Archives for June, 2012

One thing you have got to give to the more-than-slightly unhinged staff at The Cronk of Higher Ed is that they have a bizarre and hilarious take on the most important issues in higher education. And sort of dead-on too. This is a case of So Funny It Hurts. U-Va. Rector Dragas Aims to Remove…

A follow up to my post from a couple of days ago. It’s nice to know that sometimes these stories have the potential for happy endings. UVa Digital Archive of Materials Relating to the Resignation of Theresa Sullivan University of Virginia Board Reinstates President University of Virginia Reinstates President After Outcry The Right Way to…

Archives as Discovery Zones Don’t Use Khan Academy without Watching this First Credit for Datasets Digital Makeover in Your Future? (eportfolios) Are Apps The Future of Book Publishing? The Finch Report in a global Open Access landscape Why Johnny Can’t Add Without a Calculator To Remain Relevant, Libraries Should Help Patrons Create Media beyond the…

This collection of posts is only the tip of the iceberg of reaction to the ongoing controversy at the University of Virginia. For more, see the first item in the list for a digital archive. I consider this particular crisis a very interesting one to follow, one with implications for all universities and similar in…

WSJ explains the economics behind lending Harry Potter ebooks by Amazon Money Talks — How Audience Priorities and Publishing Incentives Can Lead to Unusual OA Behaviors #scholpub, PeerJ and Tim O’Reilly The coming revolution in STM #scholpub Why doesn’t Moore’s law apply to #scholpub? Who is the Steve Jobs of #scholarlypub? Whence comes the needed…

Since it’s convocation season, I thought I’d share this one from the ever-amusing, never-lets-me-down-late-on-a-Friday-afternoon-looking-for-something-anything-to-post-for-Friday-fun. Family of Graduate Sets New Standard in Love-Showing Unruliness Families at Kennebunkport State University’s commencement ceremony left in shame, realizing they had failed to show enough love for their respective graduates. “After watching the Forrester family’s display of support for their…

The title of this post might be a bit misleading. I don’t really think it’s much of a question. Of course it’s ok to get paid to promote open access. My university pays me to be a librarian. I have faculty status. I can decide what I think are the most important issues in my…

Why Twitter Matters: Tomorrow’s Knowledge Network Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities If you don’t have social media, you are no one: How social media enriches conferences for some but risks isolating others Twitter: My go-to learning network How Will MOOCs Make Money? Not Free, Not Easy,…

Loud Debate Rages Over N.Y. Library’s Quiet Stacks Shh! Scholars Fight Over Library Plan (more on NYPL renovation plans) Editors With Ethics One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge Disintermediating preservation Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to…

I always thought Wolfgang Pauli’s famous remark was the ultimate insult to scientists, but apparently I was wrong. Perhaps I was not even wrong given the plethora of scientific insults you can find out there. In any case, many “thanks” to the Knoepfler Lab blog for their descriptive, specialized, perhaps overly ambitious but somewhat derivative…

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