As e-books continue to become more mainstream in academia, the nifty features that allow researchers to record notes and mark quotable passages bring up some additional problems when trying to integrate those items into our citation systems. Enter the Note Hound Study Companion. Created by Graeme Summers, this online highlight manager works with PC or MAC using Chrome browsers. While originally created to work with Zotero, it now integrates with all the major reference managers. APA, Harvard and MLA bibliographic styles are supported. Notes can also be sent to Word, Google Docs, OneNote and Evernote.
So we’ve heard about content curation now for ages, and many of you may have even dipped your toes in the world of Scoop.it before. Even if you have not, you may want to give this tool a second look. Disclosure: There is both a free version and a paid version. I’ve only used the free version which limits the topics you can “scoop”. Here’s a quick, getting start guide to give you an overview:
Making Facebook Even More Secure
The folks at Wired recently released their most recent Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings. Privacy settings seem to change faster than the GNP, so this is a helpful summary.
Google Translate adds new languages
In a Google blog post, author Isaac Caswell, a Software Engineer for Google Translate, announces five new languages now available on the Google Translate product: Kinyarwanda, Odia (Oriya), Tatar, Turkmen and Uyghur. Both text and website translation is available. This brings the total number of languages supported by Google Translate up to an impressive 108 languages.
Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast Recommendation
We’ve talked several time about Bonnie Stachowiak and her Teaching in Higher Ed blog & podcast. She reached her millionth download recently and Ed Tech included her and her podcast as one of the top 30 Higher Education IT Influencers. If you haven’t found her yet, check out this sample post where she identifies her top 19 episodes of 2019.
The systems engineering librarian in me was drawn to this article on the Trello blog: The Kaban Way: How to visualize progress and data in Trello. The Kaban Method was a Japanese technique first developed for streamlining Toyota Production. It was developed by Taiichi Ohno and is one of several lean processing system techniques still used in businesses today who want to look at their processes in a new way in order to develop some productivity improvements. Pairing this technique with Trello makes a lot of sense to me, so I was pleased to see this how-to get started article that I could share with all of you.