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Research – The enduring power of print for learning in a digital world

The Conversation: “Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We’ve seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks. In 2009, California passed a law requiring that all college textbooks be available in electronic form by 2020; in 2011, Florida lawmakers passed legislation requiring public schools to convert their textbooks to digital versions. Given this trend, teachers, students, parents and policymakers might assume that students’ familiarity and preference for technology translates into better learning outcomes. But we’ve found that’s not necessarily true. As researchers in learning and text comprehension, our recent work has focused on the differences between reading print and digital media. While new forms of classroom technology like digital textbooks are more accessible and portable, it would be wrong to assume that students will automatically be better served by digital reading simply because they prefer it…To explore these patterns further, we conducted three studies that explored college students’ ability to comprehend information on paper and from screens…”

New site debuts – Quartz at Work

If you are a regular reader and/or consumer of even just a slice of the daily dose of articles, news, guides, presentations, Ted Talks, topical podcasts, and of course, consultant driven workshops in the workplace, on the many permutations of “Leadership” and “Management,” Quartz may just have a new pit stop to add to your… Continue Reading

Northeastern University – What’s New – Fake News and the Next Generation

“It’s been a decade since the rise of Facebook and Twitter began to replace our shared news consciousness with personalized social media. Today’s college freshmen were just eight when the iPhone was released, destined to become a constant companion with these new sources of information. What is next generation’s view of the news like? How… Continue Reading

Why blogs endure: A study of recent college graduates and motivations for blog readership

Why blogs endure: A study of recent college graduates and motivations for blog readership, Alison J. Head, Michele Van Hoeck, Kirsten Hostetler. First Monday, Volume 22, Number 10 – 2 October 2017. “This paper reports the results from a mixed methods study of recent college graduates who were asked if and why they used blogs… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – 25 for 25: A Librarian’s Free Law Awakening

Via LLRX – 25 for 25: A Librarian’s Free Law Awakening – For law librarians, the past 25 years have engaged us in a journey from fee based access to the law via books, followed by dedicated terminals and CDs, to online portal services, to the current state of far more open, accessible and free… Continue Reading

Paper – Information access and information literacy under siege

Information access and information literacy under siege: The potentially devastating effects of the proposed 2017. White House budget on already-marginalized populations in the United States. Courtney Lawrence Douglass, Ursula Gorham, Renee F. Hill, Kelly M. Hoffman, Paul T. Jaeger, Gagan Jindal, Beth St. Jean. First Monday, Volume 22, Number 10 – 2 October 2017. “This… Continue Reading

4 Part Series – It’s the end of the university as we know it

Quartz [Part 4 in the series of articles – digital transformation and the impact on higher education]: “Over the last several decades, the university library has become less vital, its books getting dusty with disuse, its edge-worn card system replaced by digital catalogs and powerful scanning machines that could put entire tomes online in minutes.… Continue Reading

Have we finally bridged the digital divide? Smart phone and Internet use patterns by race and ethnicity

First Monday, Volume 22, Number 9 – 4 September 2017 – Have we finally bridged the digital divide? Smart phone and Internet use patterns by race and ethnicity, by Robert W. Fairlie. “Two decades ago an influential article documented the alarming disparities that existed in access to computers and the Internet between African-Americans and whites (Hoffman… Continue Reading

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

40 year study of teen behavior indicates decline in adult activities

The Washington Post – [A new study – The Decline in Adult Activities Among U.S. Adolescents, 1976–2016] published Tuesday [September 19, 2017] in the journal Child Development, found that the percentage of adolescents in the U.S. who have a driver’s license, who have tried alcohol, who date, and who work for pay has plummeted since… 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