Higher Education Webinars

Library Babel Fish

A college librarian's take on technology

February 22, 2011 - 9:00pm
One of the things we hope students will learn by seeking out information in the library and online is the value of using evidence in the formulation of ideas. We tend to focus on students' most immediate need: completing an assignment that is due in the next few weeks.
February 15, 2011 - 4:00am
As I mentioned in a post late last week, I have been thinking about which technical tools are ones that are particularly helpful for students, ones that I should include in library sessions for advanced students and in a seminar course that I teach every spring.
February 10, 2011 - 9:30pm
I've been teaching a seminar course for several years now designed for students who may be headed to grad school or who simply want to know more about the ins and outs of research. It meets once a week for a couple of hours and many students can fit it into their schedules without having to sacrifice another course or pay an overload.
February 3, 2011 - 10:00pm
I know gender inequality hasn't gone away, and that we are not living in a post-sexist society, but I can still be caught by surprise. For example, women buy and read the majority of books, but get the mouse's share of book review coverage. Women have opinions, but some 80% of published op/ed pieces have male names in the bylines.
January 27, 2011 - 11:00pm
One of my far-flung correspondents (well, not that far-flung; he lives in the Fargo-Moorhead area) sent me an intriguing job announcement today, with editorial comments. The position was at a good university where the librarians are certifiably brilliant, but it's an interesting commentary on collection development today.
January 19, 2011 - 5:15am
Sisters in Crime, a mystery writer's organization of which I am a member, has recently released a study of mystery book buyers conducted by the folks at Bowker.
January 11, 2011 - 9:00pm
Wikipedia will celebrate its tenth birthday at the end of this week. It's one of those anniversaries, like the recent twentieth anniversary of the Internet, that makes you realize how ubiquitous a particular tool has become.
January 3, 2011 - 9:15pm
When I was planning to attend a conference in San Francisco last fall, I had to find a cheaper hotel than the conference venue if I was going to be able to afford to attend for more than one night. I found a small hotel a mile away that was half the price and had good online reviews. But how safe was that neighborhood? I went to EveryBlock to find out. Some property crime, a touch of auto theft, no homicides and the numbers overall were as low as you could want in an urban neighborhood. I booked a room.
December 21, 2010 - 3:45am
Browsing RSS feeds is always an adventure, yanking me around from dystopia to utopia as I go from one link to another. Here are some of the stories from the dark side that have recently surfaced among my reading material.
December 16, 2010 - 9:15pm
The library is never more packed than during fall final exams. A few students are still approaching the reference desk with the kinds of questions we're used to, only tighter deadlines. ("I need some sources for this paper that's due in, uh ... two hours. Oh, and the teacher said they need to be scholarly.") Most of the questions we get, though, are asking for advice on how to cite something that isn't described in whatever style manual the student is required to use.

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