Nobody puked, fainted or went into convulsive fits. This may sound like a simple goal, but after my first time using the zooming presentation tool, Prezi, I am relieved to make those claims. Yesterday and today was the Upper Midwest CONTENTdm Users Group at the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota and I was in the last slot of the second day. The ability to create a visual trail of ideas in multiple layers and pathways hopefully added interest and clarity to the content during the sleepy afternoon hours between 2 and 3 o’clock. That same function can also be distracting, confusing, and make people woozy (in the worst cases) if it is used poorly and I hoped to avoid these effects.
Developing and managing a digital collection is a complex and circular process and I chose to demonstrate it using the lifecycle of the student newspaper collection. Thanks to Sara Ring and the planning committee for another conference of useful information and for the time to connect with fellow digital travelers.