What We’re Reading: January 19, 2012

Since Martin Luther King Jr. Day began this week, we start this post with related articles, lesson plans, and videos. Then, in recent news, the National Archives has awarded $2.5 million in grants for historical records projects, JSTOR announces its soon-to-launch “Register & Read” program, and Dwight Eisenhower’s granddaughters have issues with his memorial design. Finally, thoughts on experiencing a conference through social media, tips for a non-academic job search, ideas for reforming graduate education, and two links just for fun.

Martin Luther King Jr.

News

AHA Annual Meeting

  • Nearly There—Experiencing a Conference Online
    Yvonne Perkins recounts her experience of following the AHA’s 126th annual meeting through Twitter this year, explaining that it helped her stay engaged, but that it’s second best to attending in person. Find more perspectives on this year’s meeting in our recent roundup of 126th annual meeting coverage (blog posts and articles).

Insights on Higher Education and Jobs

  • The Chronicle ProfhackerFour Tips for a Non-Teaching Academic Job Search
    Brian Croxall at the Chronicle’s Profhacker blog offers four pieces of advice for those seeking a job outside of academia.
  • It Starts on Day One
    Bethany Nowviskie, the director of digital research & scholarship at the University of Virginia Library and associate director of the Scholarly Communication Institute, offers “a modest proposal for reforming higher education in the humanities and creating a generation of knowledge workers prepared not only to teach, research, and communicate in 21st-century modes, but to govern 21st-century institutions.” Her article was republished on the Chronicle’s Profhacker blog.

Fun

Contributors: Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn

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