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iPads Now Available for Check-out

iPadsThe Library now has iPads for student use in the Library. If you want to use one, just come to the Circulation Desk and check one out with your Library card and a photo ID (student ID, driver's license, etc.). Use them in the Library to check your e-mail, do research, or just to relax.

iPad guidelines:

  • 3-hour time limit
  • iPads must stay in the Library
  • Available for COD students, faculty, and staff
  • $10/hour overdue fine

And don't forget, we still have laptops and technology equipped group study rooms for checkout as well.

Open Source Software

Open Source InitiativeAn early and prominent example of the open access movement is open source software. Open source software is software that has no copyright restrictions on the source code. It is developed by volunteers and redistributed at no cost. Anyone with the proper technical expertise can contribute to the development and refinement of the software. Open source software has similar (and sometimes superior) functionality as compared with proprietary counterparts making it a great alternative to costly software packages.

Prominent examples of open source software include the Firefox browser; the OpenOffice office suite; the Linux, FreeBSD Unix, and Android operating systems; the Apache web server; the MySQL database management system; and the Blender 3-D design tool. And there are millions of other open source programs--many of which you probably use every day.

Because open source software saves consumers money while facilitating rapid, agile software development, the open source movement continues to thrive and grow as a software development model. From the millions of open source repositories on GitHub to corporate giant Google releasing its mobile operating system as open source software, there are only signs that open source software will only increase its share of the software industry.

Further reading:
Open Source Initiative
The OSI maintains the official definition of open source and provides extensive information about open source licensing and standards.
Open source software on wikipedia
Information about the development and history of open source software
Don't Spend a Dime (e-book)
This e-book outlines open source alternatives to common, everyday software use. (You must have a COD Library card to access this title from off-campus.)
Free and open source software
A comprehensive list of alternatives to commercial software

Live Stream Senator Biss' Open Access Keynote

Senator Daniel BissClose your Open Access Week by live streaming Senator Daniel Biss' closing address at NIU's Open Access Week symposium. Senator Biss is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1900--the Illinois Open Access to Research Articles Act--that requires institutions of higher learning in Illinois to develop policies that facilitate open, free access to tax-payer funded research.

The keynote runs from 2:30-3:30 pm, on Friday, Oct. 25., and can be accessed for free on the NIU livestream site.

The Mobile Book

Smashing Mag's Mobile Book is here!
Cover of the Mobile Book

The Mobile Book features the most important things that you need to know as a designer, developer or mobile strategist for your websites. You’ll dive deep into the peculiarities of the mobile industry, explore responsive design strategy, design patterns and optimization techniques, learn about wireframing and prototyping for mobile as well as the guidelines for designing with gestures and touch. As an extra, the book provides insights into the popular platforms such as iOS, Windows Phone etc. as well as introduces developing and debugging techniques for advanced HTML5 Web applications.

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