Rochester Institute of Technology: Golisano collection at RIT Archives goes digital with new interactive exhibit

Rochester Institute of Technology: Golisano collection at RIT Archives goes digital with new interactive exhibit. “The B. Thomas Golisano collection at Rochester Institute of Technology Archives is going digital, with a new interactive online exhibit that celebrates the leader’s personal and professional legacy. The digital exhibit, called ‘Transformative Impacts: Archives of an Entrepreneur,’ introduces people to Tom Golisano and his path to becoming an entrepreneur and philanthropist.”

RIT News: RIT Cary Collection acquires archive of prominent printing historian; establishes research grant

RIT News: RIT Cary Collection acquires archive of prominent printing historian; establishes research grant. “The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology has received a donation of books and printing equipment from the estate of a noted historian of typography and early printing technologies. Stephen Saxe was an expert on American type foundries from the 19th century and a founding member of the American Printing History Association. His contributions to printing history set the standard for contemporary scholarship, according to Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, associate curator of the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection in the RIT Libraries.”

RIT: RIT building imaging systems to help libraries and museums uncover lost texts

RIT: RIT building imaging systems to help libraries and museums uncover lost texts. “Scientists from Rochester Institute of Technology are developing affordable imaging systems to help libraries and museums preserve and expand access to their historical collections. The project, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, aims to create a low-cost spectral imaging system and software that can be used to recover obscured and illegible text on historical documents.”

Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT/NTID wins coveted prize to create accessible books as part of global reading initiative

Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT/NTID wins coveted prize to create accessible books as part of global reading initiative . “Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of four international innovators selected to create cost-effective packages of high-quality accessible children’s books in languages children use and understand. The initiative, from All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development and the Global Book Alliance’s Begin With Books, enables the prize winners to collectively create thousands of leveled books in seven underserved spoken languages and nine sign languages, serving regions of the world where children have few or no books for preschool or kindergarten.”

Ask Me Anything: Promoting Archive Collections On Reddit (RIT Scholar Works)

RIT Scholar Works: Ask Me Anything: Promoting Archive Collections On Reddit. “Social media is an important marketing and outreach tool for many libraries. While Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are commonly used, Reddit is underutilized despite its popularity and high user engagement. Special collections can use Reddit to reach and engage with their target audiences, no matter how niche. This article explains how to use Reddit and host an event called ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA), using as a model a successful AMA hosted by archivists at the Rochester Institute of Technology.”

RIT News: Student MSD team recreates 16th century reading wheel

RIT News: Student MSD team recreates 16th century reading wheel . “Matt Nygren is a fifth-year mechanical engineering student who recently finished a unique multidisciplinary senior design project. Nygren worked with three other fifth-year mechanical engineering students, Ian Kurtz ’18, Reese Salen ’18 and Maher Abdelkawi, to recreate a piece of 16th century technology: Ramelli’s Rotating Reader.”

Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT/NTID’s Deaf Studies Archive receives grant to digitize rare videos about ASL poetry and literature

Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT/NTID’s Deaf Studies Archive receives grant to digitize rare videos about ASL poetry and literature. “Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will digitize and make publicly accessible more than 60 videotapes held in the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive that document the ASL poetry and literature movement in Rochester from 1970 through 2011. The digitized videos will be one of the largest collections of online publicly accessible rare ASL literature in the country.”

Indiana Drones: Unmanned aerial vehicle gives archeologist a cool tool (RIT)

RIT: Indiana Drones: Unmanned aerial vehicle gives archeologist a cool tool. “An off-the-shelf drone customized for archeological surveys by Rochester Institute of Technology students will be on exhibit at the 10th annual Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 6…. [Leah] Bartnik designed the imaging system that clips on to the drone and measures chlorophyll, or the green pigment in vegetation. Her system combines a regular camera and near infrared sensors to measure the green pigment reflected in different wavelengths of light. Low levels of chlorophyll are a clue that an object of interest might be obstructing the roots. The thermal camera in the imaging system provides additional information to support or disprove the hunch.”