June 2, 2014
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The recent EU court’s ruling on the “right to be forgotten” is an interesting wrinkle in the debates around privacy and public information in the world of cyber-connection. Even those who have carefully guarded what information they have “put out there” can find that information related to their name or face exists online and can be mined and redistributed in any number of ways. While the EU just forced Google to institute a procedure for removing items from the “results” for searches originating in Europe (Google.fr and google.de), they were not forced to delete those items from their “repositiory” of sites. Those who were hoping to have the request option for the US version of Google are out of luck; no court has forced Google to do this for US yet. However, if you want to clean up your “international image”, Jill Scharr’s helpful blog entry has more info on doing that.
Google does offer a procedure to remove “outdated” content. It may take some following-up with them (as the page suggests, since I guess they can take their time and/or refuse). You will also need to do this in conjunction with the webmaster of your site (if you are not your own webmaster).
In the short-run, you can delete passages or pages on your site; however, since they were indexed by Google shortly after you “published” them, they would still show up in a google search. The old/deleted materials will “sink down” in the search-results as more people click on your more recent materials. Your best bet in the interim, is to make old content “private”, and use either text-links to let people know that there is a more current page with a link to new info and/or implement a re-direct URL to the now-current information….an inelegant solution until the google request is acknowledged, but a quick and dirty solution for the time-being.
For more information on privacy and security in relationship to your “online presence” check out our Info Ethics LibGuide
April 30, 2014
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Thomas Piketty, in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that extreme economic inequality in the current global economic system is undermining democratic values. This book has gotten a lot of press coverage recently in such publications as The Guardian, The New Statesman, and the New York Review of Books, where Paul Krugman had a lengthy review. The New York Times referred to Piketty as the “latest overnight intellectual sensation,” following in the footsteps of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag, Christopher Lasch, and Francis Fukuyama.
April 16, 2014
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The University Libraries welcome St. John’s University’s new president Dr. Conrado M. Gempesaw. We thought our readers might be interested in Dr. Gempesaw’s scholarly writing. Please check this site for links to many of his articles.
March 27, 2014
The 2013 Digital Humanities awards came out relatively recently, offering an array of amazing projects to peruse — some public, some academic, all worth a gander. It is worth highlighting that the best InfoGraphic award covered statistics on why “Humanities Matter” [PDF] — making the infographic a meta-DH project of sorts.
As a follow-up to the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities’ “Quantifying Digital Humanities” infographic from 2012 (PDF), The Humanities Matter! starts a more expansive effort by the Center and 4Humanities to gather statistics and create infographics about the humanities. The Humanities Matter! is part of the 4Humanities Humanities Infographics initiative, including Infographics Friday online posts.
Another DH-for-fun award went to Serendip-o-matic — which acts as a federated-serendipitous-search engine: insert a block of text, and the applet finds related images culled from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana digital Libraries.
If you are curious about Digital Humanities at St. John’s, the next CTL Interdisciplinary Roundtable discussion will focus on Digital Humanities, on Monday April 7th; where Jen Travis will facilitate discussions about “projects and pedagogies of this emerging field.” If you are interested in learning more about creating infographics, or using them as an alternative research project, the University Libraries are hosting an edutech workshop on infographics on Wed. April 2nd. Does unearthing the treasures of the DPLA sound appealing? Does making your own a mash-up of the DPLA resource-data sound sound intriguing ? If so, join us Wednesday, April 9th, for a workshop on DPLA and engage with new treasure trove of primary resources and the meta-data that makes it tick!
February 12, 2014
An Exhibition of Botanical Specimens from the Mary Garden at St. John’s
February 13 – March 5, 2014
St. Augustine Hall 4th Floor
St. John’s University
Hidden within the pages of illuminated manuscripts, books of hours and breviaries, intricately illustrated botanical specimens have formed an integral part of medieval manuscripts and religious iconography and later, the Renaissance aesthetics. They illustrate botanical symbolism and its Christian orientation and enhance the visual beauty of a work on paper.
For Mariology students (THEO 3215) of Prof. Andrea Florendo as cross-curricular Mary Gardeners, they constitute intriguing footnotes to the larger but related subjects of art, botany & theology. Their Academic Service- Learning and participation in Learning Communities events lead in part to artistic documentation and record-keeping of botanical specimens from the Mary Garden at St. John’s habitat, and preserved in a herbarium at St. Albert’s Hall for research purposes. Several works from the Library’s Special Collections showcase images of plants that are used to sustain not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.