Spring 2011 Digital Media Workshops

Northeastern University Libraries’ Digital Media Design Studio (DMDS) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary learning environment for creating course-related multimedia presentations, projects, and portfolios. Check out our Spring 2011 workshops where participants can familiarize themselves with the technology and possibilities offered in the Studio. Photoshop Basics Wednesday, 2/16 @ 11:45am-1:25pm Let us teach you the basics of image adjustment and editing. In this workshop, you will learn how to paint, draw, and edit in Photoshop. After all the separate pieces are created, learn how to bring it all together to make a dynamic multi-layered project. [Register Now!] After Effects Basics Wednesday, 3/2 @ 11:45am-1:25pm This workshop is designed to teach you the basic tools used to create a composition. Learn how to create, edit, and bring your ideas to the screen using the basic tools of After Effects. [Register Now!] Introduction to Editing in Final Cut Pro Wednesday, 3/16 @ 11:45am-1:25pm This workshop will teach you about video and editing in Final Cut Pro. Learn how to capture video, and find out how to apply filters and color corrections to create a professional quality video. [Register Now!] For more information about the DMDS and our workshops visit our website or contact Thomas Bary at 617-373-3399.

New DVDs for Cold Winter Nights

I've just updated this week's New Titles in Snell Library, and I noticed we've got a nice crop of new DVDs. If you like biopics, there's Temple Grandin, about an autistic woman who becomes a pioneer in animal psychology. Hipsters? Catch Julie Christie in Darling (1965), about an English model and her descent into corruption. Or for those who like the classics, watch Ninotchka (1939), a lighthearted comedy about visitors to Paris who ascend into corruption (Garbo laughs!). For date night, borrow Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, based on a graphic novel about what it takes to win the girl of your dreams. A more serious take on love would be Vincere ("Win", 2009) about the love between Benito Mussolini and Ida Dalser (in Italian), or Un Coeur en Hiver ("A Heart in Winter", 2006), centering on the love triangle between a concert violinist, her lover, and his best friend (in, you guessed it, French). Working your way through this year's Oscar nominees? Our newest arrival is the comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right (2010), with great acting from Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as lesbian parents of two teenage kids. Another family drama, Please Give (2010), explores the dynamics of a Manhattan family waiting for their neighbor to die so they can take over and renovate her apartment. Every week we update our lists of New Titles. You can browse the lists, or subscribe to the RSS feed, depending on your interests. Choose a subject like mathematics, or you can view new videos or new titles from our high-interest award-winning titles in the first floor Hub reading area.

Open Access Week: Video Wednesday!

OA Week There are a lot of creative people out there making videos for OA Week about why open access to information is important. Here's one that's short and sweet at just over a minute long: And another one, appropriately titled "Open Access 101": But they're not all animations... there are lots of interviews out there with faculty about why they feel open access is important. Try this one, with Professor Christoph Bartneck of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands: There are many more videos available to enlighten and inform at

8 Blog Commandments

Dear Blog Contributers/soon to be contributers: As a follow up to what I discussed at the PCC meeting, here is a blog checklist for things people can keep in mind when they post to the blog. A version of this is also posted to the Programming and Communications Folder, under the Blog section. Things to make sure you do when writing a blog post: 1. Compose the post: Use lots of short paragraphs instead of one long paragraph (if you are quoting from another source, edit it down/summarize if it is too long. 2. Add a lot of links. 3. Make the title direct and catchy. For example, Damon Griffin did not title his summer reading exhibit post “Books to read this summer” he titled it, “Summertime, Living’s Easy.” While this is catchy, a more direct title might be “Summertime, reading’s easy.” 4. If you are adding a photograph: Either drag it directly from the window in to the body of the post (this works for images from google), or use the photo upload icon—the square at the top of the post box—if it’s from the hard drive. 5. To Embed a Video: If it is too long to upload with the video upload icon, please refer to Karen for help. This will involve going in to the html. 6. Before submitting the post for review, proofread for spelling and grammer. 7. Add categories this post pertains to, and at least 3 tags. 8. Comment on other posts as often as you can. More comments means more discourse.