Posts by Carrie Macfarlane

 
 
 

Friday Links – July 11, 2014

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At Sea in a Deluge of Data
By Alison J. Head and John Wihbey
Chronicle of Higher Education
People in charge of hiring at large organizations such as Microsoft, Nationwide Insurance and the FBI say that recent college graduates lack skills in research and analysis. “The new workers default to quick answers plucked from the Internet. That method might be fine for looking up a definition or updating a fact, but for many tasks, it proved superficial and incomplete…”

How unexpected opportunities can inform practice – As a part of some of my coursework I have had the opportunity to read some interesting educational research. I thought it might be helpful to share a brief overview of some of the articles that I’ve reviewed. This is the first post in a series that I was planning to share. Please feel free to contact me at hstafford@middlebury.edu if you’d like to discuss further.

11 University and Library Groups Release Net-Neutrality Principles – The nation’s colleges and libraries have a message for the Federal Communications Commission: Don’t mess with net neutrality.

“At the beginning of the term” – a poem

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Another poem from Gary Margolis, this one about higher education:

At the beginning of the term
     for students and teachers lying down

I used to hand out the syllabus,
its outline of books and assignments,
its expected exams.

Answered the first questions.
How long should a short paper be?
Do we have to use quotes for everything?

Does speaking in class count
toward our final grade?
I went around the room

pronouncing their names,
asking each one to say
a few words of what drew them

to this course, what they hoped
to learn and wanted to take home
at the end of the day. A phrase I said

they couldn’t write, by the way.
We’ve all heard it so often it makes
a cliché of the news, when a summary is

trying to be made. I think of today,
watching again students being interviewed,
saying they heard shots in the next room.

They locked themselves in. Later,
in shock, one said he didn’t know how
he would get his work done, hand in

his due paper. Until he realized
what he was saying for the wounded
and dead. What, I’m afraid,

my college has instructed me to note
first, at the beginning of the term
and now every day. The locks

on the windows and doors.
How a book can be used
to shield our hearts.

“On the Eve of the Triple Crown” – a poem

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For your enjoyment, from Gary Margolis: “Another new poem that also references the Arthur Healey paintings in the library.”

On the Eve of the Triple Crown

Victory’s standing asleep in his Belmont stall.
The runner-up, a half-door down, lies
in his sawdust bed. In the stands
their owners are smoking Galois,

as Arthur Healey the Irish Sweepstakes
painter did. Wives are toasted in their brimming
hats. God is a length away from being led
from his paddock. Last night

I couldn’t sleep. I saw words running
around a track, a mile and a half.
I was afraid I was seeing things, carnations,
I wouldn’t be able to write down.

Victory’s remembering what I thought
I dreamt, waking with a pen in my hand.
Seeing myself raising a glass in the infield
and not in the stands. Holding a brush

as Arthur Healey, the watercolorist did.
Urging the flash of colors in one
winning stroke. Inhaling a strong cigarette.
The moment you hear They’re off.

New at go/lib: Ask a Midd Librarian

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Thanks to lots of work from LIS staff members including Bryan and Ian, we’re trying out a new widget for the library home page. (Click on that link and scroll! You’ll notice what I’m talking about right away.)

The “Ask a Midd Librarian” widget should make it even easier for library users to get answers to their questions. It appears on every page of the library site. When librarians are logged in and available for chat, the widget says, “Chat with a Midd Librarian,” and clicking on the widget initiates a chat session. When we’re not logged, the text changes to, “Ask a Midd Librarian,” and clicking on it sends the person to a page that lists all the ways they can get help from us.

Scrolling widgets seem to be appearing all over the web these days, so it felt like a good time to test. Let us know what you think!

Liaison Discussion: Interactive Workshop Activities

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Topic: Interactive Workshop Activities. Led by Joe Antonioli, Brenda Ellis, Stacy Reardon and Carrie Macfarlane.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
When and where: Friday, December 13, 10-11 am. LIB145.

Description:
We continue to experiment with techniques that make our workshops more interactive. Joe, Brenda, Stacy and Carrie will share their recent attempts, then turn the floor over to the group for discussion. Come ready to tell others about your own ideas, whether you’ve tested them in the classroom or not. Bring a laptop if you want to experiment with concept mapping. This is part 2 of our discussion from last October (October 2012: Increasing student participation in workshops).

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“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.

Liaison Discussion: Data Management

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Topic: Data Management. Led by Wendy Shook.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
Where and when: Friday, October 25, 10-11 am. LIB145.

Description: Wendy will bring us up to date on the status of science data management, data management planning, and a pilot data repository in the making.

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“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.

Fall Family Weekend at the Library

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Fall Family Weekend is coming up. There are 3 events at the Davis Family Library on Friday. Full schedule is here: Fall Family Weekend 2013.

Friday, October 11

1:00–3:00 p.m.—Highlights from Library Special Collections and Archives
View an exhibit of Civil War letters written from September 1862 to June 1865 by Orlando French, a member of the 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, to his wife Lydia. Also on exhibit is Picturing Middlebury: Images from the College Archives. Conclude your visit in the Special Collections reading room to view a varied selection of rare books and unique manuscripts selected for Fall Family Weekend by our curators.
Davis Family Library, Special Collections & Archives Reading Room

3:00 p.m.— Data Analysis, Experimental Economics, and the Liberal Arts
Come see Middlebury’s brand new data-analysis computer lab and learn how faculty are using this new facility to engage students in hands-on research and the development of data-analysis skills. You can participate in an actual experiment led by Assistant Professor of Economics Andrea Robbett. The experiment is designed to highlight a relatively new area of study in economics—how people actually behave given economic incentives. Rather than just learning about economic models of behavior (e.g., consumption, investment, production), this demonstration will illustrate how researchers can test such models using the experimental lab.
Davis Family Library, Room 140

3:00–6:00 p.m.— Marathon Reading of Homer’s “Iliad”
Beginning Friday afternoon Oct. 11, at 3 p.m., the Middlebury College Classics Department will sponsor a marathon reading of Homer’s “Iliad”, in English using the Lattimore translation.  The “Iliad” is an epic Greek poem that recounts the siege of Troy and includes memorable allusions to ancient art, heroics of war and enduring literary images.  The reading, by both students and faculty, will continue through Oct. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. each morning on Saturday and Sunday until dusk each evening.  The reading will be held on the steps of the Middlebury College Library and is open and free to the public.
Davis Family Library, Library steps