Posted on July 9th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
Posted on September 22nd, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is a shared off-air TV/radio recording and media archive service.
Students and staff at the University of Lincoln can use BoB to record forthcoming television and radio programmes as well as retrieving programmes from the previous week. There’s a help guide for BoB, as well as these instructions on scheduling your own recordings.
Warning: provision of access to off-air recordings (via BoB or otherwise) is governed by the terms of the ERA Plus Licence. This licence allows the University to stream certain TV/radio programmes to students, via Blackboard, for the purposes of learning, teaching, and academic research: but only to computers within the UK. This means that links from Blackboard to programmes on BoB will not be accessible to students who live, or are travelling, overseas.
Here’s how to create links for your students from within a Blackboard Site to individual TV/radio programmes in BoB:
- Log in to BoB. This in itself is a somewhat involved process. Here are some instructions.
- Locate the programme you want to link to, by searching the BoB archive (or by selecting a programme you have already saved to ‘My Bob‘). Click on the title of the programme in the search results to view the page for that programme.
- Copy the URL (web address) of the programme page, by selecting the address bar and holding down Ctrl+C. The URL will be in the format: http://bobnational.net/programme.php?archive=xxxxx&view=flash_player (…where “xxxxx” is BoB’s internal archive ID number for the programme.)
- Log in to Blackboard. Go to the point in your Blackboard Site where you want to link to the programme. Use the Blackboard ‘Build Content’ menu to add a URL.
- In the Blackboard ‘Create URL’ page, fill the the following information: give the link a Name (this is the text that will appear to students). Paste in the URL (web address) of the programme that you copied from BoB in step 3. Also, under the terms of the ERA Plus Licence you must paste the following HTML code into the Description:
(Use the <> button on the Blackboard text editor to switch to the ‘HTML Source mode’ before you paste the code in.) You might—especially if your course has a significant number of distance learners or overseas students—want to add a line about the programme only being available to view in the UK. You can add any additional descriptive text you want, underneath the non-commercial educational purposes disclaimer.
- Still within the Blackboard ‘Create URL’ page, scroll down to the option marked ‘Open in New Window’ and select ‘Yes‘. If you don’t do this, your students may not be able to log in to BoB. Finally, hit ‘Submit’.
Your students will now be able to see a link to the programme in Blackboard. When they click on the link, BoB National will open in a new window. If they’re not already logged in, they will be asked to log in by typing the name of their university, and clicking a ‘Go to login’ button. They will then be able to view/listen to the programme.
That’s it! For help with this process, please contact your subject librarian, or email: email@example.com
(P.S. You may spot that BoB National also provides an iframe ‘embed’ code, designed to embed the video within the web page directly. Don’t use this code. It won’t work properly in Blackboard.)
Posted on July 29th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
In searching the web the other day, I found this, from 2007. When I was a subject librarian I used to create one of these new book lists every month, writing the HTML and CSS in Notepad. It was time-consuming, but it meant I got to know the collection inside-out.
Posted on July 12th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
I don’t blog about Microsoft SharePoint much. (SharePoint 2003 is the technology behind the University of Lincoln’s Portal system.) But here’s a useful tip I’ve found: sometimes, when I’m editing a SharePoint Content Editor web part using the HTML source editor, I make a mistake – this tends to completely freeze the Portal site, and I often can’t even get back into the source editor to correct my mistake.
When this happens, I use a special SharePoint “Manage Web Part” page which lists all the web parts in that site. I can then delete the offending web part containing my botched code, and start again.
For a Portal site with the URL:
The shared “Manage Web Part” page can be accessed at:
It’s a useful hack. SharePoint 2003 says: “Use this page to close Web Parts on your page, restore defaults to Web Parts, or delete Web Parts from your page. The following Web Parts are on your page. To modify the page, select one or more Web Parts and then select an action.“
Posted on May 9th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
The University of Lincoln are advertising for a subject librarian with a web services / mashup flavour.
Excerpts from the job description:
“To provide effective support for and work closely with the Lincoln School of Computer Science and the School of Engineering”
“Take responsibility for developing and maintaining the Library’s web presence”
“Provide support for students using specialist software”
“Experience of manipulating data through web services and APIs”
“Good knowledge of HTML and XML”
See the full job description (pdf). The University has an online applications system. Closing date is 23 May 2011.
Posted on December 7th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp
I’ve been working on a little website for the University of Lincoln’s resident statistician, John Flynn, to promote to students (and their lecturers) the services of the Lincoln Maths and Statistics Support Centre.
It’s [yet another] WordPress site on the University’s blogging / self-publishing platform, ‘themed’ with the University’s new-ish CWD (Common Web Design) template.
The support centre itself operates out of the GCW University Library (“Learning Development” suite) three days a week, and helps students with assessment worries and analysis for project work. Related: sigma – Centre for Excellence in Mathematics & Statistics Support.
The website is at: http://mathsandstats.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/