Why We Weed: Book Deselection in Academic Libraries

Mr. Library Dude

Weeding – withdrawing books from the library’s collection – is one those dreaded librarian tasks. It usually sits on the back burner – other projects are often more pressing, or it’s simply being avoided. However, it’s an important task and one that can be fraught with controversy.

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Public libraries which frequently need to refresh their collections to offer bestsellers often pop up in the news when it comes to weeding books – mostly for not doing the job well – see Urbana Free Library in Illinois, Fairfax County Libraries in Virginia, and Davenport Public Library in Iowa.

For academic libraries, the process seems to be a taboo subject. News about book weeding occasionally bubbles to the surface (see Emporia State University in Kansas, the University of North Dakota law libraryNicholls State University in Louisiana, and the University of New South Wales in Australia). After all, the library is…

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Tip of the Week: Second set of C4 Framework Cards is out

History Tech

I started using the idea of the four C’s several years ago when we began work on revising the Kansas state social studies standards. I liked the idea that lessons and units could be structured around four basic teaching and learning concepts:

  • Collect
  • Collaborate
  • Create
  • Communicate

Ask kids to gather and organize information. Encourage them to work with others to make sense of information. Support students as they create new products and solutions. Validate student work by finding ways for them to share out what they know.

It wasn’t necessarily a new concept. But for most social studies teachers wrestling with the expectation that historical thinking skills (rather than basic historical knowledge) were the key to a successful classroom, the C4 Framework made sense. It helped them begin to organize the teaching and learning around the notion of doing of history rather than focusing on rote memorization. So I continued…

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Fixing Terrible Economics Presentations II: Guide for the Audience


In an earlier post, I outlined several all-too-common flaws in economics seminar presentations. Those comments were directed toward the presenter. However, having a valuable seminar is not just the responsibility of the speaker — the audience shares in the experience and yes there are some guidelines for being a good seminar participant. I’m going to use this post to address some of the more troublesome infractions of seminar etiquette for participants.  

1. Read the paper in advance! — Just kidding. It’s quite common for seminar participants to go into a seminar “blind” so to speak. Not reading the paper isn’t a sin. If you can read it ahead of time that can be good but it shouldn’t be necessary if the presenter has done his or her job. You have the right to expect to go into a seminar and learn the main points of the paper without having to study the…

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robs msn site

MSN Messenger

New updates, that you do not want to miss. If you are using a Microsoft phone and it is below 8.0 you want to read this post. How to enable dev apps in the old Lumia phones. L800 look at the app store, would you believe it. Best to read this post in all its integrity.

I was just typing on MSN messenger it was really difficult. I was trying to write a poem so I could come back here later and add to the website.

So here is the poem at MSN website and remember originally this blog was made by transferring an MSN blog to WordPress. They offered the transfer when they phased it out. Not long after they phased out Google Wave. Then the phased out Google share. Its only a matter of time before Google if it so decides Google + is no longer needed.


Dot dot dot
dash dash dash
This poem is a mismash
I spec on the borders
And a glitch on the frame

It goes rickerty racket, rickerty racket
Always and always sounding the same

Dot dot
Dash dash
Another rehash
Of one of those poems
That makes the whole floor groan

And as I speak the floor boards go
(you guessed it) rickerty racket, squeak squeak squeak.

Its only a matter of time till I fix it
And when I do I do some other stuff.

Bob’s Media Ecology

Bob’s Media Ecology is a nice timeless album produced by the author of the blog that I am reposting. I have spoken to him very briefly on Achieve Radio and downloaded a couple of his Youtube videos. If you get chance have a listen to the album. Thanks Dave.

David Newfeld: producer, artist, sonic architect

Bob in McDonald's

David Newfeld, under the alias “Producers For Bob,” and in association with Executive Producer, Nelson Thall, created and produced two albums highlighting the philosophy and wordplay of the inimitable Bob Dobbs (pictured above). Newfeld’s association with Dobbs dates back to his years in college radio, via “The International Connection” on Toronto’s CKLN (88.1 FM). “I basically culled through cassettes of Bob’s radio show,” Newfeld told one interviewer, “picked out the stuff I thought could be understood by anyone and weaved it together with MIDI music I’d generated for the record.”


Bob’s Media Ecology (Time Again Productions Inc., 1992) is a landmark cut-up recording, fusing Bob’s radio speech with a musical melting pot that bubbles over with warped house beats, skronky guitar bleats, sublime MIDI meditations, and all-you-can-eat sonic explorations.

01. Everything’s Disappeared    02. Our Electronic Paralysis
03. Bob’s Auditory Imagination   04. Under…

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Ο Σάκης Ρουβάς στα World Music Awards

Noticed this a couple of days ago, post in March. Well done its a great mashup. World Music Awards rock!


sakisssΤα μεγαλύτερα ονόματα της διεθνής μουσικής σκηνής δίνουν ραντεβού απόψε στο Μονακό για την 22η απονομή των World Music Awards. Στη σκηνή του Monte Carlo Sporting Club θα τραγουδήσουν οι Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, Ricky Martin και ο Σάκης Ρουβάς! Ο μοναδικός Έλληνας τραγουδιστής που θα εμφανιστεί απόψε στον μεγαλύτερο μουσικό θεσμό στον οποίο θα δούμε ως οικοδέσποινα την Sharon Stone.

Ο κορυφαίος Έλληνας σταρ, που έχει κερδίσει πολλές φορές τις εντυπώσεις στο εξωτερικό, θα παρουσιάσει απόψε ένα μοναδικό show. Θα ερμηνεύσει για πρώτη φορά το νέο του ξένο τραγούδι “Open Eyes” που φέρει την υπογραφή της Xenia Ghali

O Σάκης, σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες του TLIFE, βρίσκεται από χθες το απόγευμα στη Γαλλία με τους στενούς του συνεργάτες. Σήμερα έκανε τις πρόβες του στη σκηνή όπου θα παρουσιαστούν τα βραβεία και μας έδωσε μία μικρή γεύση ανεβάζοντας στιγμιότυπα στην επίσημη σελίδα του…

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Compilation mix of World Music Awards 2014

This if you have is on television this evening. I not have a telly so its great to listen to this and get an idea of the atmosphere in Monaco this week. Enjoyed listening, thanks for sharing.

Just News International

The World Music Awards Monte-Carlo Monaco Italy took place this evening. It was really good. I have made this mix here on 8 tracks of artists who received awards at this red carpet celebrity attended event. I you have just watched this on telly, have a listen to this mix compiled from tracks around the web.

Check out this mix on @8tracks: “World Music Awards mix” at ♫

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Tim Berners-Lee, inventor, who revealed “The next web” at TED2009

This talk was presented at an official TED Conference. TED’s editors featured it among our daily selections on the home page. Tim Berners-Lee – Inventor – Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. He leads the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), overseeing the Web’s standards and development. Full bio http://www.ted.com/speakers/tim_berners_lee

The Ukraine crisis echoes Fenton’s early war photography in Crimea

That is the Crimean War, which lasted from October 1853 to February 1856.

Balaklava from Guard's Hill, Crimea, 1855, Roger Fenton, The Royal Photographic Society Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Balaklava from Guard’s Hill, Crimea, 1855, Roger Fenton, The Royal Photographic Society Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

The Crimean War of the 1850s was caused when Russia moved southwards into Crimea to gain control of the warm water ports of the Black Sea which didn’t freeze over in the winter, and were essential if Russia was to build a strong navy and benefit from all year round international trade.

The Ukraine crisis echoes Fenton’s early war photography in Crimea.