Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Download older Moodle materials before June 19

In order to comply with copyright law, LITS must turn off student access to Moodle course sites a few weeks after grades are due.

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If you wish to save copies of any Moodle materials from a Spring 2017 course site, please do so before Monday, June 19, 2017.  If you have an extension and require access to a course site beyond this date, please contact the course instructor.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Brown Bag Lunch: PollEverywhere explained!

Great news for those who love adding interactivity to their classrooms! LITS has purchased access to PollEverywhere, a tool for instructors who would like to poll students on devices they already own, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops, to get feedback and polling data during their class sessions.

LITS is hosting a brown bag lunch about PollEverywhere on Thursday April 13. Some Mount Holyoke faculty who have already been using PollEverywhere in their classrooms will talk about what they have been doing, and there will be plenty of time for conversation and questions about using PollEverywhere. Instructors from all disciplines are encouraged to attend.

We will meet in Dwight Lounge 201 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM on Thursday, April 13. Feel free to bring your lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided.

RSVPs welcome, but not required, at https://goo.gl/forms/zW9olKKZwQFJlLcb2

Monday, March 20, 2017

Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Competition March 31 - April 1

Get ready to kick off National Poetry Month in style by joining us for the 94th annual Kathryn Irene Glascock ’22 Intercollegiate Poetry Contest! Poetry collections by this year’s distinguished judges, Ari Banias, Marilyn Chin, and Ronaldo V. Wilson, are now on display in the Stimson Room on Library level 6.

Display of books by this year's poet judges


Meet the judges in person during A Conversation with the Judges in the Stimson Room on Friday, March 31 at 3:00 pm.  Attend the competition itself later that evening at 8:00 pm in Gamble Auditorium. This year’s poet-contestants are:

Malini Gandhi '17, Yale University
Kwamesha Joseph '18, Fordham University
Anisha Pai '19, Mount Holyoke College
Emily Robidoux ’17, Smith College
Natalia Rodriguez '17, City College of New York

Come cheer them on! The announcement of the winner and Judges’ Reading from their own works will take place on Saturday, April 1 at 10:30 am in the Stimson Room.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Breaking the Black Box: How Algorithms Make Decisions About You

Please join us for another in our series of events focused on understanding how information and technology affect society at large. LITS will be hosting a Watch Party for: BREAKING THE BLACK BOX- How Algorithms Make Decisions About You.

Tuesday, January 31st from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Stimson Room (6th Floor of the Williston Library), Mount Holyoke College

Here's some background from the event homepage:
Algorithms are everywhere, sifting through information to determine the curated news we read, the prices we pay for goods and services, and even which people are most compatible for us to date. But often we don’t know how, exactly, machines are making these decisions. WNYC's Manoush Zomorodi joins forces with ProPublica to talk about their recent investigation, "Breaking the Black Box," and launch Note to Self's own latest project: “The Privacy Paradox,” a five-part podcast and audience engagement series designed to take the mystery out of digital privacy. Hear about how to protect your personal data, the hidden biases in algorithms, and ways we can peek inside black boxes and hold actual people accountable. With ProPublica senior reporter Julia Angwin, entrepreneur and writer Anil Dash and Microsoft researcher Solon Barocas.

More information can be found here. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

LITS is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. LITS’ event and exhibit spaces are wheelchair accessible. Please contact accessible-lits@mtholyoke.edu to request disability accommodations. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as early as possible.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Download older Moodle materials by January 30, 2017

In order to comply with copyright law, LITS must turn off student access to Moodle course sites a few weeks after grades are due.

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If you wish to save copies of any Moodle materials from a Fall 2016 course site, please do so by Monday, January 30, 2017.  If you have an extension and require access to a course site beyond this date, please contact the course instructor.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Study Break Tea!

Please join us for our annual Fall Study Break Tea on Wednesday, December 14 from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Stimson Room on library level 6.  We'll have snacks, caffeine, crafts (DIY cards, 3D snowflakes, button making), and good cheer.  Stop by for a much-deserved break that will help you to refuel and refocus. We hope to see you there!

Study Break Tea poster

Monday, November 28, 2016

DIY Cybersecurity: Solidarity Through Technology

"DIY Cybersecurity: Solidarity Through Technology" a talk with Noah Kelley
December 8, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Williston Library Reading Room, Mount Holyoke College

In response to topics raised by the recent election, LITS is launching a speaker series on information and technology issues which affect society at large.  Our first speaker is Noah Kelley, "DIY Cybersecurity: Solidarity Through Technology".

Noah Kelley

Noah has created the DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity and is the founder of HACK*BLOSSOM, an activist organization fighting for the safety and autonomy of marginalized users in digital spaces.  His work facilitates the exchange of technical resources, activist initiatives, personal writing, and artistic projects that foster an inclusive culture of technology.

In this talk, Noah will explore how personal relationships to technology can cultivate a culture that values safety and autonomy in digital spaces, especially in respect to threats of political oppression and personal harassment, as well as how technology can inform both institutional and personal activism.  He will discuss the current legal and cultural issues surrounding privacy, how cybersecurity plays a role in the addressing those issues, and how cybersecurity can be a launching point for creating enduring and resilient communities over the next few years. While he prioritizes the needs of women, people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and LGBTQ folks, his insights are applicable to everyone.

This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

LITS is committed to providing universal access to all of our events.  LITS’ event and exhibit spaces are wheelchair accessible.  Please contact accessible-lits@mtholyoke.edu to request disability accommodations.  We ask that requests for accommodations be made as early as possible.