December 29, 2011
In the news this week, articles on a firing and rehiring at ASU, Twitter in teaching and research, a look back at books not read, and an opportunity to interact with the National Archives holdings.
- Reverse Gear
Philip Vandermeer’s dismissal and reinstatement as head of the Arizona State history department reflects larger tensions over the relative authority of professors and administrators, according to some history faculty members.
- CrowdoMeter—or trying to understand tweets about journal papers
Martin Fenner, a doctor and researcher who writes about how the Internet affects scholarly communication, analyzes a recent study on the correlation between tweets and journal citations.
- Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities (PDF)
The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog recently linked to a guide from the London School of Economics and Political Science on how to use Twitter in the university classroom.
- The Year in Not Reading
Giles Harvey at The New Yorker laments how time flies and how few books he’s read this year, taking some time to look at ones he bought or started, including From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life: 1500 to the Present and Open City.
- Citizen Archivist Dashboard
The National Archives is encouraging the public to use the Citizen Archivist Dashboard to tag, transcribe, edit, contribute to, and interact with records from National Archives collections.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend