As reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education and the CBC, Edwin Mellen Press has dropped ONE lawsuit; the one that names both Dale Askey and McMaster University, but according to an email sent to the ARL board of directors by Vivian Lewis, Acting University Librarian at McMaster, EMP has NOT dropped the original suit against Dale personally! This is mentioned in passing in an update to the Chronicle piece as well, though seems to be glossed over in favour of the good news for McMaster University :-/
Notice that in their press release, EMP says they're dropping one of the lawsuits not because they were in the wrong, but because "The financial pressure of the social media campaign and pressure on authors is severe. EMP is a small company. Therefore must choose to focus its resources on its business and serving its authors. Accordingly, EMP has discontinued the court case against McMaster University and Dale Askey."
Oh, and I find it hilarious that EMP opens their press release by stomping their foot and crossing their arms in a huff, "The Edwin Mellen Press (“EMP”) is a scholarly publisher. This has been confirmed in a recent Open Letter to the Scholarly Community posted on the web by the Association of Canadian University Presses." (emphasis mine).
Keep up the pressure all - Dale's not out of the woods yet!
Just a quick post to point to Publisher hits new low: Suing librarian for criticizing their books, John DuPuis' comprehensive and always updated timeline of events / statements of support for Askey / condemnation for EMP. I won't mention the situation again until something breaks...
Collaborating for Learning Conference
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
May 15 and 16, 2013
Call for Proposals
The University of Calgary invites you to present at its “Collaborating for Learning Conference”, May 15 and 16, 2013. Proposals are welcomed until March 1, 2013.
In learning and in life, collaboration is often central to achieving the results we seek. When we reflect on our most satisfying and successful learning experiences, they frequently involve collaborations among and between students, professors, or people who support our learning or who have provided us with opportunities to learn by working on projects with them.
Collaboration can take many forms. Plank (2011) speaks of how team teaching can create a learning environment where it is safe for students to confront intimidating subjects or challenging topics. She sees it as a way to move “beyond the familiar and predictable and create an environment of uncertainty, dialogue and discovery. And that is what learning is all about.” More broadly, Handelsman and colleagues (2007) observe that “biological educators … place high value on the collaborative nature of active learning strategies because they believe it plays a significant role in fostering the “spirit of science” among the students.” Perhaps at the heart of understanding why collaboration can have such a strong impact on learning across disciplines lies in a fundamental shift in helping students develop not only as critical consumers of knowledge, but in becoming producers of knowledge though authentic inquiry and problem solving (Healy & Jenkins, 2009). In this more complex learning task, diverse forms of collaboration enrich the deep learning experiences that prepare students to participate fully in work and in life.
Collaborating for Learning will focus on the many ways faculty, students and disciplines collaborate to produce the meaningful learning we strive to foster in our students. The conference will live up to its name, and provide opportunity for learning together in ways that allow us to enhance our practice, grow our research on how students learn, and build our community. It is a collaborative event where faculty, graduate students, post doctoral students, librarians, student services professionals and students are invited to discuss their insights, experiences and related research. Some of the themes for consideration include collaboration inside the classroom, outside the classroom, collaboration among the disciplines and collaboration in inquiry.
Keynote Speaker: We are fortunate to have Dr. Gary Poole, the Associate Director of the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Senior Scholar in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship at the University of British Columbia, as our guest speaker.
Submitting a Proposal: Proposals are welcomed until March 1, 2013. Further information, a detailed list of theme-related questions, and the proposal submission form can be found at http://tlc.ucalgary.ca/cflearn/
Questions? Feel free to contact us through the conference website at http://tlc.ucalgary.ca/cflearn/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your proposal and welcoming you to the University of Calgary and our city.
You might also want to book a few extra days while you are here and explore the city or take a trip to beautiful Rockies.
Rosalie Pedersen, Interim Director,
Teaching and Learning Centre
University of Calgary
Following a link from Lifehacker, I went ahead and signed up for the Advanced Power Searching course taught by Google. Guess I should go ahead and work my way through the archive of the Power Searching course that's still available online...
The Advanced course begins Jan 23, 2013 and includes the following challenges:
According to my confirmation email,
Course materials will be released in two batches:
In order to pass the course and earn your certificate, you must submit and evaluate two assignments and complete a final search challenge by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, February 8, 2013.
Just ran across ChronoZoom this AM, which immediately reminded me of Prezi in the way things zoom around. It does look pretty cool, but so far appears to only contain content produced by the beta participants. While this makes sense as a beta, I really hope they open it up to contributions from a wider community.
ChronoZoom is an open source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything to bridge the gap between the humanities and sciences using the story of Big History to easily understand all this information. This project has been funded and supported by Microsoft Research Connections in collaboration with University California at Berkeley and Moscow State University.
I also don't like that you can't link to a specific piece of content, but a really good illustration of the timeline feature is if you take a peek at the World War II Tour:
You can view use the project on your iPad, which is cool. Here's a nice video introduction:
Apologies for the delay on getting this one up - I had a bit of a time finding a simple solution to host a very large (over 100mb) powerpoint presentation. Slideboom to the rescue!:
Here's the whole thing (pptx) if you'd like to download it.
In this talk Erik Boekesteijn, Jaap Van de Geer, Jeff Wisniewski and I presented a fair number of examples of libraries we thought have done a good job of rethinking the spaces they occupy, and also threw out some food for thought for anyone considering revising their library spaces through renovation or new building. Important to note that some of these examples can be emulated w/o much money at all, so don't let that be an excuse!
