Weekly Tips & Tricks Scannx Accessibility Tools

Welcome to another edition of weekly tips and tricks. This week we are going to go over the accessibility tools on the Scannx machine.

To access the accessibility tools simply click on the Accessibility Tools button on the main screen before beginning to scan. There are audio and visual assistance tools.

  1. Audio Assistance Tool: a text-to-speech narrator that will narrate on-screen options as well as respond to any buttons selected by a user.
  2. Visual Assistance Tools: a magnifier that will enlarge text when you hover over it with the mouse, and a high contrast mode.

Other small notes are that we have installed new touch screen monitors if you would prefer using it over a mouse and also we have installed another Scannx machine in the Huston room. Note that the other Scannx machine is in the Periodicals room.

Questions, comments, concerns?  Give us a call at 845-848-7505 or email sullivan.library@dc.edu!

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Weekly Tips and Tricks – SMART Board Basics

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Welcome to the first Weekly Tips of the semester! This time we are going to go over the basics of the SMART Boards.

 

To use a SMART Board make sure the projector is on and have a laptop connected to the board. SMART software is required, however, so you will need to borrow a laptop which we can provide. You will need to plug in the blue Ethernet cable, tan USB cable, and the black HDMI cable.

 

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With everything on and plugged in on the bottom tool bar of the the computer click on SMART board, which is a small blue circle, and a list of options will appear. Click on SMART settings. In SMART settings you will find how to orient the SMART board. Click on the icon and follow the steps on the screen. Next go to SMART ink, also in SMART settings, and make sure this option is turned on.

 

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Once done you can now use the SMART board properly. The SMART board allows you to draw in SMART board notebook, Firefox and Microsoft Word. If you have any more questions you can refer to the reference sheet in each Learning Commons room or ask a staff member for more help.

Questions, comments, concerns?  Give us a call at 845-848-7505 or email sullivan.library@dc.edu!

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Book Display in Honor of Founder’s Week

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For this month’s display case and book selection, Sullivan Library is celebrating Founder’s Week by honoring Antonio de Montesinos for his efforts to support the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Antonio de Montesinos was a Dominican friar who was a missionary on Hispanola during Spain’s attempt to colonize the island in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. He is best known for a famous sermon he gave on December of 1511 where he condemned the colonists for enslaving the natives of Hispanola. Montesinos was eventually run out of Hispanola by the colonists for his unpopular opinion; however, he and his fellow Dominicans were ultimately successful in convincing the King of the inhumane nature of the colonists’ abuse and enslavement of the natives. This broke the ice for future laws to be created in order to protect native rights.

Indigenous people are people who inhabited a land prior to it being taken by colonizing societies. According to the United Nations, Indigenous people occupy 20% of the world’s land. However, when discussing Indigenous Peoples, it is crucial to understand that there are thousands of groups which are very diverse from one another. They live in nearly every country and every continent in the world. Continue reading

Learn new skills at a Library workshop

Fall semester workshops have just been announced and they feature a variety of skills to boost your papers, projects and everyday life and work. Back by popular demand is a workshop about creating an academic poster, which many seniors will need to make this year in 400-level classes. New to the schedule is a class about the brand new version of RefWorks, a tool which helps you organize your references and quickly create a bibliography. Also slated is a course on evaluating websites (couldn’t we all benefit from how to identify “fake news” and other types of bad information?) See the schedule below for more details.

Is there something you want to learn? Let us know and we’ll consider adding it to our next workshop series.

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I’m new! Check me out.

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You might have noticed a new addition to the lobby: a bookcase underneath the digital sign. This is a display of new titles recently purchased by the Library. As new books arrive the selection will change so stop by to browse it any time you’re in the building.

Best part? Everything on this bookcase can be borrowed outside the library for three weeks.

Want to recommend a book to the library? Fill out this form and if we can buy it we’ll let you know (and then add it to the new book display).

 

July is Staff Reading Recommendations month!

Staff Picks July 2017

Over the summer we asked the entire Sullivan Library staff to pick some of their favorite books. Staff found a great range of selections, from classics by Emily Dickinson to non-fiction books related to environmental issues. These books are now located in our display case for checkout. See our Staff picks bibliography for a full listing of the selected titles.

Keep reading below to see what staff recommended and what they had to say about their picks:

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