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(This post supersedes the previous post listing items related to the Aaron Swartz story. That post was from January 20, 2013.) A few comments. Aaron Swartz’s story has had a huge impact, it has reverberated far and wide not just through the interlinking worlds of technology and online activism but far into the mainstream. The…

Librarians seem to be under siege these days, both from within and without. But at our core, librarians no matter where they work just want to make the world a better place. io9 has a wonderful older post with a list of fictional librarians who’ve perhaps put that motto into action a little more directly…

Some colleagues and I are presenting tomorrow at the latest Ontario Library Association Super Conference. Here’s the info: Session: #1307: Friday 3:45 PM 5:00 PM IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Career development Speaker(s) John Dupuis, Acting Associate University Librarian, Information Services, York University; Tanis Fink, Director, Seneca Libraries, Seneca College; Amanda French,…

The Machine Apocalypse Is Growth Over? “The data are”: How fetishism makes us stupid Why Workers Are Losing the War Against Machines An innovation agenda to help people win the race against the machines Sure, Big Data Is Great. But So Is Intuition The Consequences of Machine Intelligence Will a Robot Take Your Job? Artificial…

The End of the University as We Know It The future of online vs. residential education by futurist Ray Kurzweil Librarians or Baristas? Prioritizing Academic Programs Khan Academy Founder Proposes a New Type of College Assessing Campus Libraries (space, yes, services…) Where is Library Technology going? MLA President Offers a Sobering Critique of Graduate Education…

Yes, I’ve fallen behind a bit on my MOOC due to conferences and other general insanity, but after doing the last week this week I vow to catch up a bit retroactively and do weeks 3, 4 & 5. My weeks 1 and 2 posts are here and here. Distributed Research: new models of inquiry…

It seems that Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario really likes me. Two years ago, the Library kindly invited me to speak during their Open Access Week festivities. And this year the Physics Department has also very kindly invited me to be part of their Seminar Series, also to talk about Getting Your Science Online,…

I’m at the Access Conference in Montreal this week starting today, so I’m a bit behind on the readings for the Current/Future State of Higher Education MOOC I’m participating in. I’m hoping a nice long relaxing train ride will give me the opportunity to catch up. Anyways, Week 1 was a great introduction to the…

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve signed up for a MOOC. MOOC, of course, being Massively Open Online Courses, are all the rage in higher-ed-more-disruptingly-than-thou circles, what with their potential is greatly expand the reach of higher education beyond a campus-bound constituency. But not without criticism, of course. Coursera is a popular example of a company…

The most recent controversy to whip up the library and science blogospheres revolves around SUNY Potsdam cancelling their American Chemical Society journal package because the subscription packages on offer sucked up too high a percentage of their total budget. SUNY Potsdam Library Director Jenica Rogers wrote about the decision on her blog, garnering quite a…

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