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This Week in LIS - 13 February 2015

Headline of the Week: College Lectures on Airplanes
Anyone recall the Clooney movie “Up in the Air?” In the movie the character that Clooney plays becomes the youngest frequent flyer to rack up 10 million miles on his favorite airline. Let’s see, at an average of 500 miles per hour, that’s 20,000 hours. At approximately 2,000 work hours per work year that would be about 10 working years seated in an airplane seat.

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This Week in LIS - 23 January 2015

Headline of the Week: Beyond the Time at College - Why Liberal Education Matters
A few months ago I shared some thoughts marrying the idea of a Pragmatic Liberal Education with the essential value of “learning to learn” in a world where change, and especially technology driven change, is permeating so many domains of endeavor. A recorded interview with Michael S. Roth, President of Wesleyan University, provided inspiration for the piece.

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This Week in LIS - 16 January 2015

Headline of the Week: The Necessity of Broadband - President Obama Visits Cedar Falls and Decorah Metronet
President Obama came to Cedar Falls on Wednesday to visit their broadband utility and to talk about the necessity of broadband Internet access to competitiveness and his ideas and plans on how to improve broadband in rural areas including enabling competitive options for consumers.

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This Week in LIS - 19 December 2014

Headline of the Week: Thank You, Thank You!
To the LIS Team:

As finals complete for the fall semester and with Christmas just around the corner, it’s a great time to take a few minutes to reflect on all the LIS contributions you have provided to students, faculty and staff through all our public service points (e.g. Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Technology Help Desk, Research Help, Digital Media Center, Archives), our enabling networks, systems and application solutions, labs, classrooms, all the projects completed and underway.

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This Week in LIS - 12 December 2014

Headline of the Week: CLIR CIO Meeting, Collaboration and Security
Wednesday and Thursday this week CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) hosted a CIO meeting bringing together about 20 CIOs from private liberal arts colleges that have merged their library and information services functions into an integrated organization like Luther College has done.

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This Week in LIS - 5 December 2014

Headline of the Week: Reach and Richness - New Einstein Resource
Following up on the idea of how to leverage OER (open educational resources) a very interesting resource came to my attention this week - The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. Princeton University Press has created a free interactive website that provides access to the materials that heretofore they had made available in their print edition, currently 26 volumes, called The Collected Papers.

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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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