Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weekly Reader

Pearson Moves Deeper Into Online Education with $650 Million Purchase
"Pearson, a publishing and education company whose products include books, newspapers, and online services, announced a major acquisition on Tuesday that will deepen its commitment to becoming a major player in online education.
The company, which owns the Financial Times and the Penguin Group book publisher, shelled out $650-million in cash to buy EmbanetCompass, a business that provides support services to colleges and universities that are moving their programs online." -- Kathrine Mangan, The Wired Campus, 10/16/12

Managing Your Digital Footprint (Repost)
"It’s NEVER too early to start managing your digital footprint. Colleges and future employers will certainly Google your name to see what you’ve been up to. You want them to find a productive, creative online life–not the embarrassing photo from that last party you went to!" -- Jen Hurd, Bib 2.0, 10/22/12

Augmented Realities in Learning - Hype for Now?
"I don’t have enough time for thinking these days – which is  not a very good thing.This thinking beyond ourselves is what the game of learning is all about, and how we do this is how we augment the true cognitive capacities of our minds, regardless of what technology-enhanced sphere that thinking takes us into." -- Judy O'Connell, Hey Jude, 10/23/12

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ALAO Conference

If you are attending the ALAO Conference this week at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH, be sure to visit the Research and Publications table for information about the ALAO Research Grant program2013 ALAO Research Grant application process, and the grant application. A member of the Research and Publications Committee will be available at key times throughout the conference.

Monday, October 15, 2012

(Multi) Weekly Reader

Participate in Open Access Week with Help from ACRL
"Let ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Toolkit help you prepare to lead events on your campus during Open Access Week, October 22-28, 2012. Open Access Week , a global event organized by SPARC, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research." --  Kara Malenfant, ACRL Insider, 10/12/12

A Fair Use Victory for Scholars
"When there’s not a lot of good news around, it was uplifting to check Twitter late last night after a full day and find out that a federal judge has upheld fair use in an important case. Judge Harold Baer denied the Authors Guild et al’s motion for summary judgment (making quite a hash of their arguments in the process) but affirmed that what the Hathi Trust is doing is legal for three main reasons." -- Barbara Fister, Library Babel Fish,10/11/12

LCA Comments on Author Guild v Haithi Trust Decision
"The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) (whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries and Association of College and Research Libraries) welcomes Judge Baer’s decision yesterday that the HathiTrust Digital Library’s (HDL) use of digitized works is a fair use permitted under the Copyright Act." -- Kara Malenfant, ACRL Insider, 10/11/12

ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference, Cyber Zed Shed, Poster, Roundtable Proposals
"ACRL is now accepting Cyber Zed Shed presentation, poster session, roundtable discussion and Virtual Conference webcast proposal submissions for the ACRL 2013 conference to be held April 10-13, 2013, in Indianapolis. Submit proposals via the online form by Nov. 9, 2012."- Margo Conahan, ACRL Insider, 10/11/12

Our Strategy: Be Regenerative
"I was deeply involved in writing a strategic plan this summer. Actually—technically—it was a response to Virginia Tech’s long-range plan, but still– it is a vision for the future of our library. Many people contributed to this effort and we knocked it out in 90 days." -- Brian Matthews, The Ubiquitous Librarian,10/4/12

Students Think They Can Multi-Task: Here's Proof They Can't
"With easy access to all sorts of technology, students multitask. So do lots of us for that matter. But students are way too convinced that multitasking is a great way to work. They think they can do two or three tasks simultaneously and not compromise the quality of what they produce. Research says that about 5% of us multitask effectively. Proof of the negative effects of multitasking in learning environments is now coming from a variety of studies." -- Maryellen Weimer, Teaching Professor Blog, 9/26/12

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Banned Books Week

I generally don't duplicate blog posts, but I'm willing to make an exception for Banned Books Week. Here's information from the IRC News and Information Blog featuring resources for Banned Books week on the IRC Pinterest Page

Source: via IRC @ on Pinterest

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Bill Moyers: The Bane of Banned Books

"In honor of the 30th anniversary of the American Library Association’s “Banned Books Week,” Bill talks about the impact libraries have had on his youth, his dismay over book challenges in modern times, and why censorship is the biggest enemy of truth." -- Bill Moyers, The Bane of Banned Books, 9/25/12

* Post originally published on the IRC News blog.