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Some resources for reference assistant training in a scitech library : Confessions of a Science Librarian
"Yeah, this is a ton of reading. The point isn't that someone should memorize every word, most of the the articles probably only need to be scanned. What I'm hoping for is a list of resources that will help someone get acclimatized to reference service and hopefully become aware of many of the main issues around such services in academic libraries. As well, there's a bit in here about some general issues in academic libraries."
reference  service  libraries  training  reading  teaching 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We're All Going To Miss Almost Everything : Monkey See : NPR
"The vast majority of the world's books, music, films, television and art, you will never see. It's just numbers."
limits  culture  reading  experience  scale 
july 2011 by tsuomela
The Atavist
"Welcome to The Atavist. We publish original nonfiction and narrative journalism for digital devices like the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, and Nook. Our stories are longer than typical magazine articles but shorter than books, written by experienced reporters and authors and designed digitally from the start. In The Atavist iPad/iPhone app, each story is laced with video, audiobooks, additional layers of information, and a host of other features."
journalism  media  ipad  reading  articles  news  online  nonfiction 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Advances in the History of Psychology » Blog Archive » Bibliography: History of Social Psychology
"In the following list of resources I have tried to provide literature that discusses social psychology from both a historical and a theoretical standpoint and that reflects both psychological and sociological approaches to the discipline. "
bibliography  history  social-psychology  psychology  reading 
february 2011 by tsuomela
SF Signal: Championing the Difficult and the Poetic in Fantastika
"Difficult literature is designed to be so. As Shepherd also notes: "[d]ifficulty is not a virtue in and of itself, but obscurity is always a defect." The goal of the work is to disrupt the reader's presumptions, but not in an impenetrable or unthoughtful way. Difficult literature is a puzzle fashioned to challenge readers, to have them linger over the text and return to it, to ponder what's happening and consider carefully what is being communicated. Poetic literature focuses more specifically on lexical and syntactical aspects to create a linguistic exercise to intoxicate the reader with sensual and manifold meanings. Both want to make the reader think, to do extra work in discerning what the text is telling them."
literature  reading  difficulty  criticism 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The Mumpsimus: Ways of Reading
Hearing how someone else reads can be, for me at least, both exciting and alienating.  Exciting because it often explains at least something about their reading taste; alienating because it reminds me what an individual experience reading is.
reading  habit  methods  philosophy  criticism  literary  sympathy 
december 2010 by tsuomela
What Ifs and Might-Have-Beens: Draft Syllabus « Easily Distracted
I’m teaching a new course next semester on counterfactual and alternate history. The basic structure of the course is divided into four-parts: historiographical and theoretical debates about counterfactuals and alternate history; formal ’scholarly’ counterfactuals; alternate histories;
alternative  history  syllabi  reading  list  historiography 
november 2010 by tsuomela
In Defense of Naïve Reading -
Likewise ─ and this is a much more controversial thesis ─ such works also can directly deliver a  kind of practical knowledge and self-understanding not available from a third person or more general formulation of such knowledge. There is no reason to think that such knowledge — exemplified in what Aristotle said about the practically wise man (the phronimos)or in what Pascal meant by the difference between l’esprit géometrique and l’esprit de finesse — is any less knowledge because it cannot be so formalized or even taught as such. Call this a plea for a place for “naïve” reading, teaching and writing — an appreciation and discussion not mediated by a theoretical research question recognizable as such by the modern academy.
reading  criticism  literary  literature  academic  rhetoric  education 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Goodnight to Goodnight Moon? « Easily Distracted
Middle-class parenting is precisely where expertise and the authority of both state and civic institutions often have their most toxic intersection, and where unintended effects blossom like ragweed in September. The double vulnerability of those parents is especially intense now: as they lose many of their most treasured markers of social difference, they’re also waking up to just how much economic ground they’ve lost in the last two decades, and how much likelier their children are to continue that downward mobility.
middle-class  class  perception  economics  power  expertise  reading  trends 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Relevant History: Word spacing, silent reading, and cyborgs
Word spacing is something that we never think about, much less think about having been invented or having a history.The Romans almost never used it: Latin texts and inscriptions on buildings often ran words together But [Paul] Saenger makes a compelling case that its adoption and diffusion in late medival Europe had tremendous ramifications in monastic culture, book history, and eventually intellectual and political history.
history  sts  communication  typesetting  typography  reading  books  cybernetics  cyborgs  distributed  intelligence 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Text Patterns
About - Commentary on technologies of reading, writing, research, and, well, knowledge. As these technologies change and develop, what do we lose, what do we gain, what is (fundamentally or trivially) altered? And, not least, what's fun?
