Archives for February, 2012

Breaking the barriers of time and space: the dawning of the great age of librarians. The Great Age of Librarians Achieving the “Golden Age of Librarians” — An Ambitious Project of Deep Redefinition Nobody cares about the library: How digital technology makes the library invisible (and visible) to scholars Snooki, Whale Sperm, and Google: The…

e-Books: Why Bother Truly moving literature: Enhanced eBooks Science Finds a Better Way to Teach Science The Future of Science Publishing Introducing Download the Universe: A new science ebook review Canadian universities sign bone-stupid copyright deal with collecting society: emailing a link is the same as making a photocopy, faculty email to be surveilled Culture…

The actual content of the post I’m highlighting isn’t really all that amusing. It’s actually quite pertinent in a real-world context. But I really love how they’ve taken actually useful information that might be a bit dry and businessy and using a Star Wars / pop-cultural reference made it into something a little easier to…

‘Academically Adrift': The News Gets Worse and Worse The Case for Publicly Owned Internet Service: Susan P. Crawford On the 10th Anniversary of the Budapest Declaration By one benchmark at least, we are probably halfway through the (r)evolution Will Business Step Up or Step Out? Attendance, Retention, and College Success How to Enjoy a Sabbatical…

A little while back the Cost of Knowledge site started up a boycott pledge list in response to mathematician Timothy Gowers’ pledge to stop contributing to Elsevier’s operations by ceasing writing, reviewing and editing for them. Here is the call to action: Academics have protested against Elsevier’s business practices for years with little effect. These…

Given all the fuss and bother going on in the library world these last few days about ebooks, I thought this one would be a pretty fine choice to highlight today. I just love me some Cracked! 8 Unexpected Downsides of the Switch to E-books You Can’t Hide a Gun in a Kindle You Need…

The Great Age of Librarians Amazon Will Destroy You Confessions of a Publisher: “We’re in Amazon’s Sights and They’re Going to Kill Us” Mobile Sites vs. Apps: The Coming Strategy Shift Instructional Designers Wanted: No Experience Necessary Libraries and the Commodification of Culture Innovating the Library Way About the Emerging Battles Over Textbooks: Options from…

We have here what is sometimes known as a wicked problem. On the one side, communities would like to be able to pool the resources of their members to acquire digital content that may then be shared and consumed by everyone in that community. On the other, content creators and publishers would like to maximize…

Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’ Reading and Believing Who really benefits from putting high-tech gadgets in classrooms? “if libraries did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them” Academia as Music Industry Wolfram Alpha Pro democratizes data analysis: an in-depth look at the $4.99 a month service Physical Sciences…

I was really angry riding home on the bus last Friday night. Not angry because the transit system here in Toronto is royally fudged in general or that transit to York University is fudged in particular. No, it wasn’t that particular aspect of the public sphere that had me upset. It was the growing tendency…

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