In this challenging time, it is more important than ever to learn to think critically. The library has launched a new Fake News Research Guide (or LibGuide), with videos, websites, articles, a tab dedicated to COVID-19 materials, and numerous other resources to help you get started on your information literacy journey. Think you’re already a fake news expert? Test your skills in the Games and Challenges tab!
Check out the new LibGuide here: https://uregina.libguides.com/c.php?g=715959&p=5105525
Finishing up the semester and continuing research has had many unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Did you know that there is an Emergency Library to help? With a huge variety of materials in numerous languages, the EL is a unique opportunity to access information.
Music can be a perfect way to de-stress during this challenging time, especially for study breaks. Many musicians across Canada and around the world are offering live concert streaming, and it’s a chance to see amazing concerts and other performances! Some are paid streaming services, but many offer free trials or have entirely free sections. Check out these great viewing and listening opportunities and calendars:
If you can’t watch the livestreams at the time they occur, remember that many of these groups post the recordings afterwards. Performances are also being updated constantly, so keep checking back to these sites for more opportunities!
It seems like the whole world is suddenly living on Zoom. Here are a few tips on making the most of your Zoom experience.
Are you in a meeting or class and someone has their mic on in a room with lots of background noise but they don’t realize it? The meeting host can hit ⌘Cmd+Ctrl+M (PC: Alt+M) to mute everyone on the call at once. This saves trying to figure out where the distraction is coming from in a large group.
Keep myVideo Off and Microphone Muted
Want to always join a meeting with your video off and microphone muted? You can go to settings and under “audio” check the box for mute microphone when joining a meeting. A similar option for video is available under the “video” option from the settings menu. This way you can join the meeting now, and turn on your mic or camera when you are ready.
Did you know that participants can annotate a screen share? Users can type text, draw shapes, circle or underline items on the screen, or stamp shapes beside items as a few examples. To annotate a screen that’s being shared, look for a green bar at the top indicating the screen is being shared and click on the menu just to the right of this and look for the annotate option. This will open a toolbar with the various annotation options. As the person sharing the screen you can annotate as well, just move your mouse to the top of the screen and the screen share menu will descend, including the annotate option. If you hover over “more” with your mouse a menu will appear that includes the option of disabling annotation by users.
Appearance Touch Up
Worried about your appearance but can’t get away with just not sharing video? In Settings > Video, check “Touch up my appearance,” and Zoom will soften the focus on your camera, theoretically minimizing any issues with your skin.
Start Zoom Automatically
Do you open Zoom first thing every time you turn on your computer these days? In Settings > General click the box for “start Zoom when I start Windows.” This will save you seconds of precious time each morning J
Busy multitasking by reading e-mail during a meeting when the host suddenly calls on you and you have to scramble to get back to Zoom to unmute your mic before it’s obvious you were doing something else? Go to settings and find the keyboard shortcuts menu. You can both change the keyboard shortcuts for specific actions as well as turn on “enable global shortcut” so that the keyboard shortcut will work even when you are not in Zoom. This way you can unmute yourself from your e-mail app and start talking as you get yourself back to Zoom.
Final exams are now upon us. This time is stressful under the best of circumstances, but students – and faculty – are now faced with the added challenge of adapting to an entirely online mode of learning.
The Archer Library recognizes the importance of taking time to de-stress, regroup, and refresh during these difficult times. While we can’t be there for you face-to-face, we wanted to provide you with some virtual distractions.
You may be feeling a bit of cabin fever, so why not take yourself on a virtual vacation? You deserve it!
Walk among the ruins of Machu Picchu, visit an empty Sistine Chapel, or tour some of the world’s most famous museums here.