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Developing an Open Source Application for Managing EZproxy Configuration File

Denzer, J. (2018, October 10). Developing an Open Source Application for Managing EZproxy Configuration File. Access, Hamilton, Canada. [Peer-Reviewed]

There are very few presentations about managing and cleaning up the EzProxy configuration file. This presentation is not about best practices of managing a configuration file. This presentation is about a new Open Source application being developed to manage your configuration file.


Publishing Community Efforts and Solutions to Mitigate the Risks Sci-Hub Poses to Researchers, Librarians and Publishers

Denzer, J., Francis, S., Hamparian, D. (2018, November 7). Publishing Community Efforts and Solutions to Mitigate the Risks Sci-Hub Poses to Researchers, Librarians and Publishers. Charleston Library Conference, Charleston, South Carolina. [Invited Presenter]

Now more than ever the publishing and library community are facing threats of digital piracy. What can we do to minimize or possibly eliminate these infractions? A discussion about the collective efforts of publishers, libraries, and other organizations will cover how to protect electronic resources, personal data, and adopting best practices in order to survive in a world of hackers, thieves, and phishing attempts. We will address how these attacks can occur, what steps you can take to protect your library, and examples of other librarians that have had success in implementing these solutions.


NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Adding True SMS Service to an Integrated Library System (ILS)

Denzer, J.  (2015, February 25). NCompass Live: Tech Talk with         Michael Sauers: Adding True SMS Service to an Integrated Library System (ILS). Nebraska Library Commission’s, Online Presentation.

Many Libraries use SMS service to allow patrons to send call numbers from the Library’s integrated library system (ILS) to their mobile phones. The problem is that libraries use email to SMS gateways. Patrons are required to enter their carrier, which is cumbersome. Some carriers may not be listed. A better implementation would be to have patrons just enter their mobile number. This session will show librarians how to implement a true SMS gateway using Google Voice or any other SMS service that has an API. The integrated library system (ILS) that will be demonstrated is Aleph.


Leap Motion Applications: Rare Books and Language Immersion

Denzer, J., Andrus, B (2014, February 4). Leap Motion Applications: Rare Books and Language Immersion. EDUCAUSE: ELI Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. [Invited Speaker]

As rare books become more delicate over time, making them available to the public becomes harder. At Binghamton University Library, we have developed an application that makes it easier to view rare books without ever having to touch them. We have combined the Leap Motion hands-free device and 3D-rendered models to create a new virtual experience for the viewer. The application allows the user to rotate and zoom in on a 3D representation of a rare book. The user is also able to “open” the virtual book and flip through it using a natural user interface such as swiping the hand left or right to turn the page.

We’ll discuss the technologies used in developing the application and ways that any library could implement the application with virtually no coding at all. Come see a demo of the software and try the Rare Book Leap Motion app.


Digital Piracy: Best Practices for Librarians and IT Professionals

Denzer, J., Francis, S., Reller, T. (2018, March 6). Digital Piracy: Best Practices for Librarians and IT Professionals. Electronic Resources and Libraries, Austin, Texas.  [Invited Presenter]

The publishing community recognizes the current hurdles that librarians face on a daily basis with digital piracy (e.g. Sci-Hub). Therefore, as a group, we have assembled to develop tools and a communications workflow in order to make it easier to protect your electronic resources and the safety of the information of your students/staff. Before we officially role this out to the academic community, we would like to share with you and solicit your feedback.


Virtually Interacting with Books & Exhibits

Denzer, J., Andrus, B (2014, October 10). Virtually Interacting with Books & Exhibits. Internet Librarian, Monterey, California.

Juan Denzer and Ben Andrus from the Binghamton NY University Libraries described their Atenaeum in Motion (AIM) Project, which was initiated after the Dean of Libraries went to the National Library of China, saw a prototype newspaper reader using the Kinect system, and upon his return, asked the systems department if they could develop a similar system.  Juan investigated and found that Kinect required awkward motions to turn pages, so he tried a device by Leap Motion which was much smaller and better: the user just sits in front of a computer or screen and uses conventional hand motions to turn pages.  Juan therefore approached Ben to get content.

The Leap Motion system starts with original scans of rare book images to produce JPG files of images that are cropped as needed.  The scans are displayed on an overlay of a 3D book model; the user does not have to create the 3D objects.  Natural hand motions are used to turn pages, rotate the book, and zoom in and out.  The first photo below shows Ben in front of his laptop demonstrating the system, and the next two depict what he sees on his screen.


‘Kinect’-ing Patrons to Experience Digital Collections

Denzer, J., Andrus, B (2014, April 9). ‘Kinect’-ing Patrons to Experience Digital Collections. Computers in Libraries, Washington, District of Columbia.

This session discusses how technology is enabling users to interact with special collections. Binghamton University Libraries demonstrate its use of Microsoft Kinect and Leap Motion technology to create a natural user interface (NUI) that allows patrons to interact with collections and turn special collections and digital content into an interactive digital display. 


AR Magic Book – Connecting digital content with the natural feel of book

Denzer, J. (2016, June 1). AR Magic Book – Connecting digital content with the natural feel of book. Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) 2016 Annual Conference, Potsdam, New York.

Binghamton University Libraries developed the
AR Magic Book. It projects digital content onto a
blank book. Software recognizes which page a
user selects in real-time. ARMB displays the
proper page. Users flip pages the same way they
would with a real book. ARMB Project was
awarded a University grant to create a mobile
version the community may borrow it to
promote and educate users. This presentation
will discuss ways in which the ARMB can be used
for learning and a live demo.