21 décembre 2014

How I Can Help …

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. I concluded my last blog with the question of how I can help in the upsurge of concern over sexual assault and rape. Noted in an earlier blog, none of this news surprises. The work I did on gossip sites gave me yet a window into some of these issues because many of the posts that revolve around the same matters: fraternity parties, drinking, drugs and discrimination. Mainstream media is now in full tilt. Read more...

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Challenges for Regional Undergraduate Universities in “the Middle”

By Thomas Carey. Matt Read posted in the Dean Dad blog about the colleges in “The Middle”: community colleges and the public universities that are predominantly undergraduate, caught between concern about rising tuition costs and constrained state resources for higher education (and pretty much everything else). Where others see mostly crisis – including Goldie Blumenstyk, whose book American Higher Education in Crisis was the prompt for the post – Matt sees opportunity for these institutions: If they allow themselves to be commoditized…then I foresee an ugly race to the bottom.  But with more middle and even upper middle class students feeling compelled by economics to look more closely at public options, there’s a real opportunity…”. More...

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Big Unanswered End-of-Year Questions

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpg?itok=qNL3hM7KBy Barbara Fister. I thought I’d look back at a year’s worth of Babel Fishing to see what was on my mind in 2014. Privacy. Net neutrality. What libraries mean as social institutions. Where social justice fits into what we do and what happens when we forget that it should. How and why librarians and scholars should reorganize our work and resources so that knowledge is open to all. How to help undergraduate students learn to navigate that record of knowledge so that they can make their own. Read more...

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5 Hesitations to Going Chromebook

By Joshua Kim. Last week my younger daughter’s 11-inch MacBook Air died. Turns out that the solid state hard drive is fried. Parts are being ordered now, and we hope to have the little laptop back home in a few days. Read more...

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A Note to Walter Isaacson on “The Innovators”

By Joshua Kim. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
Published in October of 2014.
Dear Mr. Isaacson,
I was initially hesitant to download The Innovators. This was a story that I thought that I knew. Read more...

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Evolution and Change in Graduate Professional School Libraries

By Joshua Kim. Our IHE community has been having a good discussion about the future of the academic library. I hope that this Q&A contributes to our conversation.  Jim Fries, the Director of the Feldberg Business-Engineering Library at Dartmouth College, and his colleague Anne Esler, graciously agreed to answer my questions about how the world of graduate professional libraries are evolving and changing. Read more...

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2014 Books

By Joshua Kim. The only reason that I can share with you every book that I read in 2014 is that every book that I read was downloaded. Amazon makes it relatively easy (although not easy enough) to generate a list of all the Kindle and Audible books that have been purchased in a year.   The reason that I’m sharing this list is that unless I write about what I have read I will forget about what I have read. Grouping the books in categories also helps. Read more...

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Sustainability commandment #7

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/green.jpg?itok=D8D3DXB7By G. Rendell. If you spend faster than you earn, financial trouble awaits.  If you eat faster than you burn calories, obesity and heart disease and diabetes and having to spend extra money for plus-sized clothing are all in your future.  An occasional instance of either behavior pattern doesn't spell disaster, but make a habit of either one and bad things happen. Read more...

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What I Learned This Year

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/student_affairs_and_technology_blog_header.jpgBy Eric Stoller. Higher education may or may not be a business. We don't like to talk about the enterprise of education as being a business. It is, but it isn't. More...

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Building Community with Yik Yak

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/student_affairs_and_technology_blog_header.jpgBy Eric Stoller. In what could best be described as a social media community building exercise, Colgate University faculty took to Yik Yak in droves last week. Instead of ignoring the controversial app, more than 50 faculty members shared a variety of comments within a 1.5 mile "yak" radius. More...

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