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Posts by Michael Winter
Why was an entire academic philosophy department moved to draft and circulate a critique of one of the latest trends to hit academia? Now that you’ve read David Michalski’s previous post on the promise of “slow research,” for those looking beyond the murky hype surrounding online education, read this incisive and thought-provoking analysis of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from The Stanford Daily. (Stanford University is the home of Coursera, one of the earlier attempts to develop a MOOC curriculum).
Read Richard Poynder’s excellent and thoughtful article on how large research libraries have been receiving their journal content in the form of huge all-inclusive provider-based bundles (the “big deal’ model so loved by the big providers has however not proved to be such a good deal for anyone else). And if you think “Open Access” is the solution to the problem, you should read what the author has to say about that as well.
A collaborative, interdisciplinary, and international project in the digital humanities, Mapping the Republic of Letters, centered at Stanford University, presents visualizations that analyze “big data” relating to the world of early-modern scholars, with a focus primarily on their correspondence, travel, and social networks. The project makes use of quantitative metrics while retaining a committment to the qualitative methods of the humanities.
Adam Siegel, a librarian in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Government Information Department of Shields Library, has just published the first installment of his translation of Forschungsbericht (Research Report), an ethnographic nonfiction novel by the German writer Hubert Fichte (1935-1986). The initial selection and its sucessors will appear in serial form in the pages of InTranslation. Read the initital installment at:
BMW has introduced a new concept of the work group: the average age of the workers can’t drop below 47, reflecting the shifting demographics of the advanced industrial societies.
Full story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21535772
From the article: “The printed book risks going the way of the cuneiform tablet, papyrus scroll or vellum parchment, say the doomsayers….but despite the huge growth in e-books in the past few years, the traditional publishing houses are not yet predicting the end of printed book.
In fact, figures for 2012 show that while e-book sales are still on the rise, the rate of decline in print sales has actually slowed.”
The UCD libraries have recently acquired some materials of special interest to Southeast Asianists, scholars focusing on the Western Pacific islands, and anthropologists of medicine. A physician with a specialty in virology, Gajdusek was best-known for contributions to the study of kuru, a disease endemic to New Guinea, and the first known infectious prion disease afflicting humans. Gajdusek and Baruch Blumberg shared the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine for their joint contributions to the epidemiology of the disease. The materials are typed notes of travels in New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Britain, and East New Guinea, written between 1957 and 1962, and 1969-1970; along with notes describing expeditions to the Soviet Union, Madagascar, La Reunion, Mauritius, Indonesia, Australia, and Guam (1969-1970). The materials await processing before being added to Shields Library.
Index to Reports Published in the Appendices to the Journals of the California Legislature 1905-1970.September 21st, 2012 by Michael Winter
This recent open access eScholarship publication by UCD librarian Juri Stratford indexes a previously inaccessible collection of California Legislature reports, from 1905 to 1970. This publicly accessible index can be found at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/42n75566.