HSU Unconference: How I Learned Shareout Building a Better Search by Going into Categories and Searching by Subject

From the Humboldt State University Library: “Nikki Martensen explains how to build a better search by going in to Categories and then searching by subject. By searching by subject, you’ll be exposed to related words that will enrich your search.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nisK0wJnps

Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Noble’s book discusses how oppressive decisions are reinforced via algorithms. Since algorithms are programmed by developers, this shows a huge issue. Through multiple case studies, Noble shows that there are clear issues when it comes to what pages show up in searches related to race and gender. I think this text is an important wake-up […]

Rebuilding the Past With the Future of Technology

Archaeologists seeking a way to peer into bygone eras are turning a 180 to get the job done. Yes, looking forward is often the best way to reconnect with the past. In short, the future of tech is becoming the key to unlocking history. Thanks to new advances in technology and machine learning, scientific disciplines […]

See History Up Close Without Ever Leaving the House

As a history lover, I was thrilled to learn that many museums now offer virtual tours for some of their most prized treasures. Now, I could explore history like never before, right from the comfort of my home. I wanted to find out for myself if a virtual tour could be as informing and entertaining […]

Augmented Reality Enhancing Museum Exhibits Across the Globe

You may remember the release and subsequent popularity of the Pokemon Go up that sparked a widespread interest in the use of augmented reality (AR) to enhance the user experience. One place that Augmented reality is really taking off is in museum exhibits, not just in the United States but throughout the world. This increase […]

Digitizing the Heritage Experience

The concept of design thinking, taking into account how users interact with and experience a website or product in order to design a responsive experience, has become standard in the digital world. However, the concept of user experience is not a new concept, nor is it exclusive to sectors such as technology, design, and e-commerce. […]

Creating a Gift for the Future: Digitization Using Omeka.net

“Creating a Gift for the Future: Digitization Using Omeka.net”, April 22, 2016 Contributors: Alexandria Jones, Blanca Drapeau, Cathlyn Garibay, KayCie Voigt, Nicole Martensen, Victoria Bruner, Xi K. Bromley “The Library Scholar Internship team is digitizing historically significant objects from the library’s Special Collections. This process involves more than scanning objects, but publishing to a broader […]