Do you find yourself wanting to say your comments on a student’s paper out loud instead of typing them up? Have a desire to quickly dash off a chatty email to a friend or relative? Like talking to yourself and need a legitimate reason to give to concerned friends or office mates? The built-in dictation features available in Windows 7 or Mac 10.8 (Mountain Lion) enable you to speak into your computer’s microphone and the speech recognition software will turn your words into text. In both Windows and Mac the built-in software works in most applications wherever there is a place to enter text.
A few ways to use dictation:
- Comment on student or peer work by inserting text boxes using PDF annotation tools or word processor commenting tools.
- Compose emails.
- Create lists in reminder apps or word processors.
- Keep a research log or a personal journal.
- Draft a blog post.
Tips for using dictation successfully:
- Speak at a slower rate than you normally do.
- Remember to say the punctuation that you want to appear:
“Hi comma George exclamation point I enjoyed reading this paper period here are a few of my comments” would translate to “Hi, George! I enjoyed reading this paper. Here are a few of my comments.”
- If you briefly pause before and after punctuation or formatting commands, the software will be better able to distinguish the commands from speech you want translated to text.
- Use a headset or other dedicated microphone if you are doing marathon sessions of dictation.
- Practice makes perfect (or, at least, better) but you will still need to edit your finished text
Setting up the dictation functions in Windows and Mac is easy:
- Windows 7
Click the Start menu and then click on Help and Support. Type “speech recognition” into the search box. Click on Set up Speech Recognition and follow the directions.
- Mac 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Click on the Apple Menu and then click on System Preferences. Click on Speech & Dictation under the System category. Click on the Dictation tab and follow the directions.
Andersen Library will extend its hours for exam study beginning Mon., May 13. Popcorn will be made on the evenings that we’re open until 2 a.m. (* on dates indicated below). Coffee will be served evenings and weekends.
Mon. May 13: 7am – 2am*
Tues. May 14: 7am – 2am*
Wed. May 15: 9am – 2am*
Thurs. May 16: 9am – 2am*
Fri. May 17: 7am – 6pm
Sat. May 18: 9am – 5pm
Sun. May 19: 11am – 8pm
Mon. May 20: 7am – 4:30pm
The first and third floors of the Library close at midnight; only 2nd/main floor is open from midnight until 2am. All three floors are open until closing on nights when then Library closes earlier than 2am.
Study hard and remember to get here early! Doors are locked 15 minutes before closing.
Do you have notes for classes, papers, or lesson plans written on loose sheets of paper, typed up in Microsoft Word files on your laptop, and written down in a notebook you can’t find at the moment? Do you have important bits of information scrawled on scratch paper littering your desk, car, or room? Do you use more than one internet browser and can’t keep track of which one contains the bookmark to a vital website? Do you have a folder on your computer with images you want to use in multiple projects, but the images aren’t labeled or categorized so you never get around to starting the projects?
Evernote, a multimedia note-taking app, can help you organize and capture information in your studies, work, and daily life. You can set up different notebooks for your courses or projects. You can put almost anything into a notebook. You can view your notebooks and add notes on our own computer, on campus computers through the Evernote website, and on mobile devices. Everything is synced automatically across your computers to your Evernote account. With Evernote you can:
- Capture everything (well, almost)
- Notes you type directly into Evernote
- Microsoft Word documents
- Microsoft PowerPoint documents
- PDFs and scanned files
- Photos of handwritten notes or documents you take with your smartphone or other mobile device
- Photos or screenshots
- Audio recordings (You can record lectures with your smartphone or mobile device from within the Evernote app.)
- Organize your stuff and find it fast
- You can separate your notes into different notebooks, but you can also tag notes with labels that you create.
- Evernote has a powerful search feature, which can even search the text inside a handwritten note you’ve scanned!
- You can share your notebooks with other Evernote users or email notes to anyone.
Evernote has both free and Premium accounts. The free account should meet your needs—if you pay for a Premium account, you just get a few more features and more space.
The Art of Procrastination:
A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing
by John Perry
BF637 .P76 P46 2012
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
I went over to the New Arrivals Island with stress on the brain. You know, the end of the semester is upon us, the library’s busier than it usually is, and people are frantically preparing final projects and studying for finals. I nearly missed this skinny book that exemplifies the opposite [or not, depending on your perspective] of what’s going on.
Perry, emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford University, takes the topic of putting things off very seriously. He ruminates from his decades of experience about the philosophical side of everyone’s favorite pastime and argues that it’s actually not necessarily a bad thing. Using the idea of akrasia, the phenomenon behind going against our best judgment, the author provides strategies to overcome our inner perfectionism / procrastination to produce the right result: crossing items off of the to-do list.
Need to give your mind a rest after all this studying? Stop in for some fun activities this week!
