I’ve retweeted a couple of these already today, but I’m finding a lot of interesting stuff on higher ed and libraries this afternoon. So, rather than flood folks who follow my professional account on Twitter (@alisonkcody) I’m going to round it all up here:
NY Times Motherlode: After Class, Skimpy Equality
A really interesting take on what’s happening outside the classroom with gender equality. Seems like it all depends on your perspective, but for myself, I really wonder how much the gals who say “it’s no big deal” really mean it, and how much they’ve been completely influenced by their peers. College is a time for experimentation, but for me it was also a time when I started to step out from under the influence of one particular friend, and became miles more confident after doing so. If the rest of my group had been like her, who knows what kind of person I’d be now. Anyway that’s a kind of garbled way to say that this a complex issue, and there’s probably not any right or wrong answer.
NY Times: Generation Limbo: Waiting it Out
A profile of a handful of recent grads who are underemployed. Many of those profiled are pursuing artistic interests and volunteering, which is great. But I think this article gives very short shrift to those who are really struggling to get by and are relying on government assistance despite a fresh college degree.
Library Computer Use Pre- and Post-Irene
There have been a few items floating around regarding the usefulness of libraries after a disaster like Irene, which among other things cut the power for a lot of us for a significant amount of time. Probably the most striking is the simple charts that the Darien Library (Darien, CT) posted to their flickr stream the other day: Internet Usage @ Darien Library, Pre- and Post-Irene. THere’s also this article from Bloomberg, via the San Francisco Chronicle: Hunt for Wi-Fi Crowds Cafes, Libraries with Stranded Workers. Jessamyn West also posted a nice roundup of how to get information about libraries damaged in Irene, as well as where to get info and updates about the insane hurricane damage in Vermont: Helping Libraries Damaged by Hurricane Irene. As a New Englander I’m especially interested in the situation in Vermont, and am curious to see how they adapt and recover.
This is a short article talking about an initiative at Southern New Hampshire University to try and determine what’s coming down the pike after online education. I don’t think this is really something new, but the idea of letting students drive the learning process, and learn at their own pace, is important. That said I don’t know that this would really work for every class, especially in the humanities. The lit major in me wants to know how you can really study literature if you don’t put in the hours of lecture and discussion led by someone who’s utterly steeped in the author’s work.
And the last one for today
Steve Lawson jumps in with some thoughts spurred by recent posts elsewhere talking about how the conversation has become fragmented and distributed across many platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, blogs, etc.) and how difficult it’s become to go back and find that article that someone . . . posted somewhere . . . at some point recently . . .
He ends with the obvious point — put what you want to find later on your blog and don’t stress about writing a Big Long Thing about it. Just post it. So with that in mind this blog may or may not shudder back to a life that has more to it than just my intermittently posted roundups of what I’ve been reading.