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The New Librarianship Field Guide | R. David Lankes
"This book offers a guide for librarians who see their profession as a chance to make a positive difference in their communities—librarians who recognize that it is no longer enough to stand behind a desk waiting to serve. R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, reminds librarians of their mission: to improve society by facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. In this book, he provides tools, arguments, resources, and ideas for fulfilling this mission. Librarians will be prepared to become radical positive change agents in their communities, and other readers will learn to understand libraries in a new way."
libraries  mission  scholarship  public  public-sphere 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Public Research Universities Recommitting to Lincoln’s Vision: An Educational Compact for the 21st Century - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
"Public higher education is key to U.S. educational infrastructure and the foundation of competiveness. As centers of learning, culture, research, and entrepreneurship, these institutions drive social mobility and economic growth. Yet over the past decade, state funding to these universities has declined precipitously, forcing campuses across the country to make difficult choices about institutional spending and resource allocation."
report  education  academia  public 
september 2016 by tsuomela
On Public Intellectuals: From the Talmud to Judith Butler — Crooked Timber
"When we talk about public intellectuals, not only are we talking about the audience as a recipient or reader of the text, but we are also, necessarily, talking about the audience as an independent, autonomous, and equally original and creative, co-creator of the text."
public  intellectual  public-intellectual  audience  critical-theory  philosophy  reading  co-creation 
july 2016 by tsuomela
How Intellectuals Create a Public - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"A brilliant essay on the creation of publics, a la Dewey, and two examples of liberal reluctance to call upon mass publics - from Cass Sunstein and Ta-Nehisi Coates."
public  intellectual  public-intellectual  politics  activism  race  nudge 
january 2016 by tsuomela
Smithsonian Deputy Undersecretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support | Public Access
"The Smithsonian Institution’s Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research was developed based on the principles in the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s February 2013 memo calling for increased public access to publications and data resulting from federally funded research. The Smithsonian’s Public Access Plan is effective on October 1, 2015 and applies to manuscripts in all major Smithsonian research areas – science, history, art, and culture – that are subject to the plan and that are submitted to publishers on or after that date. The plan promotes the following objectives:"
public  access  open-access  museum(Smithsonian)  research  federal  government 
september 2015 by tsuomela
" is a website that connects the work of historians with the wider public and the importance of the past to current events."
weblog-group  history  public  public-understanding  outreach  country(Canada) 
april 2015 by tsuomela
Public Philosophy Journal | PPJ
"The Public Philosophy Journal is being designed as a way to re-envision the relationship between the academy and everyday life by creating a public space for accessible but rigorous scholarly discourse on challenging issues of contemporary public concern. The journal project is a collaborative endeavor between the Department of Philosophy and the Humanities in a Digital Age initiative at the Pennsylvania State University, and Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University."
public  philosophy  journal  online  open-access 
march 2015 by tsuomela
National Council on Public History
"NCPH inspires public engagement with the past and serves the needs of practitioners in putting history to work in the world by building community among historians, expanding professional skills and tools, fostering critical reflection on historical practice, and publicly advocating for history and historians."
history  public  communication  community  engagement  academic 
november 2014 by tsuomela
A Typology of Public Engagement Mechanisms
"Imprecise definition of key terms in the “public participation” domain have hindered the conduct of good research and militated against the development and implementation of effective participation practices. In this article, we define key concepts in the domain: public communication, public consultation, and public participation. These concepts are differentiated according to the nature and flow of information between exercise sponsors and participants. According to such an information flow perspective, an exercise’s effectiveness may be ascertained by the efficiency with which full, relevant information is elicited from all appropriate sources, transferred to (and processed by) all appropriate recipients, and combined(when required) to give an aggregate/consensual response. Key variables that may theoretically affect effectiveness—and on which engagement mechanisms differ—are identified and used to develop a typology of mechanisms. The resultant typology reveals four communication, six consultation, and four participation mechanism classes. Limitations to the typology are discussed, and future research needs identified."
science  participation  public  public-understanding  engagement  outreach  typology  citizen-science 
october 2013 by tsuomela
Why public libraries should follow Chicago’s lead and build maker labs — Tech News and Analysis
"That made it especially exciting to hear that Chicago opened a maker lab in one of its public libraries today. Most maker spaces carry a membership fee of $50-200 a month or are located in an institution like a university, where you are required to be a student or staff member to access equipment. A free lab that is open to the public is a novel concept that will hopefully be a lot more common in the future. The lab at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center will stock three MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers, two laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter, plus a selection of software. A $249,999 grant will sustain its operation through the end of 2013, at which point it will be re-evaluated. The city will also consider adding maker spaces to other library locations."
makers  public  libraries  resources  hackerspaces  commons 
july 2013 by tsuomela
Putting the ‘citizen’ in ‘citizen science’ | Zooniverse
"I was slightly surprised to see my twitter feed this morning filling up with comments about how the term ‘citizen’ appears in writing about science, and about public engagement with science."
citizen-science  public  public-understanding  rhetoric  language  words 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Science and the Public Square
"Perhaps it will help just understanding that the asymmetry between Conservatives and Liberals is real, but that in a democracy, having the research done that discovers impacts (or the lack of impacts) is crucial for our public discourse. It is not a temporary cultural shift nor irrationality nor a current ideology that is driving the distaste for science among Republicans. It is their core conservatism that is at issue."
science  politics  conservatism  liberalism  ideology  change  private  public  boundaries  boundary-policing 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Public’s Knowledge of Science and Technology | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
"The public’s knowledge of science and technology varies widely across a range of questions on current topics and basic scientific concepts, according to a new quiz by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine."
science  technology  public  poll  public-understanding  knowledge  education  national  pew-research  sts 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) » Many Experts, Many Audiences: Public Engagement with Science
"Is nanotechnology safe? How should we respond to the possibility of catastrophic global climate change? Faced with profound personal and societal questions like these, we need the best scientific knowledge available. We also need opportunities for scientists, decision makers, and the public to exchange knowledge and perspectives “in a way that fosters responsible and appropriate scientific knowledge production and decision making"--and the informal science education sector is well positioned to help. That's the conclusion of a CAISE Inquiry Group that over the past year has been studying public engagement with science in informal media like television, museums, and science cafes."
science  engagement  public-understanding  understanding  public  experts  education  informal 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Crowd-funding science? « through the looking glass
"For me the biggest question is whether you can really raise the sorts of funding 21st century science needs in this way? I wonder if there is a profound disconnect between the thinner ends of the long tail and the simple bigness of a lot of contemporary science." Annotated link
science  crowdsourcing  funding  research  citizen-science  participation  public 
july 2012 by tsuomela
What made the creationist footprints in the Giant's Causeway visitor centre? | Andrew Brown | Comment is free |
This is in some ways the cruellest insult to the creationists: it tells them that theirs is just another story, and not, as they need it to be, the truth. But the market doesn't recognise truth, only prices.
creationism  intelligent-design  truth  science  public  markets  standards 
july 2012 by tsuomela
nanopublic: How the NAS helped turn Natalie Portman into a physicist
In many cases, our views of reality are not based on personal experience.  We find politicians personable or despicable, even though we have never met them in person.  And we feel intimately familiar with landmarks in foreign countries even though we have never visited them.  For many of us, the same is true for scientists working in a lab.  We have mental images of how they act or what they look like, even though few of us have never been in a lab watching a scientist at work. The tricky part: Many of those images may have little to do with reality.
science  public-understanding  media  cultivation  imagery  public  perception  communication 
may 2012 by tsuomela
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