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The Journal of Academic Librarianship : Linking course web sites to library collections and servicesProblem statement Methodology Key findings of the faculty survey
January 7, 2005 By STANLEY WILDER Academic librarians were quick to react to the threat posed by Internet competition. In 1989, half a dozen years before the first official release of Netscape, they recognized the explosion in networked information and proposed "information literacy," a reinvention of the educational function of the academic library. The premise of information literacy is that the supply of information has become overwhelming, and that students need a rigorous program of instruction in research or library-use
I’ve spoken to library staff from libraries all over North America and have heard countless stories about innovative new services that failed. 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:
Heading into the Open Ed Conference and especially the Mozilla Drumbeat Festival, I expected to be one of only a handful of librarians participating. Librarians haven’t been terribly involved or engaged with the open education movement, but our values and missions align so well that I expected to be welcomed by the professors and the edupunks as a peer and fellow traveller. Well, I got the first part right – I met only a couple of librarians all week – but the second, not so much.
I do a lot of public speaking. 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!
We’ve witness a torrent of nature- and man-made news in 2011.
In the wake of the intelligence bungles that propelled the United States into the Iraq war, it's no secret that the nation's spies have been working to improve the quality of their analysis. Now the top U.S. military intelligence agency has come up with a new tool for teaching recruits critical thinking skills: videogames. The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has just taken delivery of three PC-based games, developed by simulation studio Visual Purple under a $2.6 million contract between the DIA and defense contractor Concurrent Technologies. The goal is to quickly train the next generation of spies to analyze complex issues like Islamic fundamentalism. Given a choice between a droning classroom lecture or a videogame, the best method for teaching Generation Y was obvious.
Let’s start with full disclosure: I’m a baby boomer.
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. 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.
By James M. Lang Almost every academic I know has fond memories of late-night dorm-room bull sessions about the meaning of life.
by David Armano | 2:18 PM October 19, 2011 Recently, the CEO of Edelman wrote a blog post celebrating a company milestone. In it, he referenced our efforts in the non-analog world as "social digital." To most, this may seem insignificant because the word "social" is often overused in professional circles. But the addition of "social" to the "digital" is immensely significant because it symbolizes that the current revolution is not only digital, but codependent on social behaviors and interactions from human beings. If the digital revolution was about computers being connected (the internet) then the social-digital revolution is about people being connected (the social web).
There's a jewellery store in Old Town in Zurich, Switzerland.
By Francis X. 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.