian is to make the Library accessible to students, faculty, and staff. I do this by helping people who visit the Library, creating guides for Library resources, and teaching classes about how to use the Library. I am responsible for collection and resource development for the School of Information Technology and the School of Arts, Sciences, and Education. I am also the cataloger here at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, which means I get all of the new books in the computer so that they can be searched for and checked out.

How did you gain your expertise?
I completed my BS at Purdue University, focusing on Elementary Education. When I graduated in 2009, I ended up working two part-time positions in the same elementary school – one in the Library, and one as a Title I instructor. At the end of the school year, the funding for the Title I program was cut, and I was on the search for a new job – which is how I got my start here at Ivy Tech! I started as a circulation aide and between the two positions, I realized I really enjoyed working in a library, and I started working on my MLS online through IUPUI. Luck was with me, because shortly after I completed my MLS, the part-time librarian positon opened up. That position eventually turned into the full-time position I’m in now!

What is unique about you that could be of service to the Ivy Tech community?
My Elementary Education background has been beneficial when students come looking for children’s books – I can almost always find one that works. I’m also fascinated by tech and computers, and while I’m not an expert, I can usually figure out solutions to the problems students bring in.

What is your favorite thing to do outside the Library?
My husband and I are both gamers, and we really enjoy playing together. Right now I’m working my way through a re-play of the Kingdom Hearts games in anticipation of the tentative 2018 release date of a new game! I also have a bit of a zoo at home, and love snuggling with my four cats and 6-month-old German Shepherd, who I hope to train as a therapy dog.

What is a favorite book you would recommend?
When I’m looking for something fun to read, one author I always enjoy is Neil Gaiman. I love how he usually mixes in a little mythology to his writing, and presents a mixture of fantasy and suspense. I got to meet him a few years ago when he was on his signing tour for The Ocean at the End of the Lane and was extremely excited to have him sign my copy of Sandman Volume I.

What is a favorite website you would recommend?
I love puzzles and brain teasers, so I spend a lot of time on Conceptis Puzzles (http://www.conceptispuzzles.com/). Many of the puzzles need to be purchased, but they publish a new free puzzle in each category every Friday, and some of the categories are available as apps with even more free puzzles.

Don’t forget to check out our list of new releases – they are all fiction this month.