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Smart E-Textbooks: Is it ethical to track your students’ reading? 

The New York Times reported this morning that Texas A&M is using CourseSmart E-Textbooks in class, which allows professors to track whether students open their textbooks, what pages they look at and for how long, and which passages they highlight. The dean of the school of business commented, "It's Big Brother, sort of, but with …

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Nature Article on the Cost of Publishing Research 

Lea and Anne have been keeping us up-to-date on the Open Access movement, so thought I’d share this article from Nature, which gives some perspective on open access and commercial publishers in the scientific research community, and discusses both the cost of publishing research (with visualizations) and who collects on it. The author comes up …

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Academia.edu : social media and digital repository mashup 

While scrolling around the internet looking for information about Eli Pariser's TED talk, I encountered an interview with Umberto Eco from 1995 in which he discusses the distractions of being able to find too much on the internet, verses stumbling upon information in what he considers the more controlled (and curated) environment of the traditional …

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Library Service 

The article, Library Service as theatre by Cherry, J., and Calvert, P. (2012) explores the attitudes librarians have towards customer service. Cherry and Calvert (2012) took a look at past literature that has explored library service. It was found that librarians believe that quality of service is one of the most important aspects of being …

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Federal government supports Open Access 

There have been several recent developments in federal support for Open Access (OA) over the last few weeks. In case you OA fans out there missed them, here is a brief summary: The Obama administration recently made its dedication to OA a little bit stronger. As reported on the White House blog from the Office …

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Open Library of Humanities Launches 

The open access movement just got one tick stronger. The Open Library of Humanities (OLH), an initiative aiming provide support for openly accessible humanities scholarship, was launched just a little over a week ago. Founded by Dr. Martin Paul Eve and Dr. Caroline Edwards, both professors of contemporary English literature at the University of Lincoln (UK), …

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The MOOC: Online education, super-sized 

Reposted from Pressible. In case you have been too enclosed in the physical beauty of the Teachers College (or a similar institution's) hallways, libraries, and cafeteria to hear about it, there's a whole other kind of higher education going on out there--in cyberspace. And it's huge. It's so huge that big-name universities including MIT and …

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Gettysburg College Collects Blogs for Special Collections 

Gettysburg College has acquired a couple of exciting new items of Civil War interest: blogs! Yes, I said, "blogs!" The College's Civil War Institute has started a project to collect and curate these discussions of Civil War memory, which you can read more about here. Blogs and social media have often been cited as potential …

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Just Saying No to For-Profit Academic Publishers 

The scholarly communication system is full of tension these days: libraries stretch budgets to meet the hugely increasing cost of journal subscriptions, academic publishers insist upon the added value of their product opposed to open-access models, and researchers feel pressure to publish in more prestigious, high-impact (and often more costly) journals to meet tenure and …

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ACRL Women and Gender Studies Core Books Database 

I thought I'd alert everyone that the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), which is a group within the American Libraries Association (ALA), has released their Core Books list on Women and Gender Studies on LibraryThing, which makes the lists arguably more accessible, viewer friendly, and interactive (if you too have a LibraryThing account).  …

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Chronicle of Higher Ed answers: What technology do students really value? 

The Chronicle of Higher Education just published its Almanac of Higher Education for 2012. A veritable joy for data mongers now and (perhaps more so) in the future, data collected over last academic year across the U.S. are broken down into seven categories: The Profession, Student Demographics, Access & Equity, Finance, Technology, International, and States. …

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Electronic Visualization and the Arts 

Just as the TC library took down its data visualization exhibit a few weeks ago, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science professor Chris Sula was winning best paper for his paper "Quantifying Culture: The Value of Visualization inside (and outside) Libraries, Museums, and the Academy" at the Electronic Visualization and the Arts 2012 …

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“American Digger” Editorial 

Anthropology Today recently published a short editorial by Mike Pitts about the reality TV series, American Digger. The essay problematizes the show's representation of archaeology and its related practices. In the process it provides a nice overview of the responses and positions taken by public organizations like SAA and AIA. For instance, "The president of …

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MLA embraces open access 

Those of you interested in the ongoing push for Open Access among scholars and librarians (see Leanora Lange's post on open access at Harvard) may be excited to know that the MLA recently announced their intention to support open access.  From their own website: The journals of the Modern Language Association, including PMLA, Profession, and …

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Design Anthropology: a resource guide 

Working List of Anthropologists Specializing on Design Allison J. Clarke teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and is director of the Victor J. Papanek Foundation. Design Anthropology is transforming our material culture. Springer: Vienna, 2011. BRUNO LATOUR is a French philosopher and anthropologist who has written extensively on the anthropology of science and …

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CFP: 10th European Academy of Design Conference -­ Crafting the Future 

CFP: 10th European Academy of Design Conference -­ Crafting the Future This conference celebrates the 10th anniversary of the European Academy of Design conferences and contributes to a  discussion on the role of design and designers in crafting our futures. The theme of the conference is the practical knowledge of the designer. How can the …

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Library Literacy in Higher Education: A METRO Workshop 

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, I attended a workshop at the headquarters of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) at 57 East 11th Street.  The event, subtitled "Novel Approaches to Assessment and Collaborative Instruction," presented the experience and findings of librarians at two New York …

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The Twenty-first Annual Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the Decorative Arts and Design 

April 13 & 14, 2012 Parsons the New School for Design Anna Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium 2 West 13th Street, New York, NY Friday, April 13 5:30 p.m. "Consumed by the Past" The Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote Address Dr. Thomas Denenberg, Director, The Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont Reception to follow. Saturday, April 14 Session I. …

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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce 

A friend sent me the link to watch this YouTube video made by RSA Animate, who has, in this case, set Slavoj Zizek's "First as Tragedy, Then as Farce" lecture to animation.  I post this here not to compel our readers to question harmful (merely arguably!) capitalist tactics for selling "save the planet," but because …

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The Birth of Critical University Studies 

In The Chronicle of Higher Education this week, Jeffrey J. Williams offers a tantalizing glimpse into what he calls an emerging field: critical university studies. In his article "Deconstructing Academe: The Birth of Critical University Studies," Williams argues that the work of scholars across disciplines over the last twenty …

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