How I Fell for a Fake Facebook Page

I feel a tremendous amount of personal pride when considering myself a librarian. I feel a similar sense of self-worth knowing that I work with students and faculty around matters of digital learning -- another area that stresses an understanding of digital literacy. My training and my professional experience contribute to these senses of myself. I know this isn't unique to librarians, instructional technologists, or educators. Whenever we find value and enrichment in our paid work it's a cause for celebration. But particular to this work, and in these times, the skills I possess and the training I have been fortunate to receive offer value to others, and permit me a chance to be of service to them.

Part of this requires that I know what I'm doing. This weekend, I didn't. I fell f...

Academic Libraries Should Ditch Library Fines

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I've been pleased watching librarians and others push back this week against Greta Van Susteren's half-hearted slow boil over rising tuition costs. Response for the greatest part was firm and well-meaning. As many have already stated, beating back rising tuition has little to do with any library's physical construction. Benefactors are more likely to fund construction of academic libraries than contribute toward year-over-year electronic database and journal subscriptions -- the very stuff Ms. Van Susteren says we have on our smartphones. As others are right to point out, many students lack those smart phones. This wasn't a match of equals. Librarians win.

But this week I also finished reading Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and...