Roy Tennant sits down with Valerie Aurora of the Ada Initiative during Code4Lib14 for a discussion on technology, feminism, and libraries.
Link: What if we do, in fact, know best?: A Response to the OCLC Report on DH and Research Libraries
“What if we do, in fact, know best?: A Response to the OCLC Report on DH and Research Libraries” written by Dot Porter (@leoba) and published by DH+LIB.
Last week, Google unveiled a new service called Helpouts and, maybe in the process, they’ve introduced a threat to libraries. Libraries face increased costs due to journals and databases, while at the same time they have seen their budgets decrease or stagnate since 2008. But, what does that have to do with Google Helpouts?
Digital Public Library of America
Besides transitioning to the Twitter account @dpla, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced it will provide copies of 1.2 million digital objects to the DPLA. If you’re interested in learning more about the non-profit, there’s a brief Q&A with the new DPLA Executive Director, Dan Cohen. The launch will take place April 18-19, 2013 at the Boston Public Library.
California Bill Demands Credit for Online Courses (MOOCs)
As reported in the New York Times and Inside Higher Ed, a new bill to be filed by California Senate President Darrell Steinberg “aims to create a ‘statewide system of faculty-approved, online college courses.'”  Read More »Weekly Ed-Tech / Digital Scholarship Trends: March 13, 2013
For a wonderful blog post that details one writer’s experience navigating the world of scholarly publishing, please read “Proof” by Micah Vandegrift. You can also read open-access versions of the articles that were printed in… Read More »How to Negotiate Your Scholarly Publishing Contract
South by Southwest Edu (SXSWedu) is in full swing. Expect a spate of blogposts with the words “launch,” “game-changer,” “dynamic,” “app,” “tablet,” and “future” to burst forth on the web. You can follow along on Twitter and play bingo on your own.
Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections
As libraries continue to digitize special collections, ARL and Ithaka S+R have released a report Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries (PDF) that offers a snapshot of research libraries digitization efforts.
Bill of Rights for Online Learners
Stakeholders in educational technology drafted a Bill of Rights for online learners, which then drew criticism from other stakeholders as published in the Chronicle of Higher Ed. That criticism prompted a thoughtful rebuttal from Cathy Davidson. As MOOC companies become more entwined with higher education, expect greater calls for transparency and unease regarding student data and revenue streams.
Coursera’s MOOC Meltdown
Speaking of MOOC’s, ironically, Coursera’s class “Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application” was cancelled due to difficulties with design and technology. A student from the class blogged about feeling cheated because of the course’s failure. It raises questions about the relationship between students and MOOC’s. What is the commitment from an institution to non-paying students? Are MOOC’s all just a grand experiment? What does it mean to be cheated out of something that is free? For those of you interested in teaching a MOOC, read Tucker Balch’s post “Teaching a MOOC: Lessons Learned & Best Balch Practices.”
Read More »Weekly Ed-Tech / Digital Scholarship Trends: February 6th, 2013