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July 22, 2010 - 8:09pm
My scholarly background is in a social science discipline, not math. I have no particular pet theory on the right and proper way to teach math. Frankly, if someone convinced me that counting sheep were the most effective way to do it, I’d gladly requisition a flock or two and tell the soccer team to practice someplace else.
July 22, 2010 - 7:14pm
Even people who have never taken a class in Economics have probably heard phrases from the subject from time to time. “The Invisible Hand” is often used to explain the fact, noticed by Adam Smith, that self-interest on the part of participants in an economy still leads the economy to a point where everyone’s needs are met. “But in the Long Run, We are All Dead” was a phrase spoken by John Maynard Keynes when many people assured each other that the economy of the Great Depression would turn around on its own, in the long run.
July 21, 2010 - 9:46pm
The comments to yesterday’s post shed more heat than light, but I’ll concede one point: the piece was snarkier than necessary. It was a reaction to the persistent and fundamental failure of our major opinion leaders to even understand the question. Sometimes my frustration at their obtuseness boils over, as it did yesterday.
July 21, 2010 - 9:30pm
Was hoping that you might be able to provide a reality check.During my talk today, "The Campus Media Flood: Causes, Consequences, and Opportunities," at the Wainhouse Research Collaboration Summit I was asked about the sustainability of college/university funding for curricular media management systems.
July 21, 2010 - 8:28pm
Today I’m working in my home office instead of lugging my materials to the neighborhood coffee shop (let’s just say that I my body does not respond well to more than one latte). Ignoring my own resolutions, I went online immediately to check my work email (even though I’m not teaching summer classes and am officially “off contract” until August), then I make a quick perusal of facebook, then glanced at the offerings of Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
July 21, 2010 - 3:18pm
According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), "It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities." One of the most overlooked aspects of accessibility on the web is the inclusion of captions within embedded videos. It is fairly common to see embedded videos on student affairs websites.
July 21, 2010 - 8:14am
About a month ago the choir I sing with had the chance to be accompanied by a jazz quartet. We sang one of the choir’s standards, William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, but instead of our usual a cappella version, the quartet improvised beneath us as we sang our usual parts. It was late Renaissance/early Baroque meets 20th Century jazz. Although it seems strange, it sounded absolutely glorious!
July 21, 2010 - 6:48am
This is an outstanding year for ICPL! The quality of the presenters, their presentations, the attendees and their participation ranks at an all time high. Allow me to provide a flavor.
July 20, 2010 - 9:40pm
The New York Times published a colloquy on the future and desirability of the tenure system. Per usual for the Times, not a single contributor there has any experience actually managing in a tenure-based sysem. None. Not one. Nor does any of them work at a community or state college. Honestly, it’s like they’re not even trying anymore...Anyway, the officially sanctioned view from on high misses the point.
July 20, 2010 - 8:51pm
I’d better start by explaining the fish.I hope in this space to explore the intersections of libraries and technology and the ways academic libraries contribute to teaching and learning, with the occasional shout-out to the open access movement as one of the ways we can sustain scholarship as a collaborative, evolving, and inclusive conversation. You might even find me preaching the gospel of liberation bibliography from time to time.

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