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Why I’m going to Harvard to argue that libraries are obsolete and why you should help me do it » Virtual Dave...Real Blog

Why I’m going to Harvard to argue that libraries are obsolete and why you should help me do it » Virtual Dave...Real Blog | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"ou may have seen the announcement that I’m part of a debate at Harvard on the proposition that libraries are obsolete. The twist is (at least it was for me) is that I’m arguing for the proposition – that is that libraries are obsolete.
So why the hell am I doing it? Do I really think that libraries are obsolete? What’s more why should you help me?
First I do not believe that libraries are obsolete. I do, however, believe that it is very worth debating that point. Part of that is my scholarly training. I believe in the Socratic method where you assume opposing sides of an argument (even, as in this case, you don’t agree with the stance) and then argue to the truth. But there is a much more compelling reason I took this on.
We must inhabit the arguments of our detractors if we are to refute them. More than that, to be true to our professional ethos, we must enter this debate with intellectual honesty. If we are here to support conversations, we must support those we agree with and those with which we disagree. Also, if we are to remain relevant we must enter into conversations with the community as whole – whether they agree with us or not..."

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7 Things You Think Are Good For You But Are Actually Wasting Your Time

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"Pink, wimpy dumbbells," my coworker said on her turn, "usually accompanied by a smart, Lululemon-attired 20-something terrified she will become overly bulky if she lifts anything over 10 pounds."
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Free Technology for Teachers: Develop Great Interview Questions With the StoryCorps Question Generator

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AERA 2015 Annual Meeting Theme "Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis"

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"Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis"
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Arizona State tells non-tenure-track writing instructors to teach an extra course each semester @insidehighered

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Boy's 'Chocolate Bar' Book Nets $1M for Rare Liver Disorder Research

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ABC News Thanks to friends from across the globe — in all 50 states and more than 60 countries — Dylan Siegel and his best friend Jonah Pournazarian have reached a megamilestone. Dylan’s book, “Chocolate Bar,” written to raise funds for research into a rare liver disorder called glycogen storage disease type 1B, netted $1 million in book sales this week. Boy author raises $750k for sick friend. Boy raises more than $30,000 for sick friend. Boy author raises $400k for sick friend. In fall 2012, D
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Report recommends public flagship universities plan for, incentivize technology in classroom @insidehighered

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Teacher: The day I knew for sure I was burned out

'Teaching at a high-poverty school was different because no matter how fast or long I worked, I could not get everything done.'
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Cleveland makes Travel + Leisure's list of the best places to visit in 2015

Cleveland makes Travel + Leisure's list of the best places to visit in 2015 | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Among the reasons cited for Cleveland's inclusion: new hotels, great restaurants -- and the return of LeBron James.
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Clouds fill Grand Canyon in rare weather event

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A rare weather phenomenon at the Grand Canyon had visitors looking out on a sea of thick clouds just below the rim.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Tools for Creating Multimedia Year-in-Review Collages

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Partnerships: Second Branch of BiblioTech “All Digital” Public Library Will Open in a San Antonio Public Housing Project | LJ INFOdocket

Partnerships: Second Branch of BiblioTech “All Digital” Public Library Will Open in a San Antonio Public Housing Project | LJ INFOdocket | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
A new partnership between BiblioTech (the all-digital public library in Bexar County, Texas that opened 15 months ago) and the San Antonio Housing Authority will establish a new BiblioTech branch (BiblioTech West) in the Gardens at San Juan Square public housing project. From
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Digital Ephemera During Finals: a photo essay - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Kaizena for Google Docs Getting Started Video - YouTube

Share your videos with friends, family, and the world
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Lauren Hill: Basketball hero opens up about living and dying with brain cancer and fundraising goal

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Lauren Hill: Basketball hero opens up about living and dying with brain cancer and fundraising goal
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Blackmon: Georgia educational accountability measures are wasteful

Sometimes I think if I hear the term "college- and career-ready" one more time, I'll run screaming to another country.
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Critics, advocates doubt oft-cited campus sexual assault statistic @insidehighered

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New concerns about big quake fault

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San Diego State says San Jacinto fault system rivals San Andreas.
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Re Richt: Disgruntled UGA fans should be careful what they wish for | Mark Bradley blog

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Say you're a college team based in a Power Five league and you're looking for a head coach. Being a team in a Power Five league, you're aiming high. Here are the hires made this offseason:

Florida: Jim McElwain, 22-16 at Colorado State.

Kansas: David Beaty, wide receivers coach at Texas A&M.

Nebraska: Mike Riley, 93-80 in two stints...
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Getting enough sleep is a problem for most teens

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Too many teens are not getting enough sleep and the problem is getting worse, according to a study from Columbia University.
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10 Warning Signs You Need a Career Change

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Do you love your career… or does it feel like it’s slowly killing you? If these signs apply to you, it might be time to consider a career change.
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