Moving Beyond the Search-and-Destroy Instruction Session in a Community College Library In my past life when I was an adjunct English teacher, one of my most dreaded semesterly duties was to take my class to the library for instruction. One would expect the librarians at my arts college in Chicago to be creative and interesting, exposed as they were to an esoteric body of students and an even more diverse collection of works.
Yet, each session was the same: a monotonous catalog of database features: First you do this, then you do this. Then you get a list of articles and do this. You can do this, or this, or this. This how-to approach to library instruction–what one of my colleagues derisively calls “the search-and-destroy” instruction session–was the bane of my students’ existence. I would like to say that when I became a librarian at an urban community college a few years later I took the student’s message to heart and never taught any by-the-numbers and utterly mundane instruction sessions. But if I was surprised at myself, I probably shouldn’t have been. Atkins, S. Who gets free speech in the university classroom? | The Higher Educationalist.
Higher education news has been awash in recent months with the comments by the University of Oxford’s Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson: “I’ve had many conversations with students who say they don’t feel comfortable because their professor has expressed views against homosexuality. They don’t feel comfortable being in class with someone with those views.
“And I say, ‘I’m sorry, but my job isn’t to make you feel comfortable. Education is not about being comfortable. I’m interested in making you uncomfortable’. “If you don’t like his views, you challenge them, engage with them, and figure how a smart person can have views like that. “Work out how you can persuade him to change his mind. Source: Cherwell Online. Richardson is not alone in this view that ‘uncomfortable’ opinions belong in higher education classrooms, regardless of whom they offend. I would absolutely agree that education is not about comfort per se. However. What I wouldn’t do is find some homophobia and ask them to refute it. Playing devil’s advocate in conversations about race is dangerous and counterproductive. Drew Angerer/Getty Images I’ve been asked to consider the devil’s point of view so often over the course of my life that I’m beginning to feel like I know him.
When having conversations about race with a white person, there are no five words I have come to dread more than, “Just to play devil’s advocate … ”—they’ve unseated “not to sound racist, but … ”—a feat I heretofore thought was impossible. A few years ago, following a panel presentation I had made at a conference, I was approached by an audience member. The man had waited in line for 10 minutes so he could tell me that his son had been denied admission to my law school alma mater because, unlike me, he was white and so couldn’t benefit from affirmative action. I recounted this infuriating story to a white friend of mine recently after it was reported that the Trump administration would begin targeting universities that use affirmative action policies for possible legal action. As a concept, the devil’s advocate is incoherent.
How to Live to the Full While Dying: The Extraordinary Diary of Alice James, William and Henry James’s Brilliant Sister. So, about this Googler’s manifesto. – Yonatan Zunger – Medium. So it seems that someone has seen fit to publish an internal manifesto about gender and our “ideological echo chamber.” I think it’s important that we make a couple of points clear. (1) Despite speaking very authoritatively, the author does not appear to understand gender. (2) Perhaps more interestingly, the author does not appear to understand engineering. (3) And most seriously, the author does not appear to understand the consequences of what he wrote, either for others or himself. 1.I’m not going to spend any length of time on (1); if anyone wishes to provide details as to how nearly every statement about gender in that entire document is actively incorrect,¹ and flies directly in the face of all research done in the field for decades, they should go for it. 2.
People who haven’t done engineering, or people who have done just the basics, sometimes think that what engineering looks like is sitting at your computer and hyper-optimizing an inner loop, or cleaning up a class API. The Pencilsword: On a plate. But, Andrew Adonis, I don’t want to work hard | Katie Beswick. Over on Twitter, if you move in academic circles, you’ll almost certainly have seen a whole load of controversy over some tweets that Andrew Adonis (the former Labour politician) sent out about the state of Higher Education. To summarise: He is upset that academics have ‘three months off’ over the summer. He thinks there should be two-year degrees. The University of Oxford rocks. Most of the replies to Adonis’ tweets pointed out that the ‘three months off’ thing is a fallacy — that during the summer months academics are writing books, applying for grants, undertaking research, assessing, reading, preparing modules, attending and organising conferences, catching up on admin that used to be undertaken by support staff, dealing with admissions and so on.
