Use it or Lose It: The MLA Bibliography Database

Use it or Lose It: The MLA Bibliography Database (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) In “Understanding the Economic Burden of Scholarly Publishing,” Cathy N. Davidson makes the case for preserving traditional university presses. If scholarly publication was financially lucrative, she points out, then there wouldn’t be university presses to subsidize the cost of producing monographs. She sees the symbiotic relationship between libraries, academic scholarship, and university presses. If you are a provost trying…

Georgia Conference on Information Literacy

From the Call for Papers: [W]orkshops and presentations that address the following themes and issues: Strategies for teaching information literacy to students and/or faculty across the curriculum Empirical studies on the effect of information literacy initiatives on student retention and/or learning Learning communities and information literacy Creating teaching partnerships between reference librarians and instructors What constitutes information literacy in the 21st century Encouraging lifelong learning through information literacy Technological developments…

Flood Destroyes PAPA [Professional Amateur Pinball Association] Headquarters

The floodwaters carried silt, debris, sewage, and diesel fuel. Every pinball machine was submerged at least up to the backglass, and every surface within five feet of the ground, including playfields and inside cabinets, has been coated in the floodwater sludge. The sludge is a sanitary hazard and will have already destroyed sensitive materials… Two hundred and thirty-two pinball machines have been destroyed, as well as a handful of classic…

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My Alternate Life

My Alternate Life (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) My colleague Lee McClain recently published My Alternate Life, a young adult book that features an amazing computer game that lets adopted children live the life they lost when their birth mothers gave them up for adoption. If you pass by my office door this time of year, you might see me leaning over a stack of papers, struggling against the powerful urge to blubber…