Had I seen them before we put together the presentation I would've included the following two articles:
If You Build It, Will They Come? Library Learning Spaces and Technology - Educause Review:
In the first year after the Shapiro Library at the University of Michigan undertook a renovation of a large lobby space on the first floor of the building, we were surprised to find that one of the embedded technology options wasn’t being used much, and we didn’t know why.
"Earlier this year, the building's DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library became one of the first academic libraries in the United States to provide 3D scanning and printing to all students and faculty, as well as the public."
So you may have noticed I haven't been blogging much over the past year or so. In part, this presentation explains why. At the University of Calgary we (not so) recently opened a new building, the Taylor Family Digital Library (aka TFDL). I was heavily involved not so much in choosing, but in implementing a fair amount of the technology we put in place in the building, which we wanted to be one of the most technologically advanced in North America, if not the entire world. Last week, my colleague Dr. John Brosz and I presented on the new building at Internet Librarian 2012 in Monterey. You can read Info Today's writeup of the presentation (with correct URL to virtual tour), and you can watch the presentation via slideshare below, or follow the link and download the presentation to enjoy offline.
Just received via email:
The Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning is excited to offer FREE access to its Summer Reading List: a collection of Editor selected articles from its archives centered on the theme of Online Instruction. Articles include:
Using Adobe Connect to Deliver Online Library Instruction to the RN to BSN Program, Kathleen Carlson, 5(4)
Graduate Student Library Research Skills: Is Online Instruction Effective?, Barbara A. Shaffer, 5(1/2)
Playing to Win: Embedded Librarians in Online Classrooms, Sandra Lee Hawes, 5(1/2)
New Library, New Librarian, New Student: Using LibGuides to Reach the Viral Student, Sara Roberts and Dwight Hunter, 5(1/2)
View the entire Summer Reading List and enjoy access until August 31, 2012.
The Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning specifically addresses the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists in the rapidly growing field of distance education. The journal addresses a wide variety of subjects vital to the field, including, but not limited to: collection development strategies, faculty/librarian partnerships or collaborations, cutting edge instruction and reference techniques, document delivery, remote access and evaluations.
For more information about the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, please visit the journal's webpage: www.tandfonline.com/WLIS
On May 7-9, 2012 the University of Calgary hosted the 6th Canadian Learning Commons Conference. The theme of the conference was New Media, New Fluencies and Life Skills Development: Preparing Learners for the 21st Century.
The proceedings for that conference have now been posted in the UofC Institutional Repository. Enjoy!
Maybe it's because I don't actually look for it, but it seems that most of the research / survey results I see is geared towards learning about how undergrads use / perceive the library, and services surrounding information seeking.
JISC and The British Library have just released a "major study into the behavioural habits of the 'Generation Y' PhD students".
The Researchers of Tomorrow project surveyed 17,000 doctoral students over the course of its three year longitudinal study to set a benchmark for the research behaviour of so-called Generation Y students born between 1983-1992. The final year of the study looked in detail at researchers’ use of social media applications within the research setting, and it found that, over the three-year period, there has been only a gradual increase in use of the social web and social media, which may seem surprising considering our increasingly digitalised culture.
I've only read the press release so far, but there are some pretty interesting nuggets in there, such as,
Other findings from the report include a continuing lack of understanding about the nature of open access. Generation Y students felt that putting their own work out openly will bring them no positive benefits, and may even have a negative impact. Equally, doctoral students’ understanding of the intellectual property and copyright environment appears to be a source of confusion, rather than an enabler of innovation.
Much work still to be done!!!!!
Registration for the Fourth International m-libraries Conference is now open. The conference will be held 24-26 September 2012 at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. The main theme for the conference this year is "From margin to mainstream: mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries". I attended the 2nd m-libraries conference in Vancouver in 2009 and found it quite useful. Won't be able to make this one though.
Information about this year's conference seems to be a little scattered, with the official page linking to an official blog, and no link (except in the email I got) to the registration site, which is currently the only place you can get the PDF program. :-/
Looks like ebooks is the unofficial theme this year...
I honestly don't have anything new to add to this situation, but I wanted to throw together a few links for you to follow (legally even!) if you want to try and figure out what's going through the heads of the administrators at Canadian Universities that are planning to sign on with the Access Copyright - AUCC Model Licence. I can sure think of better places for a University to spend a large amount of money!
First, Michael Geist, as always, offers a clear and well-reasoned post: Why Universities Should Not Sign the Access Copyright - AUCC Model Licence.
Second, earlier today The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary (TUCFA) posted a link to a fascinating PDF in which CAUT, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, responds point by point to the University of Calgary's response to CAUT's concerns with the AUCC/Access Copyright model licence.
Finally, earlier this month Ariel Katz, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, took a detailed look at how the recent decision in the Georgia State University copyright case is relevant here in Canada. He concludes that, "... American universities are much more willing to assert and defend their rights, while many Canadian ones, short-sighted, extremely risk-averse, and ill-advised, still cling to their habit of being dependent on Access Copyright."
Ouch, and spot on, IMHO!
Oh, and I notice Dr. Katz is also keeping a running list of members in the Canadian Hall of F/Sh/ame.