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Archive for February, 2013

NOTE NEW DATE AND LOCATION: Gilbert to give Humanities presentation: 15 March

Bruce Gilbert, Professor of Librarianship and Director of Library Instruction, will give a Spring 2013 presentation in the Humanities Center Colloquium Series on 15 March.  Entitled, “The What and Why of the Open: Is Openness the New Humanity?” the presentation will be in Cowles Library 201 (“the Glassed-in Room”), from 3:30-5:00 pm.  All Colloquium presentations are free and open to the public.   A brief description of the presentation and biography of the presenter follow:

Abstract: In recent months, “Openness” (in the form of MOOCs, OAI, the “Academic Spring”) has moved from the relatively obscure concern of a few librarians and internet geeks to the subject of New York Times articles, daily updates in the Chronicle, and the radar screens of University faculty and administrators. All of which begs the question: Just what is (and ISN’T) “Open”? How is it defined? For all the reams written on “Open” topics, there is a paucity of theoretical support for “Openness”; the “Open” is generally assumed not to need a definition and even less to need a justification. Professor Gilbert will argue that this is a role that the Humanities should assume, and that the philosophical vacuum in this area is doing damage not just to Openness, but the academy itself. He will tilt towards provocative points of view: That the various Open initiatives would benefit from a “Grand Unified Theory,” and that Openness is either a new Humanity, or a force that may well subsume the Humanities. Finally, drawing from sources ranging from literature to librarianship to social theory, he will offer some preliminary thoughts on defining The Open, and seek to engage his audience in refining these notions. Note that these remarks will not be technical in nature, and all with a general interest are encouraged to attend!

Brief bio:
Bruce Gilbert grew up on an Iowa dairy farm and was a railroad worker before garnering degrees in history, library science, and public administration from Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and Drake University, respectively.  He began his service at Drake in 1992 when he was hired as the institution’s first Systems Librarian, and is currently the Director of Library Instruction at Cowles Library; among his accomplishments is helping to establish eScholarShare, the University’s Institutional Repository for scholarly material.


Dunham-LaGree to give LOEX presentation

Carrie Dunham-LaGree’s presentation, “What’s Up Doc? Transforming Information Literacy Instruction with Documentary Films”, has been accepted for the LOEX 2013 Conference (LOEX is a self-supporting, non-profit educational clearinghouse for library instruction and information literacy information).  Hers was one of the 60 selected from over 150 proposals submitted.

The conference will be held in Nashville, TN at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown hotel, from May 2 – 4, 2013.

Dr. Schaefer in DC for Fulbright update

Dr. Karl Schaefer (Professor of Librarianship, Cowles Library) is travelling to Washington, DC on 7 February to participate in a workshop for Fulbright Campus Representatives.  The purpose of the workshop is to introduce new programs and procedures to campus representatives so that they have the most up-to-date and most accurate information to convey to those of their faculties who might be interested in applying for the grants.  Dr. Schaefer is Drake’s Campus Representative for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

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