Many pointed out that parliament too breaks for a long summer vacation and that moaning about academics’ June-September workload fell into either the pot-kettle-black or the people-in-glass-houses arena of hypocrisy. Like this: The good daughter. In Tate Britain is a painting by the Victorian artist George Elgar Hicks of a woman ministering tenderly to her invalid father. It is called Comfort of Old Age.
The work is the final panel of Hicks’s triptych Woman’s Mission. The first part, Guide of Childhood, in which the same figure teaches her little boy to walk, has been lost. But the second panel also hangs at the Tate in London: Companion of Manhood shows our heroine consoling her husband after ghastly news. Hicks depicted “woman” in her three guises – mother, wife, daughter – and in her ideal state, the selfless provider of guidance, solace and care. Her life has meaning only in so far as it nourishes and facilitates the lives of others, principally men.
Domestic and emotional labour, we call it now. I have spent a long time in the first two panels of the triptych: a partner/wife for 30 years, a mother for 21. Now I have reached the third panel, the trickiest bit of the triptych. He was not the first. It tears up my heart. Ten Myths and a Truth from the TEF: Reading the White Paper | Academic Irregularities. Although the Higher Education and Research Bill is still going through parliamentary scrutiny, the Teaching Excellence Framework is about to be implemented and yet we do not know for certain what its effects will be, or even which institutions will enter into it. On the 2nd of December 2016, the same day as students at Warwick University went into occupation against the TEF , the chair of the TEF, Professor Chris Husbands, published a blog piece entitled Busting five common myths about the TEF. A welcome addition to the critique, I thought, but I felt as though we were reading different documents. I have been working on Chapter 2 of the White Paper (TEF) and so I checked some of Jo Johnson’s claims against evidence from some of the other publications I have been reading recently.
Concealed within the pages of Jo Johnson’s White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy, May 2016, are quite a few contested propositions and ten more myths which Chris Husbands has overlooked. Like this: Librarians in the 21st Century: It Is Becoming Impossible to Remain Neutral. Library neutrality sounds innocuous, but it’s not, if you’re a librarian. Although neutrality has long been regarded and taught as an important ethic of the profession, a growing number of librarians have begun questioning whether it is preferable—or even possible—for libraries to be neutral. In this essay, Stacie Williams makes the case that it is neither. –Stephanie Anderson I love working the reference desk. Like most people, it was my first introduction to librarians as a little kid: the smiling person behind a desk, asking me if I needed help finding anything.
In my last semester of graduate school, I took a job working the access services desk at a medical library, where I could meet new people and help them the way that I had been helped in libraries throughout my life. Even as I gained more experience in archives, I continued to look for opportunities to assist at a reference or access point of service. Article continues after advertisement Perhaps. Stop Apologizing for the Delayed Response in Your Emails -- Science of Us.
“Adulthood is emailing ‘sorry for the delayed response!’ Back and forth until one of you dies,” writer Marissa Miller tweeted in February of last year. People liked this tweet. Nearly 40,000 people liked this tweet, in fact, and more than 26,000 retweeted it. Miller told me recently that she still gets around 100 notifications every day from people responding to that 14-month-old passing thought, which she initially saved to her drafts folder because she thought it was “a little too niche.”
I was thinking about that tweet as I read an essay with an irresistible (to me) headline: “Do You Want to Be Known for Your Writing, or for Your Swift Email Responses?” How many times did you write a version of that — “Sorry for the delayed response!” And that, to me, speaks to the real problem with replying to email: When … are you supposed to reply? There’s a huge difference between important and urgent.
“With email, we treat everything as if we’re in a hurry,” Ariely continued. "What have they done to my library?" - Caitlin Moran's latest column | Nosy Crow. This Saturday’s Times featured a fantastic column from Caitlin Moran on the importance of libraries – not the first time she has written on the subject. This piece is re-published here with Moran’s kind permission. I went up and saw some of the austerity last month. I hadn’t intended to – I was just visiting my old home town – but I ended up in my local library: the one I lived in between the ages of 5 and 15.
And there, in the library, was some austerity. I’ve written about that library before. It was a Sixties red-brick cube, with the shelving inside packed tight. I learnt everything there. That library was a Pandorica of fabulous, interwoven randomness, as rich as plum cake. But then – 21st-century austerity. And everything had gone – or near enough to make no difference. To the side, a single, lonely carousel labelled “Classics” – in the midst of all the pink and gold-embossed lettering, the Brontës and Dickenses looking like martinets in the middle of a hen night.
