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Paley Library sees thousands of undergraduates each day in its information commons, books stacks, and study spaces, but there are thousands more we rarely see. Since librarians feel strongly that the materials and services we provide both enrich a students’ intellectual life and improve their educational outcomes, we are always looking for new ways to reach students.

On February 10th of this year, a small group of librarians interested in data and statistics met with an undergraduate senior majoring in Risk Management and Insurance (Human Resources track) in the Fox School of...

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Human Sciences
April 21, 2017

 

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Libraries and archives often maintain what they arcanely call “vertical files,” defined by Merriam-Webster as “a collection of articles (as pamphlets and clippings) that is maintained (as in a library) to answer brief questions or to provide points of information not easily located.” Other definitions...

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History News
April 21, 2017

This week in North Philly Notes, Helen M. Stummer, author of Risking Life and Lens, provides her artist statement and a few images from her exhibit at the New Jersey Historical Society that runs through June 24.  

This exhibit is a small selection from the large body of work I have created over the past four decades as a social documentary photographer and visual sociologist.

I began my...

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North Philly Notes
April 19, 2017
Deadline: May 1, 2017 The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the Digital Scholarship Center announce the Innovative Teaching with Makerspace Technology Grant   Makerspace technologies can help faculty to build a richer and more engaging learning experience for students. The Digital Scholarship Center’s Makerspace provides a hands-on environment in which students can work […] Read More
Temple Digital Scholarship Center
April 13, 2017

This week in North Philly Notes, Jacob Kramer, author of The New Freedom and the Radicals, reflects on the similarities between 1920s politics and today.

I remember well watching the electoral prediction on the New York Times web site swing from a Clinton victory to a Trump win on November 8.  I was surprised, even though I had written in...

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North Philly Notes
April 12, 2017

This week in North Philly Notes, we are proud to announce a grant Temple University Press and Temple Libraries received from the NEH.

Temple University Press and Temple University Libraries have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to make 25 to 30 out-of-print labor studies titles freely available online as part of the Humanities Open Book Program. The titles were selected based on their impact on...

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North Philly Notes
April 5, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017 // 10:30 am to 5:00 pm Friday, April 28, 2017 // 10:30 am to 5:00 pm Digital Scholarship Center // Paley Library // 1210 W. Berks Street //Philadelphia, PA 19122 The Digital Scholarship Center of Temple Libraries joins New York University and Fordham University for a day-long conference on text encoding […] Read More
Temple Digital Scholarship Center
April 3, 2017

MERLOT is a well-known repository of openly accessible learning content produced and shared by higher education faculty. With its thousands of learning objects, MERLOT is considered a reliable source of quality Open Educational Resources (OER).

Faculty are sometimes challenged to find OER that fits their course. To enhance their ability to locate OER, MERLOT has developed a new feature called “Smart Search”. It extends access to online learning materials well beyond MERLOT’s curated and peer reviewed collection...

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Temple University Library News
March 30, 2017

Last week many of us headed down to Baltimore (along with 3400 other librarians) to attend the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) biennial...

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Assessment on the Ground
March 30, 2017
By Luling Huang This post demonstrates how to obtain an n by n matrix of pairwise semantic/cosine similarity among n text documents. Finding cosine similarity is a basic technique in text mining. My purpose of doing this is to operationalize “common ground” between actors in online political discussion (for more see Liang, 2014, p. 160). […] Read More
Temple Digital Scholarship Center
March 30, 2017
  Fun Fact Netflix’s Original Show House of Cards was not bought by the company just because they thought that subscribers would like it. The $100 million show was chosen based entirely on data. They have a direct relationship with the consumers so they knew that users watched the David Fincher directed movie The Social […] Read More
Temple Digital Scholarship Center
March 30, 2017

 This week in North Philly Notes, Lolly Tai, author of The Magic of Children’s Gardens, explains the purpose, beauty, and benefits of creating children’s outdoor environments in public gardens.

The focus of my research for the last two decades has been on designing outdoor environments for children. My deep interest was sparked by a schoolyard project that I assigned to my landscape architecture students almost twenty years ago when I was teaching at Clemson University. I...

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North Philly Notes
March 29, 2017
By Kaelin Jewell Recently, I attended a lecture by Renata Holod, a specialist in the art and architecture of the Islamic world at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of the History of Art. In her talk, which was sponsored by Temple’s Department of Art History, Prof. Holod discussed the reconstruction of an historical monument, the Great […] Read More
Temple Digital Scholarship Center
March 28, 2017
This post originally appeared on the CLIR Re:Thinking blog. Ten hamsters pile on top of each other. As one hamster on the third row of this unusual pyramid smiles out at us, another boosts the topmost hamster up. It starts to peek up and out of their cage… This whimsical image appeared on each of the […] Read More
Temple Digital Scholarship Center
March 27, 2017

 

This week in North Philly Notes, Temple University Press is excited to participate in the AAU/ARL/AAUP Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative.

The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of American University Presses (AAUP) are implementing a new initiative to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social...

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North Philly Notes
March 22, 2017

This week in North Philly Notes, we post a slideshow of images from Philadelphia Youth Basketball‘s recent event with Craig Robinson and The Audacity of Hoop author Alexander Wolff. 

Last weekend, Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB), a non-profit organization dedicated to building a premiere youth development center in North Philadelphia, hosted a groundbreaking event...

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North Philly Notes
March 15, 2017
Song 'It's Eney's Fault"“It’s Eney’s Fault.” Target: FAPA in the combozine... Read More
History News
March 13, 2017

This week in North Philly Notes, Thomas Keels, author of Sesqui!: Greed, Graft, and the Forgotten World’s Fair of 1926debuts a new video for his book and explains the appeal of World’s Fairs.


In 1964, I was ten years old and living on a farm outside Princeton, New Jersey. Like many baby boomers, I was taken to see the New York World’s Fair. Like many baby boomers, I was blown away by the fair’s gleaming vision of the 21st Century, an endless episode of The Jetsons...

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North Philly Notes
March 8, 2017
Application deadline for 2017-18 is April 17, 2017 Application deadline for 2017-18 is April 17, 2017 The online program is organized by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), the leading digital center for faculty, students, and librarians in the digital humanities. For complete information about the HASTAC Program, see https://www.hastac.org/about-hastac .he Digital […] Read More
Temple Digital Scholarship Center
March 6, 2017

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