Alan Jacobs is a professor of English at Wheaton College
weblog-individual  reading  writing  literature  english  technology 
september 2010 by tsuomela
In Defense of Links, Part One: Nick Carr, hypertext and delinkification — Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard
Carr is saying that Web links slow down our brains. But none of the studies the meta-analysis compiles looked at Web-style links. They all drew comparisons between linear hypertexts (screens with “next” links, not printed articles) on one side, and on the other, literary-style hypertexts broken up into multiple nodes where “participants had many choices in sequencing their reading.”
Every other study that I’ve looked into in this area shares these same problems; I’ll spare you the detail. These studies may help explain why there’s never been a literary-hypertext bestseller, but they don’t do much to illuminate reading on the Web.
web  hypertext  online  behavior  attention  reading  links  phenomenology  experience 
september 2010 by tsuomela
The art of slow reading | Books | The Guardian
"If you want the deep experience of a book, if you want to internalise it, to mix an author's ideas with your own and make it a more personal experience, you have to read it slowly," says Ottawa-based John Miedema, author of Slow Reading
reading  speed  technology  technology-effects  books  internet  education  literature  attention  psychology 
july 2010 by tsuomela
iPad and Kindle Reading Speeds (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
A study of people reading long-form text on tablets finds higher reading speeds than in the past, but they're still slower than reading print
reading  ipad  usability 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Readability - An Arc90 Lab Experiment
Readability is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you're reading.
tools  reading  usability  web  browser  typography  design  readability  plugin  bookmarklet 
february 2010 by tsuomela
(the teeming void): Readings in Digital Design
The list attempts to sample the breadth of digital design practices and approaches - so it spans cyberculture, architecture, product design, interaction design, and media art. It also mixes historical sources, academic articles, blog posts and web video, for the same reason, to give a sense of the range of contexts and discourses at work here. With the exception of a couple of firewalled papers (thanks Wiley and ACM), all the sources are freely available online.
reading  syllabi  digital  design  online  list 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Early Modern Texts - Philosophers and Philosophy Topics
Here are versions of some classics of early modern philosophy, and a few from the 19th century, prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought.
philosophy  reference  text  reading  modern  early-modern 
january 2010 by tsuomela
A Writing Revolution § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
Nearly universal literacy is a defining characteristic of today’s modern civilization; nearly universal authorship will shape tomorrow's.
authorship  literacy  writing  publishing  access  media  reading 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Hyperrhiz 06: Hans K. Rustad
A Four-Sided Model for Reading Hypertext Fiction
Hans K. Rustad
hypertext  fiction  reading  model 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Transliteracy Research Group
Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.
weblog-group  literacy  digital  transliteracy  communication  future  culture  reading  interpretation 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The Crowd-Sourced Reading List | The Loom | Discover Magazine
I’ve selected the readings that I think would work best for a class on the art of writing about science and nature.
science  journalism  writing  recommendations  reading 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Hacker News | I was a theoretical physicist for 13 years, and struggled a lot with this questi...
One unusual but very useful style was to set a goal like reading 15 papers in 3 hours. I use the term "reading" here in an unusual way. Of course, I don't mean understanding everything in the papers. Instead, I'd do something like this: for each paper, I had 12 minutes to read it. The goal was to produce a 3-point written LaTeX summary of the most important material I could extract: usually questions, open problems, results, new techniques, or connections I hadn't seen previously. When time was up, it was onto the next paper. A week later, I'd make a revision pass over the material, typically it would take an hour or so.
reading  methods  academic  style  learning  via:orzelc 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Future Technology Blog | Jump The Curve | The Future of Reading
In its simpliest form, Live Ink displays text in shorter lines
technology  reading  future 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Infinite Summer
Four writers who have never before read Infinite Jest will do so for the duration of Infinite Summer.
about(DavidFosterWallace)  reading  group  online  literature  novel 
june 2009 by tsuomela
ongoing · Less Like Oration
The world is distracting, and particularly when you’re open to distraction. But then, it always has been.
internet  distraction  continuous-partial-attention  culture  attention  reading 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Articles - How to Find Out How to Do Qualitative Research
Howard S. Becker reviews NSF reports on qualitative research in the social sciences and mentions some classic works.
sociology  grants  funding  social-science  nsf  reading  classics  qualitative  research 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Reading off my Kindle at the County Fair with Abraham Lincoln
The way the world works these days requires that millions of people remove themselves from it for hours and hours at a time, spending their days in what are essentially halls of mirrors, wrapped up in their own thoughts, focused on their own needs and wants and desires, when they aren't wrapped up in the abstractions called corporations they work for. It's no wonder they grow a little heartless. It's no wonder they go a little mad.
Lincoln  Abraham  reading  experience  social  empathy 
april 2009 by tsuomela
They’re at it again.
The doom-cryers who assert we don’t read any more—or, if we do, it’s not the right kind of reading, not the literary reading we all used to do every single day back in the Golden Age of universal literacy.
reading  survey  culture  gloom-and-doom  declension-narrative  decline  literacy 
march 2009 by tsuomela
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