by Melissa Lacas
Upgraded computer classrooms, digital video cameras, electronic books
and portable projectors will be just a few of MUSC’s newest
technologies featured at the MUSC Library Technology Fair.
The fair will be held 1 – 3 p.m. April 24 on the fourth floor of the
Colbert Education Center/Library to help MUSC students, faculty and
staff “get connected” by showcasing new technologies that can be used
for teaching, learning and personal use.
“The Tech Fair is a great opportunity for students and faculty to learn
about new technologies in a relaxed, unrushed atmosphere,” said Nancy
McKeehan, assistant director of libraries for systems. “We’ll be
showcasing some of the most popular new gadgets: flip video cameras,
Kindle e-book readers, even a pocket-size projector for your laptop.
All of these will be available for loan from the library after the
The fair and technology are supported by the Express Technology Library
Improvement Award, also known as The Digital e @MUSC Library, a
National Library of Medicine grant funded project. This grant provides
MUSC’s library with electronic services and items, recently including
three Amazon Kindle 2 e-readers, which digitally display
curriculum-related textbooks and reference books. Two Canon PowerShot
10-mega-pixel cameras, two Flip Video Ultra Camcorders and one 3M
MPro110 portable projector also will be available to the MUSC community
starting April 24.
Meanwhile, the MUSC library’s computer classrooms have been updated
with sound systems. Portable microphones and in-ceiling speakers make
classroom sessions easier to hear and give instructors the freedom to
move around the room. The instructor’s computer in each classroom is
equipped with a Sympodium Interactive Pen Display, which allows
instructors to annotate the computer screen by circling a particular
term or highlighting part of an equation. These capabilities will be
demonstrated at the fair.
Experts also will be on hand to answer questions about Tegrity, Adobe
Connect and Moodle, a course management system that could replace
WebCT. Social networking resources including wikis and Facebook also
will be shared.
Editor's note: This project has been funded in whole or in part with
federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National
Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under
Contract No. N01-LM-6-3502 with the University of Maryland Baltimore.
Friday, April 17, 2009