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Facebook Twitter The Journal of Academic Librarianship : Linking course web sites to library collections and services. Information Literacy Makes All the Wrong Assumptions - The Chronicle Review. Nurturing Innovation. I’ve spoken to library staff from libraries all over North America and have heard countless stories about innovative new services that failed.

Nurturing Innovation

I always ask people why they think the initiative didn’t work at their library and the answer has always been about the culture—whether it was because of controlling IT staff, managers who wouldn’t give staff time to experiment with new technologies, or administrators who were deathly risk-averse. While there are many things a staff member without authority can do to ensure the success of a project, institutional culture is a barrier that can only be fixed by people in charge.

Here are some things managers can do to support staff in building successful and innovative services: Encourage staff to learn and play. I’ve always felt that “keeping up with trends in technology and the profession” should be included in every library staff member’s job description. When librarians are obstacles. Technology, or Lack Thereof, at the Podium. I do a lot of public speaking.

Technology, or Lack Thereof, at the Podium

My usual format is to speak off the cuff, without notes or script, and use a Keynote or PowerPoint slide show to guide me. (No, not bullet points — ugh! — but videos, funny visuals or other scenic elements.) I like to have the laptop on the podium with me, for two reasons. First, by tapping the space bar, I can control the slides with split-second accuracy, which is sometimes essential in making a joke land. Why Are We Still Consuming News Like It’s 1899? We’ve witness a torrent of nature- and man-made news in 2011.

Why Are We Still Consuming News Like It’s 1899?

And if I were a betting man, the range and impact of the events to come will make news even more essential to all of us. But reading all this news started to bother me, not only because of what was happening in the world, but because the experience of consuming news sucks. 12 — When it comes to technology, you definitely “act your age”. Digital Literacies for Writing in Social Media.

The following is a shortened version of a talk I gave at the "Engaging the Public" symposium held at Washington & Jefferson College on Oct. 1.

Digital Literacies for Writing in Social Media

According to Cathy Davidson's Now You See It, 65 percent of students entering school today will have careers in fields that haven't been invented yet. While #IDontHaveFactsToBackThisUp, I'm willing to make the following prediction about writing: a full 100% of these students, at some point in their lives, will be required to use writing technologies that haven't been invented yet. Consider this: as recently as four years ago, who would have imagined that major companies would have employees whose jobs were to interact with customers on Twitter, or that someone could make a career out of writing for Facebook? Four years before that, not only did those jobs not exist, Twitter and Facebook didn't exist, and the types of writing that they represent were only in their nascent form.

Kairos of Digital Media * accessibility* searchability* persistence. 21st-Century Campus Culture - Do Your Job Better. By James M.

21st-Century Campus Culture - Do Your Job Better

Lang Almost every academic I know has fond memories of late-night dorm-room bull sessions about the meaning of life. How Social Digital Is Your Company? - David Armano. RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms. A Store With Only 3 Products And Other Cases For Simplicity. There's a jewellery store in Old Town in Zurich, Switzerland.

A Store With Only 3 Products And Other Cases For Simplicity

It specializes in finely crafted rings, bracelets, and necklaces adorned with the most precious of stones. The shopfront window is huge--measuring about 15 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Scientists on Trial for What They Said - Global. By Francis X.

Scientists on Trial for What They Said - Global

Rocca Rome When Italy's National Commission for Forecasting and Predicting Great Risks held a special meeting in the central Italian city of L'Aquila on March 31, 2009, the earthquake-prone area had been shaking with low-level tremors, as frequently as three or four a day, for the previous six months. Just one day earlier, the country's Department of Civil Protection had censured an amateur scientist in the city, who claimed that he could predict earthquakes by measuring levels of radon gas.

The officials accused him of instigating a public panic. On that Tuesday evening in L'Aquila, prominent Italian geophysicists met with national and local officials for about an hour to discuss the "seismic swarms" that had so alarmed the populace. Six days later, L'Aquila was hit by a strong earthquake that left 309 people dead, injured more than 1,500, and destroyed some 20,000 buildings. Not Making Sense Thomas H. Mr. Mr. Taking Control Southern California's Mr.