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Concerned about privacy online?

Developers at the University of Washington have created an application and Firefox plug-in utilizing P2P architecture called Vanish. It allows you to control the lifespan (8 hours) of data you store online in Google Apps, as posts in Facebook or in blog comments. An article about it appears in the New York Times.

Short screencast with detailed installation instructions:



Community colleges are the speedboats of higher education.

Check out this piece in Slate about President Obama's recent community college initiative speech. Our President Gail Mellow provides some key points to the author on the importance of community colleges: http://www.slate.com/id/2222570/



Google Books Looks Different

Some new features were added to the Google Books interface:

Read more about the updates here: http://booksearch.blogspot.com/2009/06/new-features-on-google-books.html



Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom

From a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Baruch has produced an interactive, animated guide to using material online, in Blackboard and in the classroom. Impressive, comprehensive and broadly applicable, it provides answers to specific questions about the use of different material formats in a variety of contexts. The production is also as fun and simple as the topic could possibly be.

Baruch's Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in the Classroom: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/tutorials/copyright/



Short Takes on Literature - Term papers and registration NOT required!

Short Takes on Literature Summer Special: Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and "Like Mother Used to Make"

Thursday - July 9, 2009 from 2:30 - 4:00

Read and discuss two stories by Shirley Jackson with us on Thursday, July 9 in the Library conference room. Cool off with one rather scary story and an amusing, if not cautionary, tale of infatuation. Pick up a copy of the stories at the Library Reference Desk.