On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America’s New Right. 4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump – Dale Beran – Medium. Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him. 1. Born from Something Awful Around 2005 or so a strange link started showing up in my old webcomic’s referral logs. This new site I didn’t understand. It was a bulletin board, but its system of navigation was opaque.
Counter intuitively, you had to hit “reply” to read a thread. The site, if you hadn’t guessed, was 4chan.org. 4chan had been created by a 15 year old Something Awful user named Christopher Poole (whose 4chan mod name was “m00t”). These days, 4chan appears in the news almost weekly. How did we get here? At the very beginning, 4chan met once a year in only one place in the world: Baltimore, Maryland at the anime convention, Otakon. This essay is an attempt to untangle the threads of 4chan and the far right. 2. In the beginning I didn’t pay all that much attention 4chan. Now 4chan is often explained as being responsible for some early popular memes like “rickrolling”. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]
16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely. " Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work.
But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms. I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against "outsiders coming in. " I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. In Venezuela, we couldn’t stop Chávez. Don’t make the same mistakes we did. Hugo Chavez was a populist, too. His opponents never figured out how to beat him. (AP Photo/Jorge Santo) Donald Trump is an avowed capitalist; Hugo Chávez was a socialist with communist dreams. One builds skyscrapers, the other expropriated them. But politics is only one-half policy: The other, darker half is rhetoric.
Sometimes the rhetoric takes over. The recipe for populism is universal. That’s how it becomes a movement. The problem is you. How do I know? Don’t forget who the enemy is. Populism can survive only amid polarization. What makes you the enemy? During the 2007 student-led protests against the government’s closure of RCTV , then the second-biggest TV channel in Venezuela, Chávez continually went on air to frame us students as “pups of the American Empire,” “supporters of the enemy of the country” — spoiled, unpatriotic babies who only wanted to watch soap operas.
[Trump is stress-testing how we think about American democracy] Show no contempt. [How fascist is Trump? The Immigration Ban is a Headfake, and We’re Falling For It. Assuming this narrative is true (again, I have no idea what the administration intends), the “resistance” is playing right into Trump’s playbook. The most vocal politicians could be seen at rallies, close to the headlines.
The protests themselves did exactly what they were intended to: dominate the news cycle and channel opposition anger towards a relatively insignificant piece of the puzzle. I’m not saying that green card holders should be stuck in airports — far from it. I’m saying there might be a much larger picture here, and the immigration ban is a distraction.
So for those that believe that the power consolidation narrative is true and want to oppose it, how does that happen? First, stop believing that protests alone do much good. Protests galvanize groups and display strong opposition, but they’re not sufficient. Second, pay journalists to watch for the head fake. » Blacklists are technically infeasible, practically unreliable and unethical. Period. It’s been a big weekend for poorly designed blacklists. But prior to this another blacklist was also a significant discussion. Beall’s list of so-called “Predatory” journals and publishers vanished from the web around a week ago. There is still not explanation for why, but the most obvious candidate is that legal action, threatened or real, was the cause of it being removed.
Since it disappeared many listservs and groups have been asking what should be done? My answer is pretty simple. Absolutely nothing. It won’t surprise anyone that I’ve never been a supporter of the list. Does that mean that it’s a good thing the lists are gone? But the real reason the list doesn’t help isn’t because of its motivations or its quality. Blacklists are technically infeasible Blacklists are never complete. Whitelists by contrast are by definition always complete. Blacklists are practically unreliable A lot of people have been saying “we need a replacement for the list because we were relying on it”.
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Librarians Find Themselves Caught Between Journal Pirates and Publishers. How to Use a Bullet Journal to Stay Organized! — Plant Based Bride. Researcher illegally shares millions of science papers free online to spread knowledge. Q: What did universities learn from the financial crash? A: Nothing | Higher Education Network. Information literacy is for life, not just for a good degree. The Answers, The Questions and Practical Significance — Identity, Education and Power. Concrete ways faculty can work with other colleagues to improve their teaching (essay) Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not real. In the library in the gym, Big Brother is coming to universities. There's something better than a 'fuck off fund'