Archives for August, 2012

Friday Fun: Orientation-a-palooza!

Yeah, it’s frosh orientation here at York U starting today so I thought I’d celebrate that with links to a bunch of posts from my all-time favourite source of higher education satire, The Cronk of Higher Ed! International Helium Shortage Leads to Massive Orientation Layoffs “After we realized how much time our orientation leaders spent…

An Academic Ghostwriter, the ‘Shadow Scholar,’ Comes Clean The Mechanical MOOC Rewriting the Journal (what will online do to journal publishing) The Siege of Academe The Self-Centered Library: A Paradox (why do we do what we do) Tweeting By Faith (calculating social media ROI for universities) Streaming content: Why buy when you can borrow so…

An Open Access thought experiment

Imagine a scenario where suddenly over night all toll access publishing suddenly converts to Open Access. You go to bed and your average academic library spends millions of dollars on serials. You wake up, and the subscription bill is zero. Now, that doesn’t mean that suddenly scholarly publishing doesn’t cost anything to support. It just…

I saw an article in the Quill and Quire announcing the shortlist for the Lane Anderson Award, celebrating the best in Canadian science writing. The Lane Anderson Award honours the very best science writing in Canada today, both in the adult and young-reader categories. Each award will be determined on the relevance of its content…

Let’s Talk about Academic Integrity, Part I: BI (Before the Internet) and Part II AI (After the Internet) Mining the astronomical literature 26 Internet safety talking points Save the [Insert Noun Here] (library catastrophism) Libraries and eBook Publishers: Friend Zone Level 300 An Unexpected Ass Kicking and 7 Things I Learned From My Encounter With…

George R.R. Martin is the new J.R.R. Tolkien, right? Great big, fantasy series with large casts of characters, epic battles between good and evil? Maybe, maybe not. Tolkien certainly create a more black and white universe compared to Martin’s infinite shades of gray. On the other hand, Tolkien found a very nice level of actual…

Integrating Integrity (teaching research ethics to grad students) How to Train Graduate Students in Research Ethics: Lessons From 6 Universities Connecting With New Faculty, Or, Welcome to Our World Why Online Education Won’t Replace College—Yet How America learned to love summer reading Make Us Do the Math (on the recent Hacker article) Self archiving science…

My colleagues and I are taking our Creative Commons/Panton Principles presentation on the road to another library conference this winter. As a result, I’m still compiling more references on the topic so I thought I share what I’ve found recently with all of you. Of course, suggestions for more resources are always welcome in the…

Personally, I aspire to being a Social Media Smurf. Check out this amusing yet pointed post by Eric Stoller: You Are Not a Social Media Jedi, Ninja, Sherpa, or Guru. A little taste: They are everywhere. On Twitter profiles, blog bios, and Facebook pages across the social media sphere, inflated social media titles are rampant.…

I’m breaking up with eBooks (and you can too) Ebooks Choices and the Soul of Librarianship Blogging in the classroom: why your students should write online The Last Future Uncovering the world’s ‘unseen’ science (preprint) HBO Rightly Decides Not to Cater to Cord Cutters In Virtual Play, Sex Harassment Is All Too Real High and…

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