January 31, 2008
Last week’s “What We’re Reading” noted the presence of the Library of Congress’s holdings on Flickr. This week, the ArchivesNext blog shows what else can be found at the photo sharing site, and in another post announces their first annual “Archives on the Web awards.” Read on to find articles on plagiarism, overproducing PhDs, and professional issues (including travel woes and peer review). Finally, read one historian’s cautionary tale of Google search results.
Following last week’s news of the Library of Congress on Flickr, the ArchivesNext blog reports a new Flickr group for “archives, special collections, and libraries posting images of objects from their collections.” So far the initial 12 members of the group (including, to name a few, the Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Iowa State University Special Collections, and the Independence Seaport Museum) have uploaded over 500 photos.
- It’s awards season, and ArchivesNext is jumping on the bandwagon!
Also from ArchivesNext comes a request for nominations for their "first annual Best Archives on the Web awards." Submissions will be accepted until midnight, Friday, February 8, 2008.
- Shame on Plagiarists
Stan Katz, former AHA vice-president for research takes the Association to task for setting aside adjudication of plagiarism cases on the Chronicle’s Brainstorm blog.
- Analysis: Universities Overproduce PhDs
Further on the jobs front, the AP has an interesting article about the overproduction of PhDs (in a variety of fields).
- State Universities Fear Brain Drain is Setting In
This interesting story from the Saint Petersburg Times explains how recent restrictions on scholars in Florida who want to travel to various countries drove one historian to take up work in another state.
- Blogging and Peer Review
Jeremy Young at Progressive Historians, uses this post to raise some interesting questions about how the blogging format fits into the reward system for academia.
- When Google Gets it Wrong
See students, this is why you shouldn’t exclusively use Google to do research. Mark Stoneman posts about the care that should be taken when using Google search results for historical information. Hat tip.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant and Robert Townsend