My In-Service Day Project: Spring Cleaning of My Reading Routines

  As my in-service day project, I’ve decided to re-consider my current approach to keeping track of things that I want to read. My current system is as follows: I discover articles, videos, books, blog posts, and websites that I want to read/watch/explore through many different channels: facebook, twitter, email, following footnotes and citations from […]

Notes from the Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference

Mike Roy’s Notes from  BUCKNELL DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Faculty Research, 14-16 November 2014 #BUDSC14 on twitter   “Performing Collaborative Scholarship” Chris Long (Pennsylvania State University)   Of particular interest to me in Long’s talk were His Digital Dialogue ( ) project , which “dedicated to cultivating the excellences of […]

Is Linking Thinking?

After years (really, over a decade) of kicking these thoughts around, I’ve finally published my thoughts on the challenges of born-digital scholarship in a world that values tradition, legibility, and durability over innovation. You can find it at  It isn’t the final word, but it is nice to have this off my chest and […]

Profs Fail iEtiquette 101

I enjoyed Middlebury’s own Laurie Essig’s recent Chron article Profs Fail iEtiquette 101 which makes many useful points about the evolution of manners and good taste over time, but also about the mounting evidence that multi-tasking is actually not possible, and that it largely results in mediocre or worse results all around.  

Words Fly Up: A Report from Chuck Henry’s Visit to Middlebury

Charles Henry, the President of the Council of Library and Information Resources (aka CLIR) visited Middlebury last week to give a talk about how the future of higher education is being disrupted by a set of major national and international initiatives that collectively bring both promise and challenges to the existing system of teaching, learning, […]

twitter and the social basketball scene

One of the big differences for me in moving to Vermont a few years ago is that I have a social life that is far more intermingled with my professional life than my pre-Vermont social life. For better and worse, this is one of the features of living in a small town where a great […]

Long, strange trip report: Educause 2010

I made the annual pilgramage to the annual Educause meeting. This year’s event was in Anaheim. Here’s a quick summary of the topics, sessions, projects, and ideas that struck me as most interesting, in no particular order. The program, with lots of links to videos, twitter feeds, slides, and related resources can be found at […]

The dream of a single library

Two states over from Vermont in the great state of Maine, our library colleagues at Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin are in the midst of what to many might seem to be a radical experiment. They have created what is known in Library Land as a shared approval plan for all three schools. They have all […]

Pricing Printing

I’m not an economist by training or even by disposition, but my job requires me to think in economic terms on a regular basis. My latest challenge is to figure out a pricing scheme for charging for printing on campus. Free printing, like free anything, is an example of what economists call the tragedy of […]

Hello world!

Here’s a start to my blog, which will serve as a way to provide me (and whoever else might find such things interesting) access to all the various things that I’m working on or thinking about. Topics that I’m already composing in my head include: the future of word processing, the cult(ure) of print, email […]