31 mai 2015

Ending my blog in 50 days

By Brian Mathews. And so here we are.
When I first started blogging it as fun. There were many of us out there trying new things and sharing our stories. We were learning on the fly and forging our digital (and professional) identities.
That was a decade ago. More...

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The Evolving & Expanding Service Landscape Across Academic Libraries

By Brian Mathews. We all know there has been a national decline in reference transactions. Here is some raw ARL data suggesting that questions have dropped nationally from 20,000,000 in 1995 to just barely 5,000,000 in 2014. More...

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Serendipitous Learning on Twitter

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . I really appreciated this recent Chronicle Conversation post by Thomas Fisher in which he recounts his experiment of taking students outside the classroom to learn in different spaces that students chose themselves. It makes complete sense for an architecture class, but it also makes sense for other disciplines, and others have done it (see here and here). Read more...

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Traveling Light

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . Ah, summer, when it’s not uncommon to be traveling. Last year, I had some international travel, and one of the things that helped me survive was a keyboard case for my iPad, which enabled me to leave my laptop at home even though I had a lot of writing to do. Read more...

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One Bag Academic Travel

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . Summer often brings an increase in both personal and academic travel, as the shift from a regular class schedule often lends time for study abroad, extended conferences and workshops, and other events. I have a lot of this type of travel going this summer, and sometimes I’m home for what feels like only a few hours before I need to repack my bag for the next event. With all of the extra fees for airline travel, there’s more incentive than ever to pack light for every trip, without paying checked-bag fees or exceeding limits on weight and size for carry-on luggage. This has given me a lot of experience with careful minimalist packing. There’s a lot of advice out there on traveling well with one carry-on bag: Rick Steves advocates packing light for international travel, and the One Bag site is entirely dedicated to minimalist travel. Read more...

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Weekend Reading: End of May Edition

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . With many of us at ProfHacker advocating or practicing some level of public scholarship, it can be valuable to learn from the experience of academic “celebrity.” Claire Potter reflects on her experiences building an online presence in “Becoming Tenured Radical: A Historian in the Blogosphere” at The American Historian. Read more...

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An Honor and a Horror

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Brooklyn Beckham, the 16-year-old son of the soccer star David Beckham and Victoria (Posh Spice) Beckham, met Professor Stephen Hawking during a day in Cambridge recently. Brooklyn put a photo of the encounter on Instagram, adding a brief remark: “What a honour to meet Stephan Hawking. Such an inspiring afternoon.” More...

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‘Cheeky Nando’s’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Humility is always a good thing. I got a dose of it recently, courtesy of a BuzzFeed article posted to Facebook by a friend of mine, Siobhan Wagner, a journalist who was born in the U.S, but has been living in London for nine years. The article was called “Americans On Tumblr Are Trying To Find Out What A ‘Cheeky Nando’s’ Is And Are Struggling” and concerned a meme that had become popular in England. More...

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A Really Bad Spell

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . There are bad spellers, and then there are really bad spellers. Most of the time when we gripe about bad spellers we mean the first kind, who are actually for the most part pretty good. More...

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The Right to Ovate, and Other Problems

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . At Cannes recently, the actor Matthew McConaughey spoke out on the negative response to Gus Van Sant’s new film, The Sea of Trees.
“Anyone has as much right to boo as they have to ovate,” the actor observed. More...

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