5 Windows Logo Key Shortcuts to Improve Productivity

windows-logoThe University Libraries’ Desktop Support Specialist Matt Davis shares his 5 favorite Windows Logo Key shortcuts. When used alone, the Windows key will open up the Start menu, but when combined with other keys, it does so much more.

Below are 5 helpful Windows Logo key shortcuts that will make you more productive.

  1.  Windows Logo key + D
    • Minimize everything, showing you the desktop.
    • Bonus! Windows Logo key + Space
    • Allows you to preview your Desktop without actually minimizing any applications.
  2. Windows Logo key + L
    • Lock your screen, ensuring no one can access your computer without your password while you step away.
  3. Windows Logo key + arrow keys (← →)
    • Neatly move your active window to only take up 50% of the left or right side of your window.
  4. Windows Logo key + Tab
    • Works like Alt+Tab but gives you a nice visual to help you see the active programs as you shuffle through them.
  5. Windows Logo key + E
    1. Open a new instance of Windows Explorer showing you any CD/DVD, flash drive, or network share installed.


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Ball State University Libraries Exhibits the Cartoons of Robert Cunningham

Cunningham photo 1A new Ball State Archives and Special Collections exhibit features the original drawings and cartoons of former Muncie mayor, businessman, and cartoonist Robert G. Cunningham. Drawing on Muncie: The Cartoons and the Civic and Cultural Contributions of Robert Cunningham runs from April 6, 2015 to May 30, 2015 on the second floor of Bracken Library.

In 2005, the obituaries, memorials and remembrances of Robert G. Cunningham reflected the extraordinary life of an impactful and respected Muncie citizen.  Cunningham has been described as a kind and generous man who always remained grounded in his values.  Each facet of his life displayed these remarkable qualities.

Cunningham photo 2Cunningham’s artistic abilities emerged while he was stationed with the Army in Germany in the late 1940s.  Upon returning, he attended the Washington School of Art.  Cunningham’s cartooning hobby was often juxtaposed with his professional career.  For instance, many of his grocery advertisements and political campaigns incorporated his drawings.  During his later years, he authored and illustrated a series of books, Growing Up in Middletown, U.S.A.: A Book About Those Wonderful Nostalgic Time of Days Gone By, and also made regular cartoon contributions to the Muncie Evening Press in a guest column titled “Cunningham’s Corner.”

In 1949, Cunningham opened the Red Front Grocery.  The store remained open until he purchased Cunningham’s Market in 1969.  His local grocery store was not only a small business impacting the local community, but a place where he helped community members who experienced financial difficulty.

Eventually, Cunningham’s time as a grocer gave way to his political career.  Cunningham closed his grocery business in 1976 upon becoming Mayor.  As an active member of the Democratic Party, Cunningham served on the Muncie City Council from 1956 to 1959, 1964 to 1971, and 1974 to 1975; was Mayor of Muncie from 1976 to 1979; and served as Center Township Assessor from 1983 to 1993.  He is remembered as being a “man of the people.”

The Robert Cunningham papers consist of records documenting the personal and professional life of Robert Cunningham including records from the City of Muncie Office of the Mayor created during Cunningham’s tenure as mayor, political campaign materials, local newspaper clippings, scrapbooks from Cunningham’s political and personal life, original and printed cartoons drawn by Cunningham, and local history publications and photographs that were collected by Cunningham. Some of the materials in the collection were collected by Cunningham’s family after his death.

For more information about this collection, contact Ball State University Archives and Special Collections at libarchives@bsu.edu or 765-285-5078.

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Digital Media Repository System Upgrade

The University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository (DMR) system was upgraded to CONTENTdm 6.10 on March 4, 2015. The DMR is the foundation for the digital library program in the University Libraries. In addition to important system component updates, these other enhancements are part of CONTENTdm 6.10:

  • Improved facet searching for students and faculty.
  • Improved CSS to address browser caching issues.
  • Updated Project Client for digital library personnel.
  • Finding Aid (EAD) custom tags are preserved in the HTML header tag.

Visit the Digital Media Repository at http:\\libx.bsu.edu.  The Digital Media Repository is a project of the Ball State University Libraries.

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Ball State University Libraries Exhibit Highlights Prominent African American Lecturers and Performers at Ball State University

Comedian and political activist Dick Gregory campaigning for President at Ball State in 1968.

Comedian and political activist Dick Gregory campaigning for President at Ball State in 1968.

What do Coretta Scott King and Stevie Wonder have in common? Throughout its history, Ball State University has been fortunate to host many famous and influential speakers and performers such as King and Wonder.  Starting on February 9, Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections will present an exhibit entitled Presentations of Cultural Diversity: Prominent African American Lecturers & Performers at Ball State University, 1964-1983.

The exhibit in recognition of Black History Month highlights visits to Ball State by noted African-American politicians, civil rights activists, actors, authors, educators, and singers. The spread of the acceptance of cultural diversity that ignited America in the 1960s and continued to expand with each passing decade is reflected in these presentations and events held on Ball State’s campus.

Actress Ruby Dee and actor Ossie Davis with a group of Ball State students during a poetry reading and speaking engagement in 1978.

Actress Ruby Dee and actor Ossie Davis with a group of Ball State students during a poetry reading and speaking engagement in 1978.

