Thursday, March 26, 2009

U of Michigan Press Commits to Digital Monograph

Inside Higher Ed reported that the University of Michigan Press has commit ed "to shift its scholarly publishing from being primarily a traditional print operation to one that is primarily digital". In addition, Scott McLemee blogged about this. McLemee correctly remarks that this sea change has been on the horizon for some time AND that this change will radically impact infrastructure that produces and circulates knowledge/scholarship/information. I would also add that uses and practices of literacy will change because of this too. Preferences for consumption and organization of such information will drive these new literacies. Of course, policy and pedagogy must recognize this change, driven by digital literacy, and accommodate accordingly.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Daft Punk

womyn/man, i just seems we need more of this these days. increasingly i am looking for music/soundtracks/whatever that enable a looking in all directions at the same time. it's geography, not history. daft punk feels like what henri lefebvre was saying when he uttered "history is contested in the city but won in the countryside". btw, lefebvre was french as is daft punk. that's hokey on my part. sorry.

but, back to my claim this is good stuff. seriously. i'm serious. are those the same?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Library Journal Releases Movers & Shakers 2009

Library Journal has published its annual issue that includes "Movers & Shakers 2009". These are the people identified as those who are "shaping the future of libraries".

I like the map function on the site that details total winners...way to go NC!

The only augmentation I'd like to see in the future might be the creation of a "monkeywrench" category...a space to profile the radicals that are challenging the status quo in (sometimes uncomfortable) lesser aggrandized ways. I'm thinking of social, economic, and literacy justice areas. Granted, many on this year's list do this; but, a whole category of monkeywrenchers would be pretty cool. Good stuff regardless.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"What a way to go out, out like a sucka"

Once again, Jon Stewart proves to be the closest thing we have to journalism. Most recently, Stewart calls out Jim Cramer and in his infinite hubris Cramer falls into the Crossfire/Tucker Carlson trap...he tries to defend an indefensible argument. I'm saddened because, in a way, I really like Cramer but he's beat. He'll be on Jon Stewart tomorrow. In honor of this event I'm embedding a classic. Please watch, Jim.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Symbolic Interactionist Poesis

Mainstream Humanities, poolside but never in the pool. DCFC as poetry. This composition seems pretty magical and profound...happy sad happy sad.