Monday, May 6 —Make your own Stress Ball from 1:00-4:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7 —Make your own Stress Ball from 1:00-4:00 pm
Wednesday, May 8
— Comic Book Give Away 1-3pm – The UW-W English Club will be on site handing out free comic books!
—Comic Book Presentation 3:45-4:45pm – Professor Janine Tobeck will compare straight text and a text/image combination and explore how the comic alters the reading experience.
Thursday, May 9
—Make your own Mother’s and Father’s Day Cards! 1-4pm
—Stress Reduction Dogs coming for a visit 10-Noon -Professors Sarah Niles and Jeannine Rowe
Friday, May 10 —Make your own Mother’s and Father’s Day Cards! 1-4pm
Need to find an song or image to use in the classroom or for an assignment? Want to alter an image or reuse it in a new format? UW-Whitewater has policies and resources related to copyright and fair use that can help guide your choice of media. One easy way to manage sometimes complicated copyright issues is to limit your searches to digital media that is in the Public Domain or whose creators have used Creative Commons licenses that specifically give others the right to use and/or alter the original work for non-commercial purposes. Here is a list of places to start your search for digital media:
- Wikimedia Commons is a wiki-style database of images in the Public Domain or with Creative Commons licenses.
- Flickr is a photo sharing site where many works have Creative Commons licenses (find these using the advanced search). FlickrStorm is another way to easily search for Flickr images without the hassle of signing in or creating an account. You can search for Creative Commons images or images anyone can use non-commercially.
- Jamendo is a music-sharing site where independent artists have uploaded their songs for anyone to listen to and use through Creative Commons licenses.
- Google Image Search has an Advanced Search option for limiting the results to images with a Creative Commons license.
- The Library of Congress’ online catalog provides access to thousands of images. Many images have rights information contained in the catalog record.
- National Archives has primary source documents, images, and video. Many of the documents and images are in the public domain and can be used with attribution.
Andersen Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository library with federal and state government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!
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The venerated parental units’ days are swiftly approaching. Mother’s Day on May 12 and Father’s Day on June 16. What better a gift to give than a book? I can think of few. This May the book sale will include a plethora of subject areas, including a lot of books on psychological and political topics, but little fiction. There are also sets of books such as The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of Family Health: Doctor’s Answers. These are books that we didn’t sell the first time around, and now they’ve been drastically discounted to SUPER LOW PRICES. Just 25 cents each or $1/bag. Not bad. Most of the books were originally out between March 2012 and February 2013, although there are a few from March 2013. Books will be replenished as the shelves get bare, so come back often!
Happy Mother’s and Father’s Days, and all the holidays in between!
If you happened through Andersen Library this past Friday, Saturday, or Monday, you may have noticed children and librarians with stuffed animals in tow. You were witnessing the Stuffed Animal Sleepover.
Parents and grandparents helped the stuffed animals’ kid-friends create name tags for their animals, after which the children joined in a couple of songs and a story time.
Before heading home, the children tucked in their stuffed animals for an afternoon nap. That ensured plenty of energy for their nighttime adventures. Once the stuffed animals were roused, there was more than a bit of silliness to go around. Although the monkeys rather unsuccessfully tried to teach the other animals to climb, the zebra and okapi were quite impressed by their tutors’ daring do. Madeline was up to her usual antics, teaching her new friends all about photocopy machines, a device for which the stuffed critters heretofore had no imaginable use. All of the nighttime antics were caught on camera and printed in booklets for the children to pick up the following day along with their stuffed animals.
I think it safe to say that the library staff was pretty tuckered out after chasing various stuffed critters around the stacks throughout the night – but not so much that they’re not looking forward to this event next year!
Trisha used the bulletin board display to talk about places in our town – our nod to the Big Read.
Let me shift to my “academic librarian” writer’s voice for a moment. Given the positive response from the children, their parents and grandparents, the student and staff volunteers, we are looking forward to repeating this event next year. What we hope to do differently is to involve more of our UW-Whitewater students in organizing and carrying out various aspects of the event. If your student group has a passion for working with children, the willingness to share some energy, and a desire to put expertise into practice, please contact Diana Shull or the education librarian, Ellen Latorraca. We’re happy to share the fun!
Do you ever find yourself typing out the same word, phrase, or even a whole email message over and over? Text expansion software saves you time by expanding a snippet of text into the full word or phrase—think of the software as a large clipboard that you access with predefined keystrokes.
Text expansion software ranges from free and simple to paid and complex. All Macs have built-in text expansion (turn on the feature and add your shortcut snippets by going to “Languages & Text” within the System Preferences) and PhraseExpress is free for personal use on Windows. These programs will help you expand frequently-used words, phrases, or even more complicated, formatted text. If you want to add flexibility to your expansions, many software programs, such as aText for Mac ($5) and Breevy ($35) for Windows, allow you to create forms that you can fill out on the fly, insert text from your clipboard into the expanded text, or execute other commands within the program.
Ways to use text expansion software in academia (and life!):