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Times Literary Supplement review – how emojis are moving us away from written communications

Times Literary Supplement: “…Both Evans [The Emoji Code, Vyvyan Evans] and Danesi [Marcel Danesi, The Semiotics of Emoji] set out to explain why emoji are an important development, why it is interesting to study them, and why we can ignore naysayers who cite them as another example of the erosion of standards. For Evans they tell us something about the psychology of language, the pragmatics of communication, and the human ability to innovate and adapt. For Danesi emoji represent how eager we are to influence the emotions of others, to signal our communicative intent, and to resolve ambiguity in language….By the penultimate chapter, Wolf has built to her “greatest fear” and “highest hope”: that the deterioration of deep reading capacities will have grave consequences for present generations and the next, but that new dimensions of cognition and perception alongside the new availability of literacy and learning to those who do not currently have it will unleash a great new human potential – a “third revolution in the brain” (the first being the development of reading, the second being its recession). It is on this note that the book is turned on its head, and Wolf goes on to describe an experiment in Ethiopia: tablet devices pre-loaded with educational software were distributed among illiterate children in remote villages to allow them to learn English independently. The question was whether the children would be able to work the devices and whether they would learn to learn, having been exposed to little formal teaching and almost no English beforehand…”

NYPL Reading Room for Rare Books and Manuscripts

The Village Voice – Keepers of the Secrets: “I was told that the most interesting man in the world works in the archives division of the New York Public Library, and so I went there, one morning this summer, to meet him…Our destination was Room 328. archives division of the New York Public Library, archives… Continue Reading

U of Wis – Using Infographics in Strategic Planning & Assessment

“The UW Law Library engages in regular strategic planning and assessment of our effectiveness in achieving our mission and realizing our goals.  At the beginning of the academic year, we develop a strategic plan consisting of three parts: our mission and vision, our ongoing key priorities, and a selection of strategic initiatives on which we… Continue Reading

Report – Paper Remains Preferred Technology for Productive Learning

Paper and Packaging Board: “…Paper plays an important role in productive learning, which happens to be the theme of our annual Paper and Productive Learning: The Third Annual Back-to-School Report. By productive learning, we mean the ability to take in and understand new information. The human brain’s preference for the spatial and tactile makes paper… Continue Reading

Purdue makes disaster recovery management book freely available

“Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc in recent weeks, and Purdue University Press is making its book, “Disaster Recovery Project Management: Bringing Order from Chaos,” freely available as a resource for those involved in recovery efforts. Randy Rapp, the book’s author and a Purdue associate professor of building construction management, says he hopes his expertise… Continue Reading

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in ARL

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the Association of Research Libraries – Employee Demographics and Director Perspectives. Roger C. Schonfeld, Liam Sweeney. DOI: “The library community considers diversity to be a core value. But, the academic library sector has struggled with addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion. One key shortcoming has been in its efforts to ensure… Continue Reading

How many people completed listening to audiobooks by politicans?

Via FiveThiryEight – Politicians Write Lots Of Books. Here’s How Far Into Them People Read: “…here are two ways to slice this data. First, you can look at the percentage of the book the average listener played (the second column from the right). The average reader made it through three-quarters of “Faith of My Fathers”… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – The Fight to Bring Legal Research to the Front

Via LLRX – The Fight to Bring Legal Research to the Front – Law librarian and professor Brandon Adler identifies core issues to support educating third year law students in a wide range of reliable free and low cost legal resources. Many law librarians acknowledge that there is a lack of awareness and use of… Continue Reading

Debunking Study Suggests Ways to Counter Misinformation and Correct ‘Fake News’

News release: “It’s no use simply telling people they have their facts wrong. To be more effective at correcting misinformation in news accounts and intentionally misleading “fake news,” you need to provide a detailed counter-message with new information – and get your audience to help develop a new narrative. Those are some takeaways from an… Continue Reading

The history, achievements and future work of Internet Wayback Machine

“We may be years away from the invention of the first functional time machine, but thanks to this awesome San Francisco-based non-profit digital library we can have “universal access to all knowledge.” Sounds great, right? The Internet archive was founded in 1996 with the mission: “We are building a public library that can serve anyone… Continue Reading

German universities looking to pursue alternatives to Elsevier journal access

Follow up to Academic institutions in Germany continue to cancel journal subscriptions as costs soar see Loans between libraries, and research sharing between colleagues, could allow country to sever links, negotiators claim “German universities have coped “easily” when cut off from Elsevier journals and do not need to rely on pirate article-sharing sites such as… Continue Reading