Seattle Public library is interested in purchasing technolgies for the youth which can be used for learning. One of the projects is the Minecraft club. It is a learning sessions for youth to learn the process of designing characters, prototyping, and creating a story out of the character. In implementing the project, there are information gaps in the management and implementation process. The first one is between librarians familiarity with the content and the purpose of the project. And the other one is between librarians facilitation skills with technology and youth development. To fill these gaps, our capstone group will look at the curriculum of the 3D printer club and try to find ways to revise the curriculum which will make a successful session for the children.
Since 2013 the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives (OHBA) has been dedicated to collecting and archiving materials related to hops and brewing in Oregon. Currently, OHBA lacks a formal Loan & Digitization agreement form that addresses intricate copyright issues, and is concise and understandable for OHBA and Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC) donors. To address this problem we researched the practices of similar institutions and copyright issues, created multiple form drafts, a supplemental LibGuide, and conducted a usability survey. The end product of our capstone project is a Loan & Digitization form that is organized, offers room for thorough description, contains copyright information and protects the OHBA and donors from potential donation problems. The addition of a LibGuide keeps the form concise while still providing users with supplemental information that will save the OHBA time and work in the future. The final form will be adopted by OHBA and SCARC.
In an effort to address the persistent opportunity gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, Jon Madamba founded STEM Paths. STEM Paths is an organization that empowers disadvantaged, multicultural youth in STEM disciplines through class-based workshops. The organization’s information problem is that it does not have a centralized repository for the data they gather from the students and families they work with. The staff at STEM Paths conceive this central repository as a user-friendly, multi-user database with a mobile counterpart to collect, store, and safeguard such data. This can result in two important outcomes for the organization. The first outcome is that be able to continue its mission by processing data and tracking student performance, The other outcome is that it’ll have meaningful information to present to stakeholders expand their operations and improve the database’s reach to enterprise-wide integration.
The archival record of the U.S. Navy Band has suffered from limited personnel and financial resources for maintenance. The archives consist primarily of images, video footage, operational documents, and musical programs stretching back more than 100 years. As part of its commitment to showcasing history and heritage, the band sought to improve public access to its archives in the immediate and long-term future. I first surveyed the contents and selected items to be a part of an exhibit hosted on the band’s website that highlights its mission to support the President of the United States. I digitized those items, cataloged them using commercial museum software, and wrote the captions to craft the story for the exhibit. Future exhibits now have a template to follow for creation, and a general outline of the contents of the archive provide the band with guidance on how best to allocate their resources.
The experience of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is often stigmatized and poorly understood by those without anxiety. Further, there are very few interactive media forms that focus on the experiences of GAD. Of those that do, the vast majority fall within the horror genre intended to induce anxiety and provide shock-value without representing an overcoming of such experiences. Fragments uses the HTC Vive Virtual Reality Headset as an exploratory medium for representing a fictional experience through anxiety. Using dramatic storytelling, thorough domain research, and principles of immersive play, we aim to present a positive, fantasy adventure about a personal experience of overcoming anxiety. Fragments will simulate the physical and emotional responses of anxiety to help those without anxiety understand these experiences and critique the stigma toward anxiety. Our audience will be traversing a world rife in metaphor and symbolism that can encourage those with or without anxiety to discuss together.
In an ideal classification system each item has a precise location, but most systems contain misfits that end up classified as other. Why do items end up classified in this way? In this research project, I consider the nature of items that defy neat categorization in different types of classification systems. Are these things fragmentary, or unusually complex? What are the consequences in browsing and search? The classification theory literature suggests that these systems are not value neutral. Even used within the contexts of their intended use, they often require compromises that may not be clear to the users of these systems. In addition to looking at formal classifications such as DDC, I examine the concept of other in data collection systems such as medical records, as well as the negotiation of sub-genres in music. While other often poses challenges, I also consider instances in which it may increase engagement.
An ever increasing amount of data collection on social media contributes to additional security implications which are not outlined in the End User License Agreements that we see today. We believe that this data can be used in many ways to violate user anonymity and create digital profiles of users based on various data processing methods. We can then cross-reference these digital profiles to other social media platforms to identify previously anonymous users. To do this, we hope to use numerated social media APIs which contribute to the release of Personally Identifiable Information. From this, We hope to educate users on End User License Agreements while informing them on applications of data usage by performing analysis on Reddit user data and other social media platforms.
For over twenty years the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) has managed and developed a set of encoding guidelines for the representation of humanities, social science, and linguistics -- to preserve and share -- texts in digital form. Using Extensible Markup Language (XML) as its backbone, TEI is the generally accepted encoding model for the digital humanities. Due to XML’s extensible nature, it can often be difficult to share these files, and problematic to make them interoperable. Our Application Programming Interface (API) for TEI-XML documents addresses these challenges. It requires no prior programming experience to use, can be installed using standard File Transfer Protocols (FTP), and is able to return multiple interoperable views of a TEI-XML file using a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) as its method of query.
Archival Connection: Bringing Weber State University and Ogden High School Together to Preserve a Rich Local History
The Weber State University Special Collections Department is dedicated to preserving the history of its surrounding communities. The Ogden High School Archives is full of irreplaceable and fascinating artifacts chronicling the story of this more than a century old institution. Some of the archival items have already been damaged through improper storage. There has been no set process to catalogue the housed items, making it nearly impossible for community members to fully access the collection. During this project I have safely stored and organized items into labeled boxes and folders. A register of the archives will soon be available on the school’s website giving community members a full view of the collection.
Conducted for the International Student/ELL Subcommittee of the UW Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Group, this mixed-methods study examines international students’ perception and use of the UW-Seattle Libraries. International students have been identified as a group that need unique support on campus, and Libraries staff are concerned international students are not engaging with Libraries resources and services as fully as they could be. International student enrollment jumped from 6.5% to 15.2% of the total UW-Seattle student population from Fall 2006 to Fall 2015, according to the Office of Planning & Budgeting. How can library services and resources be more attuned to these students’ information needs? What can the Libraries do to support international students’ sense of inclusion and belonging? Triangulating undergraduate and graduate focus group, wayfinding, and survey data, this project offers an initial set of recommendations to address the diverse needs of the local international student community.