Web conference anomie
General Vo Nguyen Giap, head of the Vietnamese military which drove the French and Americans out of his country, died today at the age of approximately 102.
A world historical figure of his stature deserves a better obituary than this New York Times piece, which rambles and repeats itself and spends more time quoting Giap’s enemies than anything else.
The Associated Press’s version, as reprinted in the Irish Times (and everywhere else right now) is better, and provides more context.
kate vs. west: i feel like a lot of the academic dismissiveness towards web-based... -
i feel like a lot of the academic dismissiveness towards web-based sources originates from students relying on heavily biased, misinformed, or inaccurate sources.
which i think could be circumvented in a more lasting and useful way by teaching students how to pick and choose sources, and…
BLESS THIS POST.
Love, your academic librarian.
Thoughts: instead of just banning Wikipedia, I had a prof that thoughtfully suggested I look at the sources listed on Wikipedia while I was writing this ridiculous paper on Renaissance trade guilds in Florence. I was struggling to find sources, and with his tip, I ended up finding an 800 page PDF of an entire book related to the subject that I hadn’t found anywhere else.
Less banning! More guiding!
I use wikipedia a TON when I am trying to discover search terms and starting point searches, especially for reference questions far out of my frame of reference. There’s a place for wikipedia and online searches, they just aren’t an end destination, most of the time.
Wikipedia has the very real advantage of being something everyone can use and refer to. The perfect library source, hidden away behind a paywall, is not as useful.
Because of the collaborative editing it has some weird problems that traditional encyclopedias don’t have, but on the whole it’s no more or less trustworthy than any given Britannica article. And it tends to be more detailed and interesting.
(Source: hohoeste, via idea-lab)
Travelogue. Last flight out.
The Library Journal / Tumblr ALA meet up is HAPPENING and I am going to be raffling off 10 of these babies. Pencil in Saturday, June 29 between 7-9pm. More details to come!
It is happening.
CIA pushed to add Boston bomber to terror watch list - The Washington Post -
Intelligence work is hard. I get that. But I would think that anybody who gets referred to both CIA and FBI might be more important than whether I take off my shoes when I fly.
**How Florentine history sounds to an art historian**:
blah blah blah Medici blah blah Botticelli blah blah art blah blah
sculpture blah Michelangelo
**How Florentine history sounds to historians**:
blah blah coup blah blah blah Medici blah blah uprising blah blah
conditierri blah Julius II blah blah
"Just play the goddamned fugue by itself."
A two-part program which included:
There was some chatter behind me about the brutality of putting a new piece on the program with one of Beethoven’s best. The consensus was that if it’s going to last as a piece of quartet repertoire it’d have to do that eventually anyway. The quote above is also from them, after the concluding Great Fugue.
Rohde’s Treatises were in the modern style where everything seems short and sharp and harsh, and the instruments appear to be playing at cross-purposes. The effect is disconcerting, which is probably part of the point.
I don’t think I’d ever heard the Beethoven piece either, so both were premieres for me. It’s very nice, and very lyrical. It comes in six movements which on first hearing don’t appear to bear much resemblance to each other. And it concluded with the Great Fugue, which Beethoven’s publisher reacted to originally by making him write something more pedestrian.
A very pleasant evening, and sold out for twenty dollars a ticket on a Saturday night.
Works for academic libraries, too.
On white board.
Just say no to QR codes.
On The Michael Arrington Accusations (Techcrunch) -
Another angle on last week’s post about Adria Richards is this week’s allegations about Michael Arrington. A former girlfriend reported he physically abused her. Gawker reports further.
If you follow the link in the title and read the comments you will discover that the man’s reputation is much more important to most of the commenters than investigating the truth of the claims.
I learned about Lewis’s Law this week, too. “The comments on any post on feminism justify feminism.”