Technology Is Not the Death of Deep Reading
In her opinion piece for No Shelf Required, Content and Media Editor at BiblioLabs, Emilie Hancock, argues that if we make even the smallest efforts to use technology as a means towards reading more, “we can re-establish a reading culture in the digital age.” At a time when so many ‘blame’ technology for ‘killing’ reading, Emilie’s article serves as a reminder that perhaps we haven’t been looking closely enough to notice that technology can, in fact, help us to read more, not less. This very thinking hits at the core of NSR’s own mission—to draw attention to the power of ebooks and econtent to transform the world into a place where reading flows and is an integral part of life in any enlightened society.
College as ‘Practice for Life’
A lot of the learning that takes place for undergraduates — perhaps most of it — happens outside the classroom
Dear Forums… I’m on a 9-Month Contract. How Can I Stem the Tide of Summer-Meeting Invites?
Do any of you adjuncts teach at more than one institution? If so, at how many do you teach? How do you prioritize for whom you work each term? How do you decide how many preps is too many and how much running between campuses is too exhausting?
School Libraries and ESSA
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces the No Child Left Behind version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that includes “effective school library programs.”
Syria’s Secret Library
When a place has been besieged for years and hunger stalks the streets, you might have thought people would have little interest in books. But enthusiasts have stocked an underground library in Syria with volumes rescued from bombed buildings – and users dodge shells and bullets to reach it.
Are You Getting the Whole Story? Beware the Filter Bubble
In the 1990s, libraries put significant effort into building web guides—curated and vetted lists of web resources. Ten years later, web guides went out of fashion and patrons were referred to Google, whose algorithms had grown so sophisticated vetting the web seemed unnecessary. Fifteen years later, these trusted algorithms have learned so much about our personal preferences that they may be getting in the way of our ability to see differing views on critical problems in society. In this particularly polarizing election cycle and in a time when social networks mingle so closely with news reporting, we need to be mindful of what Eli Pariser coined “the filter bubble.”
Countdown: 40 More Days Until Banned Books Week!
September 25th – October 1st, 2016
Boolean Operators: Pirates vs. Ninjas
An introduction to the basics of Boolean operators. Created to support information literacy instruction at Lincoln Memorial University.
4 Steps for Thinking Critically about Data Measurements
Managers use measurements every day to guide their analyses, decisions, and planning. But even the simplest measurements can mislead. Indeed, measurement is much more difficult than most managers appreciate. Managers must protect themselves by understanding weaknesses in measurements and taking these weaknesses into account as they use them.
6 Ways to Job Search Like an Olympian
I easily identified six things that any job searcher should do that Olympian’s do as well. There are definitely others I haven’t thought about… so if you’ve got more ideas, post ‘em in the comments below!
Bad Legal Writing Cut Down to Size in Age of Short Attention Spans via Law360
For as long as lawyers have existed, their writing has been a subject of scorn. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham described lawyers’ writing as “excrementitious matter.” Founding father Thomas Jefferson said one could write like a lawyer “by making every other word a ‘said’ or ‘aforesaid,’ and by saying everything over two or three times, so that nobody but we of the craft can untwist the diction.” More recently, entertainer Will Rogers said, “The minute you read something that you can’t understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer.”
Law School Wisdom: 10 Chapters from 10 Diverse Books (Part 1 of 3)
60 minutes of pleasure reading. For law school students, it’s a waste. During law school, I never wasted 60 minutes on pleasure reading. If a book didn’t have “Casebook” or “Bluebook” or “Law” in the title, then forget it. But I’m not asking for 60 minutes reading time. If you’re a law school student, I’m only asking for 10 minutes (maybe 15 if you do more than scan). Give me just 10 minutes, and I’ll give you 10 books to read. And to guard your valuable time, I’ll boil them down to their best chapters. Consider it a single book of wisdom containing 10 brief chapters. Just 10 minutes of reading time. Don’t fret … your Civ Pro grade won’t suffer.
MSU Course Teaches Law Students to Use Automation Tools
Law students at Michigan State will use ThinkSmart’s TAP automation tool to learn about best practices and automation in legal operations.
Smartphones Are Driving Everyone Insane
There’s nothing worse than whipping out your smartphone during a meeting, and few things will turn someone off to you quite like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone.
I Didn’t Think I’d Like Charlotte. Then I Fell in Love.
I love Charlotte, I really do, but I’m going to start off with a big dose of honesty — I didn’t think I would actually like it here.
Coding Explained in 25 Profound Comics
This article was published on Free Code Camp. Free Code Camp publish stories about development, design, data science, and open source. They asked their open source community to share the comics they found most profoundly described coding, via their news site (on Reddit.)