I was unsure about how to go about surveying the technological resources available at SUNY Geneseo. Indeed, I was overall unsure about what the content of this blog post was precisely meant to entail. Even so, actually going to our library and speaking with the workers there about what pieces of equipment were available to check out sounded unpleasant, mostly because, at Geneseo, that entails walking up an incredibly steep hill in what are currently rather slippery conditions. So, I went to the website for Geneseo’s Milne Library and started poking around.
After spending way too much time finding the same three pieces of information about the library’s services that were completely useless to me, I stumbled upon our library’s policies page. This page does not sound at all useful, but it does contain the amount of time that items can be checked out for, which just so happens to also mean including a list of available equipment because of the highly variable checkout times. Here, I found quite a few pieces of physical equipment which could possibly be of use to us, as well as the fact that our library apparently allows you to check out a card reader for a four hour period for whatever reason.
The available equipment at Geneseo that could be of some use to us includes three different video cameras that I have no idea what the difference between is, a tripod that hopefully would work for whichever one we used if that was necessary, a snowball microphone, and objects such as various video adapters that sound potentially useful if I had any idea what that meant.
In addition to the physical equipment that Geneseo has available, potentially even more useful, and something I have already used quite a bit both for this project and not, is the vast variety of databases that my school pays for access to. That being said, the period for which databases were useful for gathering information is for us likely over, but they were worth mentioning.
At this point, I am unsure what else to cover here. I suppose I could go over the various online tools that Lauren and I intend to use for the production of our website, including StoryMap JS or Google Maps, Timeline JS, WordPress (which should be obvious considering the nature of this post), Audacity, Coggle, and the like. StoryMap or Google Maps will make a very aesthetically appealing and useful show of the locations of the various challenges to The Golden Compass, with Audacity being useful for potential audio editing, Coggle for a nice visual overview and planning for our website (that will not actually be visible, and simply useful for our purposes), and WordPress for obvious publishing and website creation purposes.