Located on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library outside of Archives and Special Collections, the display will continue through March 27, 2015. For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or libarchives@bsu.edu.

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Be Aware of Suspicious Emails

University Libraries was alerted that some members of the Ball State community received an email message stating their library account was soon to expire.  The email said to reactivate the account by clicking on a web address included in the message. This was a phishing scam and the campus Office of Information Security took steps block access to the phony site.

Sadly, scams are a daily part of life with the Internet.  This recent attempt serves as a reminder that one should always be suspicious of unsolicited email, especially when prompted to supply personal identity or financial information.   If you are in doubt about the authenticity of a message represented to be from University Libraries, please contact Access Services at 765-285-5143.

The Office of Information Security Services also provides a range of information and tips about phishing scams, including what to look for, practice tests and examples of current versions:

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National GIS Day at the University Libraries

On Wednesday, November 19th, the BSU GIS Knowledge Group, in collaboration with the University Libraries, will be hosting  GIS Workshops in honor of National GIS Day.

All workshops will be held in BL224 (the GIS Research and Map Collection), and will be open to students, faculty and staff.

Reservations aren’t required, but appreciated.  Please contact Angie Gibson at asgibson2@bsu.edu if you would like to register in advance.

11:00-11:45 ArcGIS Online  Instructor: Angie Gibson, Ball State University Libraries

This presentation will outline ArcGIS Online features are available to faculty, staff and students, and how to access them. During this session attendees will learn how to:

  • Obtain access to the BSU ArcGIS Online account and set up class groups
  • How to add and search for content.
  • How to use analysis tools within ArcGIS Online
  • What apps are available within ArcGIS Online (Business Analyst Online, ArcGIS Collector, Community Analyst, ArcGIS Pro)

1:00 – 2:00  ArcPad Basics Instructor: Joel Bump, State of Indiana

A high level demonstration of how to use ArcPad for field inventory. The demo will involve:

  • Defining an item that a user would wish to go in the field and inventory
  • Setup a data file (shapefile) and related form
  • Setup a basic map for ArcPad
  • Collect data points
  • Finally bring the data back to ArcMap.

2:00 – 3:00  Advanced ArcPad  Instructor: Joel Bump, State of Indiana

This is a discussion on the more advance topics of ArcPad which will be more interactive with the audience to answer their questions.  Topics may include (depending on the audience questions):

  • Custom Form/Code development
  • Alternative data sources (ArcSDE, ArcServer, ArcGIS Online)
  • Integration of photos and related tables
  • Integration of various hardware options (GPS pucks, range finders, data collectors)
  • Real time or post processing GPS corrections
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New Platform for Cardinal Scholar

The Ball State University Libraries applied a major upgrade to the Cardinal Scholar institutional repository system on October 19.   Cardinal Scholar, a system providing access to scholarly works and institutional records for Ball State University, is a project of the University Libraries.

New features available in the updated version of Cardinal Scholar include:

  • Easier and improved deposit process
  • “Browse by” Department and Advisor for Thesis and Dissertations
  • Rotating images on the homepage
  • Improved authentication process
  • Record counts next to community and collection links
  • Breadcrumb trail at the top of the page
  • Improved record display design
  • And many others

Visit Cardinal Scholar at http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu today.   Cardinal Scholar is based on DSpace open source software.

– Bradley Faust, Assistant Dean for Library Information Technology Services

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Harnessing the Power of 3D Technologies for Library and Archives Collections

University Libraries personnel in the Architecture Library and Drawings + Documents Archives recently published an article in the Architecture Section of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) blog.

The piece focuses on use of 3D modeling and printing technology to augment collections, engage students, and raise the profile of these collections.

You can read more about these initiatives by viewing the article on the ARLIS/NA’s Architecture Section blog.

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University Libraries Rolls out New Version of OneSearch for Students and Faculty

OneSearchOn August 6, the OneSearch discovery interface was upgraded to version 2.0. This edition of OneSearch includes:

  • Topic Explorer feature that provides background information on 50,000 topics including information from local subject guides,
  • Improved facets for better search refinement,
  • Automated query expansion, and
  • FLOW which allows students and researchers to save, share, and access citations and full-text articles from OneSearch/Summon from any web browser.

OneSearch indexes records from CardCat, the Digital Media Repository, Cardinal Scholar, and all the major academic databases available from the University Libraries as well academic content from other quality sources.

– Bradley Faust, Assistant Dean for Library Information Technology Services

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University Libraries Present Student’s Exhibit on The ABC’s Of Fashion


Ball State University graduate student Lauren Bronowski has created a unique exhibit, The ABC’s Of FASHION, for Archives and Special Collections from her final honor’s thesis submission.

The thesis abstract describes her project in this way: “Illuminated manuscripts, ornately illustrated texts, were popular in the Middle Ages.  The ABCs of Fashion is a modern take on illuminated manuscripts.  It combines the design of typography with fashion. Each letter of the alphabet represents a fashion-related term that is then illustrated and defined. Various media were used to complete the illustrations- markers, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and Adobe Illustrator, a computer aided design software.  The project was created to fuse passions and education while pushing the limits of ability.”

Lauren’s display can be viewed in the exhibit cases on the north side of Archives and Special Collections on the second floor of Bracken Library (BL210) from June 9, 2014 to July 5, 2014. For more information, call 285-5078 or email libarchives@bsu.edu.

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