Category Archives: libraries

Preserving today's digital universe for the future: an important call

In the years to come, how can universities, libraries, and museums best preserve the digital present for the future? This has been a vital question for decades, but has taken on a new dimension of late as automation and algorithms … Continue reading

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The future of libraries lies in younger, nonwhite people without college degrees

How will libraries change?  Who will use and support them? A new update from Pew Research suggests that while most Americans value libraries, certain populations are more likely to support them than others, especially when it comes to learning from … Continue reading

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Reading _Rainbows End_: the conclusion

And so we conclude our book club’s reading of Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End (previous posts here).  With this post I’ll summarize the closing chapters, offer some reflections, and add some questions for discussion. I have to say the novel was … Continue reading

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What fake news is doing to digital literacy

Yesterday I keynoted a virtual conference on digital literacy and fake news.  Actually, I helped organize an opening panel, then took notes on sessions, then offered a closing presentation. Here are my notes, with a couple of the slides.  The whole … Continue reading

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On that Stanford information literacy study

A Stanford University team won a lot of attention this week by releasing a study on how badly teenagers assess information online.  “Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning” examined more than 7,000 students to check their information literacy skills. … Continue reading

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Future Trends Forum #7 with Deanna Marcum: notes and video

Deanna Marcum was our Future Trends Forum guest on March 21st, and offered excellent thoughts about the evolution of libraries.  Let me summarize the discussion and share the video recording: THE FUTURE OF LIBRARIES We began by discussing the evolution of … Continue reading

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American professors using information: the latest Ithaka S+R survey results

How do professors use information in their research?  Ithaka S+R has been researching this question since 2000, and just released their most recent work.  It’s a survey of American faculty work habits conducted in 2015, and it is very illuminating … Continue reading

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The future of libraries and what higher ed leaders think of education: Deanna Marcum on the next Forum

Next up on the Future Trends Forum is Deanna Marcum, from Ithaka S+R.  Together we’ll explore the future of libraries and attitudes about the future of higher education shared by campus leaders and experts. We’ll begin by discussing how library services … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the future of museums

From the excellent Center for the Future of Museums comes a fascinating roundtable discussion. The prompt was clear: “what is the future for museums?” Several themes emerged from my perspective. Nearly every speaker assigned a growing importance to access and … Continue reading

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Considering a year of bloggery

Looking back on 2014, I was curious about this blog’s most popular posts.  WordPress generated helpful stats, which shed some light on what readers look for in this bloghouse. So what were you most curious about in 2014, my blogospheric audience? … Continue reading

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