How To Unplug (Updated)

Based off of an essay by Tristan Harris:

“How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist”

Additional reading from Ian Leslie:

“Why it’s vital to switch that podcast off occasionally and let yourself get bored”

Direct link to slides:

Copyright-free Media

Many people use images, movie clips, and music every day in various ways. If you want to find media that is free and open to use then this blog post is for you!

Copyright varies from country to country but usually has a long lifetime, especially in the U.S. Materials that are in the public domain are no longer protected by copyright and are open and free to use. And Creative Commons is a way for artists and any kind of creators to declare their own copyright restrictions on their work, usually in a way that makes it easy for others to reuse their works.

The following are resources that contain copyright-free materials that are available for use in your projects. They may be in the public domain or they may be under some type of Creative Commons license, including CC0 (“No Rights Reserved”). It’s always up to you to determine the ways you can use, reuse, or remix content, but these sites help provide you with materials that are generally copyright-free.

Multiple media resources: This site makes it easy to search for Creative Commons-licensed materials across many other websites, including ones exclusively focused on music, images, and video.

Internet Archive: This is a non-profit collection of books, movies, software, music, and more. It also saves various webpages over time in the “Internet Archive Wayback Machine.”


dig CC mixter: This website helps users to create and share mixes and samples that are Creative Commons-licensed.

Wikipedia Sound/list: Wikipedia provides access to a wide range of music that is either in the public domain or Creative Commons-licensed. While the site indicates that the music is “free,” it is important to note that this is not synonymous with “in the Public Domain,” so you will need to review the license information for the music to ensure you attribute it properly.

FreeSound: This is a great site for finding sound effects, noises, and other audio samples. It requires registration to download audio files, but registration is free.

University of Texas – Digital History: This site contains historical music for educational use that their research has indicated is copyright free. Much of it is older recordings of popular music.

Images: Photographers donate high-definition photos to these sites for anyone to use for any purpose.


Powerpoint Animations

Below are sample PowerPoint files showing simple animations for advertising purposes. In PowerPoint you can “Export” these files as videos for display on digital signs.

Simple Animation 1

Simple Animation 2 with Video

Simple Animation 3

And here are documents showing the menu items used in PowerPoint for animations and step-by-step instructions on how to create a simple animation.

Creating text animation with PowerPoint

Creating text animation with PowerPoint – step by step

Coding Interest Group


  • Background and formation of the group

The Coding Interest Group was started at the Library in February 2016 as a way for interested staff to learn about computer programming. After a foray into learning HTML and CSS via textbook and online courses, the group shifted to proposing, planning, and executing technology projects that could benefit the Library, including projects on digital signage and an intranet using Raspberry Pi units.

  • How we approached learning HTML & CSS

HTML and CSS: A Visual Quickstart Guide

Codecademy HTML & CSS


  • Raspberry Pi & Linux

Raspberry Pi 3 Kit

  • Digital signage project
  • Collaboration software for code sharing and version control

  • Publications and presentations stemming from the Coding Interest Group

“The Practice of Solidarity: Forming a Collaborative Coding Interest Group at AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library,” A co-authored chapter in Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Tips and Techniques for Advancing within Your Mission, Eds. Peter Fernandez and Kelly Tilton, ACRL Publications | Expected Spring 2017