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#ResearchProTips - Past Library Workshops: Creating a Digital Book with Scalar

Library Drop-In Workshops Offered in the Past - Useful Notes and Links

Takeaways

Learn how to use Scalar to create a multimedia digital book

1. Learn how to create an account and navigate the dashboard

All design work in Scalar runs through their dashboard. We'll talk our way through the various tabs and their potential uses for pedagogical and/or research projects.

2. Learn how to create and edit pages

In Scalar, everything is a page. We'll step through the basic options in setting pages for your digital book. 

3. Learn how to import/link to media

We will discuss the copyright implications of using various media in Scalar and demonstrate how the platform makes sharing content easy and relatively copyright-headache free.

4. Learn how to annotate all of your objects

Scalar allows users to annotate audio clips with video, or text pages with audio. Virtually any combination is possible.

5. Learn how to build relationships between objects

Because everything has its own page, Scalar has a flat ontology allowing authors to build a variety of relationships between its content types. These can be tags or even circuitous paths. 

6. Display visualizations of your content

Scalar has native capabilities that allow authors to see dynamic visual representations of the relationships between their content types (using, e.g., tags and paths).

7. Learn how to add users and navigate permissions for your book

From author to editor and reviewer, learn how to limit and grant access for your Scalar book for collaborative creation or peer review. 

 

Example Scalar Project: Performing Archive

Resources for learning more

General Resources

Scalar's User Guide

http://scalar.usc.edu/works/guide2/index

 

Recorded Webinars (Beginner & Intermediate)

http://scalar.usc.edu/webinars/past-webinars/

 

Create an Account (Direct Link)

http://scalar.usc.edu/works/system/register?‚Äč

 

Faculty-Specific Resources

Helpful article about DH tools in the classroom (see especially the "Tool Selection and Use" section)

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2014/10/practicing-collaborative-digital-pedagogy-to-foster-digital-literacies-in-humanities-classrooms

 

Examples of Scalar being used in the classroom

http://www.jenterysayers.com/2012/scalar/

Presenter

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Catie Newton
Contact:
Digital Collections,
Lower 1, Andrews Library
330-263-2225