Higher Education Webinars

Library Babel Fish

A college librarian's take on technology

July 6, 2011 - 10:00pm
Back in April, I wrote a bit cantankerously about my doubts that research papers as a genre are a particularly useful vehicle for learning and argued for doing away with the traditional “research paper” – the kind that Richard Larson described as a “non-form of writing.” This genre is primarily a vehicle for students to display knowledge by discussing a number of sources they have chosen on a topic using aca
June 29, 2011 - 11:30pm
An interesting question came up the other day on COLLIB-L, a discussion list for college librarians. A librarian reported that a student who was abroad discovered he couldn't access videos in a library database. An error message appeared saying access would constitute a "copyright violation." Though the library had licensed the material for its patrons, including that student, he was unable to view it because he happened to have traveled to another region. He wondered whether he might have the same problem with articles in databases.
June 22, 2011 - 4:01am
June 13, 2011 - 9:45pm
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a route that passes through the middle ground between light and shadow. Your next stop - the copyright Twilight Zone!Imagine it’s a year or two from now. You're preparing to teach an upper division course and want to assign a dozen groundbreaking journal articles published over the past century.
June 10, 2011 - 1:00am
I had an unusually busy travel year. Usually, I go to one conference - at most. This time I went to an embarrassing number, and most of them were out of my discipline.
May 31, 2011 - 10:30pm
In last Sunday's New York Times Jonathan Franzen wrote about the ways love, technology, and consumerism are growing blurred. We collect friends, we show affection for things by clicking on them, and we gather followers in a hall-of-mirrors projection of our selves as an aggregation of connections.
May 26, 2011 - 9:45pm
I seem unable to develop a sustained argument about anything right now, so - oh, look, a butterfly! Instead here are some random thoughts. This is more or less my brain on RSS feeds. First, the bad news:
May 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
For the last couple of weeks I've been acting cynical and complaining about our cult of excess information when what we need is access to information in a way that's sustainable and not quite as likely as the current state of affairs to make my head explode.
May 11, 2011 - 3:30pm
Last week, I confessed to having something of a crisis of faith. I was attending a fascinating workshop on library publishing services.
May 5, 2011 - 9:30pm
I am feeling a bit of cognitive dissonance.I just sent off a list of talking points for a board meeting of our friends group, which works hard to support the library and would like to hear some cheering news about what that support means. Because I'm out of town, a colleague will be talking to our friends, and I just remembered--whoops--I had promised to give her some ideas.That's really not hard, because the friends group supports a lot of neat things.

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