6 apps that target higher order thinking skills

A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who…


Librarians sueing other librarians for libel???

Against Shiny

So I need to talk about something on my mind but blurt it out hastily and therefore with less finesse than I’d prefer. There has been a Recent Unpleasantness in LibraryLand where a librarian sued two other librarians for libel. Normally we are a free-speechy sort of group not inclined to sue one another over Things People Said, but as noted in this post by bossladywrites (another academic library director–we are legion), we are not in normal times.  And as Meredith observes in another smart post, it is hard to see the upside of any part of this. Note: I’m not going to discuss the actual details of the lawsuit; I’m more interested in the state of play that got us there.



E-learning and workplace transformation

An introduction to Georgetown University Library’s partnership with the development of an e-leaning program at the University, and the creation of new roles for librarians:


“Turning Challenges into Opportunities: New Directions for Legal Information Professionals.”

Disruption equals opportunity“–Robert Ambrogi

What’s that Chinese proverb? Oh yes, “In every crisis, there is opportunity.” That is Robert Ambrogi‘s position in this great post from last month, “Turning Challenges into Opportunities: New Directions for Legal Information Professionals.”


E-Learning and Digital Media: new articles

The new issue of E-Learning and Digital Media (subscription journal) (volume 11 no 6) includes articles:
– Owen Barden. Winking at Facebook: capturing digitally mediated classroom learning
– Catherine Beavis et al. Teachers’ Beliefs about the Possibilities and Limitations of Digital Games in Classrooms
– Anne Cloonan, Kirsten Hutchison & Louise Paatsch. Innovating from the Inside: teacher influence and the ‘promisingness’ of digital learning environments
– Ksenia A. Korobkova & Rebecca W. Black. Contrasting Visions: identity, literacy, and boundary work in a fan community
– Abel Usoro, Razep Echeng & Grzegorz Majewski. A Model of Acceptance of Web 2.0 in Learning in Higher Education: a case study of two cultures
– Steven J. Zuiker. Visual Communication in Transition: designing for new media literacies and visual culture art education

Abstracts at http://www.wwwords.co.uk/elea/content/pdfs/11/issue11_6.asp


New Journal – Digital Literary Studies

Digital Literary Studies will look to publish scholarly articles on research concerned with computational approaches to literary analysis/criticism, or critical/literary approaches to electronic literature, digital media, and textual resources.

Digital Literary Studies (site under development), a new open access peer-reviewed journal based out of Pennsylvania State University, is currently building its editorial team:


Open Access

Paula Callan gives a useful summary of the permutations of Open Access, as well as a checklist for identifying Predatory Publishers.

Australian Open Access Support Group

Using Data Visualisation to create meaning

A reminder that, with the ever-increasing prominence of data in scholarly communication, data is not an end in itself.

A video on the art of Data Visualisation:

Staying informed about Scholarly Publishing

Useful exploration of various means for keeping up with current developments in Scholarly Publishing:


Digital Scholarship and Manuscript Studies

Libraries Supporting Digital Scholarship: The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies as an Object Lesson

Presented as a keynote at the Association of College and Research Libraries – Delaware Valley Chapter, on November 6, 2014, the following paper describes the work done at the Institute to support and engage in digital scholarship. It includes an interesting discussion of the reuse of data, including examples from the last thousand years or so. There is also an example of a digital tool for visualizing the physical collation of books.

An exciting blend of digital technology and physical manuscripts.