We’ve all heard it said that these are “strange and unprecedented times.” In all the turmoil, it’s important to step away from the news and find fun ways to keep busy or activities to engage with our families or roommates. That’s why we’ve compiled a healthy diversions guide you can use for entertainment and enrichment during COVID-19. The library may be closed, but we’re still here to provide you with the resources you need to excel in any circumstance. If you have ideas about activities to include, you can reach out to Paula Deroy. Her contact information is on the guide.
Did you know that many of the audio, video, and photo editing programs offered in the Digital Media Studio have an open source alternative? The term “open source” refers to software and source code that can be adapted and distributed online for free (although funding and coding contributions to the project are usually welcome). OpenOffice is an example of open source software that’s comparable to Microsoft Office.
If you want to learn a new skill, brush up on some dormant ones, or need an alternative to some of the more well-known photo, video, and audio editing programs, explore the software linked below. Most of these programs are available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux (except where noted) and a few of them are browser-based which means that you don’t have to download any additional software. Best of all, these open-source programs offer many of the same features present in proprietary software such as Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro.
Have you come across any other open source video, photo, and audio editing programs? Let us know in the comments!
Create and edit videos
Edit photos and images
Record and edit audio
- Audio Tool (Chrome only)
- WavePad (Non-commercial version available for Windows)
- Soundation (Chrome only)
Create and edit animations
Note: The websites below offer free and paid features and are not considered to be open source. Although they are free to use, many of the advanced features require a monthly or annual subscription.
Free or Low Cost Internet Access
Step one for academic success as NOVA classes move to remote learning is access to the internet. Many internet providers offer low cost packages based on need but during this time of the COVID-19 virus, some are offering free WiFi packages for 60 days. For NOVA students, that covers the time span that the college has declared for remote learning as classes will resume normally starting April 4th (as of this posting). Additionally, many cellular providers have raised user’s data capacity to Unlimited for 60 days.
For a list of major internet providers and mobile carrier’s offers, check out this PDF-WiFi_Data Plans (links to all listed resources are at the bottom of the post).
As with anything, take extra precautions when using public hotspots or public wifi as it’s an unsecured network. Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission on protecting your information while using public WiFi. For providers offering free or low cost internet, make sure to read the fine print and understand any caveats.
NOVA also offers many services to students who qualify through our Single Stop office! There, they can connect you to resources regarding money, food, health, education, work, legal, immigration, and housing. Continue reading Staying Connected to Your Academic Support Team
What is Open Education Week?
Open Education Week is a week-long celebration and awareness event of resources that are free and accessible to learners. These resources are called Open Educational Resources (OER) and can include books, textbooks, software, and tools.
Why is it important?
By choosing OERs, teachers can help remove barriers that might prevent students from further understanding and excelling in their coursework. Even the price of materials coupled with the cost of tuition could be seen as a deterrent from enrolling for some students.
How does the library support OER?
Nova libraries help support students and faculty by providing current and relevant materials in the form of print books, online books, journals, and online databases. These are accessible and FREE to ensure that the most up to date research is available as a foundation for a high caliber curriculum.
Another way that NOVA libraries remove barriers is by providing calculators (4 function, scientific, and graphing) for checkout, as well as leading laptops from our kiosk (Dell and Apple), and offering short term rentals on professional grade cameras, camcorders, and microphones with various accessories.
SOME (not all) textbooks and workbooks are available for short term rental from the circulation desk via our Course Reserves.
For those who are interested in or pursuing fields that lean towards technology, the Annandale Library offers a Digital Media Studio (click here to reserve) complete with the Adobe Creative Cloud (previously Adobe Creative Suite), Photo Booth, iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, Audacity, as well as numerous other programs. Click here for the full list of programs.
As always, please stop by or call the Annandale Library at 703-323-3128 if you have any questions about the FREE resources available to you.
Through The Library of Virginia, a collection of primary narratives from African-American voices has been digitized and formed into:
From here, readers can find firsthand accounts from free or enslaved persons, images, as well as official government documents. Through the compilation of these records, the story of free and/or enslaved people’s lives are able to be remembered but it is through their own writings and words that they are able to take back the narrative as their own.
The Annandale Campus Lyceum Committee Present the 2020 Black History Month Lyceum Speech “Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative Digital Collection” Meet Gregory Crawford, local records program manager from the Library of Virginia who will present his highly sought after work on Virginia Untold.
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Location: Annandale Campus, Ernst Center Forum
*If you are unable to make the event, come by the Annandale Library to view the Virginia Untold display and peruse the database!