14 4 / 2014

Successful Kickstarter. Funded December 013.

"Ever, Jane is a virtual world that allows people to role-play in Regency Period England. Similar to traditional role playing games, we advance our character through experience, but that is where the similarities end. Ever, Jane is about playing the actual character in the game, building stories. Our quests are derived from player’s actions and stories. And we gossip rather than swords and magic to demolish our enemies and aid our friends."

14 3 / 2014

"Things just might be different this time. Doubts about statistical standard operating procedure and the replicability of major findings are rampant across multiple fields of study, not just psychology. And, these issues have the attention of major scientific studies and even the US Government. But the strength of the resistance should not be underestimated."

14 3 / 2014

"As the web turns 25, I’m beginning to think that anyone who cares about information literacy should include a critical look at how our privacy is endangered and how to avoid sharing personal information when you don’t want to."

14 3 / 2014

"I’d call it defensiveness, but that word is enough to make people legitimately defensive: it frames reaction as overreaction. Worried faculty are not overreacting. Maybe the humanities aren’t in crisis, but the academy as professors have known it in their working lives is. It is in its forms of labor, in its structures of governance, in its political capital, in its finances."

Also this: “Perhaps counter to the general trend, I personally feel as if I have little invested in the fortunes of history as a discipline or African studies as a specialization. I have a great deal invested in the value of thinking about and through the past, and in the methods that historians (in and out of the academy) employ, but I don’t see such thinking as necessarily synonymous with the discipline of history as it exists in its academic form circa 2014.”


Via Frame(d) | Easily Distracted

14 3 / 2014

"Kristof is right that universities have become inhospitable places for public intellectuals, but he misses the ultimate cause. The real problem isn’t culture. It’s money."

14 3 / 2014

"The point about public services is that they are services essential to the public good and, thus, cannot be left for the free market because while they may be necessary, they may not be (and frequenly are not) profitable: thus, providing very little market incentive to provide these services"

14 3 / 2014

thepinakes:

Called Out

Today, the BCALA (Black Caucus of the American Library Association) protested the ALA’s decision not to move our annual conference from the already scheduled and booked venue in Orlando to a place where laws don’t protect white people who shoot black people for no greater reason than they are afraid of them. I’m trying to avoid sensationalism, but the legally sanctioned murders of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis deserve the attention they are getting.

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There are a lot of conversations that need to take place. I don’t think anyone has had a chance to formulate an appropriate response to this. However, as a white librarian, I do have some things that I really want my fellow privileged colleagues to say and there are some things that I really hope we don’t say. I want to lay out my hopes and fears for the future conversation here.

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Nicholas Schiller | Information. Games.

13 3 / 2014

"Individual values such as democracy, diversity, access, and social responsibility have been the subject of inquiry by prominent scholars in library studies. There has not, however, been a coherent collection of scholarship addressing these specific, individual values in the practice of librarianship. Valuing Librarianship, a special issue of Library Trends*, is an attempt to redress this absence within the context of public, school, special, and academic libraries."

13 3 / 2014

"

Twitter’s rules give me the go-ahead to embed all sorts of public tweets on Daily Dot articles. If I worked for BuzzFeed, I would have the same permission.


But here’s the thing: Even though I can do something doesn’t mean I should do something.

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13 3 / 2014

"Fear not. I say nothing particularly new here, but I do offer a three-weeks-out lit review of the hoopla, in hopes of finding a pattern in the noise."