Me and a number of colleagues from the University of Notre Dame visited folks from Ball State University and Ohio State University to see, touch, and discuss all things Microsoft Surface.
There were plenty of demonstrations surrounding music, photos, and page turners. The folks of Ball State were finishing up applications for the dedication of the new “information commons”. These applications included an exhibit of orchid photos and an interactive map. Move the scroll bar. Get a differnt map based on time. Tap locations. See pictures of buildings. What was really interesting about the later was the way it pulled photographs from the library’s digital repository through sets of Web services. A very nice piece of work. Innovative and interesting. They really took advantage of the technology as well as figured out ways to reuse and repurpose library content. They are truly practicing digital librarianship.
The information commons was nothing to sneeze at either. Plenty of television cameras, video screens, and multi-national news feeds. Just right for a school with a focus on broadcasting.
Ball State University. Hmm…