Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Call for Reviewers: ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews

ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Needs You!
ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors are seeking volunteers to author reviews for the February 2015 issue. ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews connects readers with new technologies and the multimedia landscape. Reviews will target projects, products, events, and issues within the broad realm of multimedia and technology related to arts scholarship, research, and librarianship.
To volunteer, choose your review topic from the list below and complete our review form by Friday, December 5, 2014.
Contributing to ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews is a great opportunity to get involved with the Society, learn about interesting new resources, and help shape the publication. Please feel free to read the complete review guidelines and direct comments and questions about the reviews to
Submitted by ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors:
Hannah Bennett
Emilee Mathews
Elizabeth Schaub
Topics for Review
We seek reviewers for the following resources. The snippets are taken from the resource’s web page and are not necessarily the opinions of the M&T Reviews Co-Editors. The sections in italics denote considerations for access to the resource, or prompts that the co-editors will want the potential reviewer to focus on when reviewing the resource.
The editors of the M&T Reviews are happy to answer questions about any of these selections so feel free to contact them ( The submission deadline for reviews is Friday, January 9, 2015.
List of resources to be reviewed for February 2015 publication:
Archigram Archival Project
“The Archigram Archival Project makes the work of the seminal architectural group Archigram available free online for public viewing and academic study. The project was run by EXP, an architectural research group at the University of Westminster. It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and made possible by the members of Archigram and their heirs, who retain copyright of all images.”
American Planning Association: Podcasts
“Interested in urban design or the work of noted urbanist Jane Jacobs? These topics and much more are addressed in these fine podcasts from the American Planning Association (APA). The podcasts are updated on a semi-regular basis and visitors will note that some of the more recent offerings include conversations with author Tony Hiss about ‘deep travel’ and a panel discussion on streetscape modifications in inner-ring suburbs. Currently the site includes over two dozen podcasts and visitors who work in planning and allied fields will find much to enjoy. Folks with an interest in sustainability should look over the ‘Green Community’ podcast series where they will find conversations about green parking garages, density issues, and crafting meaningful bike share programs. Additionally, there is a place on the site where visitors can pass along suggestions for future podcasts”
Domestic Interiors Database
The Domestic Interiors Database is a major outcome from a broad-ranging analytical survey of the ways in which the interior has been represented since the Renaissance in Western Europe and North America.
A search engine that does not track you; "CEO Gabriel Weinberg introduced a sweeping and beautiful redesign for DuckDuckGo, complete with contextual information you've come to expect from modern search engines. The overhauled engine can now return videos, images, definitions, local places, and Knowledge Graph-like bursts of basic biographical information--dubbed "instant answers"--when you search for topics, all via an attractive image-driven carousel at the top of the results.Text links have also been subtly tweaked, with a more uniform look and a flatter, cleaner aesthetic. The home page also looks slightly different, and has new buttons at the bottom. Sure, there isn't much here that you won't find in Google or Bing, but the revamp finally makes DuckDuckGo competitive with those two on more than privacy alone." - PC World on May 07, 2014
“Giphy is the best way to search, share, and discover GIFs on the Internet. Similar to the way other search engines work, the majority of our content comes from indexing based on the best and most popular GIFs and search terms across the web. We organize all those GIFs so you can find the good content easier and share it out through your social channels. We also feature some of our favorite GIF artists and work with brands to create and promote their original GIF content.”
*please note: reviewer will need to download the free app on an iPhone with iOS 7.0 or later.*
Journal of e-Media Studies
Based at Dartmouth College, the Journal of e-Media Studies is a peer-reviewed, online journal dedicated "to the scholarly study of the history and theory of electronic media, especially television and New Media.” First-time visitors can learn about its editorial board, submission guidelines, and much more from this site. Clicking on the Current Issue tab will bring up the most recent issue, which presently includes essays, such as "Computational Cultures after the Cloud" and “’Dark Mass,’ or the Problems with Creative Cloud Labor.” Also, each issue contains a series of Conversations with scholars and the like on a myriad of matters, including software studies and Occupy Wall Street.
A usability card sorting software: "If you have a medium to large website, intranet, online shop or knowledge base then you will benefit from using OptimalSort. Card sorting will help you to understand the product groups or categories.”
*Please note: Reviewer will need to sign up for a free plan.
Elizabeth Berenz