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This Week in LIS - 14 November 2014

Headline of the Week: Technology and Inequality
A couple days off for deer hunting offered some mid-day reading time. I found it interesting that the recent edition of MIT Technology Review featured an article on the growing disparity between rich and poor, especially in the U.S. and Europe, that explored how technology is/might be playing a role.

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This Week in LIS - 24 October 2014

Headline of the Week: Grant Opportunity and Takeaways from ACM’s Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology
Last Friday morning (10/17) Pedro Dos Santos, Rita Tejada, Brad Miller and I loaded up in a college van and made our way to an ACM conference in Chicago called FaCE3 (Faculty Career Enhancement with the “3” referring to the third phase of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant funded program.) FaCE3 aims to encourage a culture of innovation among faculty and this particular conference’s title was Technology-Enabled Education: Enhancing Faculty & Student Engagement in the Liberal Arts College.

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This Week in LIS - 17 October 2014

Headline of the Week: Library Collaborations Between Iowa’s Public and Private Institutions
There was a very interesting meeting held at the Des Moines Area Communication College (DMACC) a week ago Thursday. It was championed by some of the members of the Iowa Private Academic Library (IPAL) consortium and included many IPAL library leaders.

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This Week in LIS - 10 October 2014

Headline of the Week: Presidential Inauguration and the Changing landscape of Library and Information Services
What a grand day! Today is the inauguration of Paula J. Carlson as the 10th president of Luther College. I have enjoyed meeting with Paula periodically since she began work this summer. We have talked together about our LIS team and our guiding principles and how they shape our plans and investments.

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This Week in LIS - 3 October 2014

Headline of the Week: What’s New from LIS for this Fall?
We are a month into the semester. It is amazing how quickly time flies. While summer is in one sense a “down” time with fewer students on campus, for some teams, summer is its own special “up” time. It is definitely the case for LIS.

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This Week in LIS - 26 September 2014

Headline of the Week: Pragmatic Liberal Education
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blog post by Katrina Schwartz led me to a recorded interview of Michael Roth, President of Wesleyan University. In the interview Roth addresses a troubling issue in the conversation about the value of a liberal education. Frequently the media wants to depict job oriented education/training at one endpoint on a spectrum, with liberal education on the other. Roth essentially declares this characterization a false dichotomy.

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This Week in LIS - 19 September 2014

Headline of the Week: Options - When the Instructor is Remote and the Students are Together in the Classroom
This morning I was reading an interesting essay by Nathan Faries. He teaches Chinese Studies as Bates. (Nathan also recently taught at University of Dubuque and his time there overlapped with President Carlson - small world!) Nathan’s spouse took an opportunity that moved them across the country.

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This Week in LIS - 5 September 2014

Headline of the Week: Excellent Sheep - Questions Galore - Opportunity for Differentiation
This week an invitation was extended to the campus community to join a discussion on William Deresiewicz’s book, Excellent Sheep in the coming weeks. It is co-sponsored by the Dean’s Office and the Center for Ethics and Public Life. A provocative excerpt article  called “Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League” came out in July which provided a foretaste and the recently released book is inspiring much conversation.

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