November 2009 Archives

Legal Opinions added to Google Scholar

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Here is something from Google on the addition:

and here is one other blog post from a law librarian who reviewed it:

fgi.jpgIn response to a recent blog post and story on said blog post in Inside Higher Ed (Furor Over Anti-Gay Blog) our data services librarian, Amy West, broken down his arguments and supported counterclaims with data (In response to the "Economic case against homosexuality").

This would be a good model for students to break down an argument paragraph by paragraph and systematically give counter points with evidence. It also would help students learn how to use arguments that go against their own viewpoints effectively. We often talk to studnets who are only looking for information at support their own viewpoints--getting them into arguments in this manner may help.

lapham.jpgWhat: Mixed Media, an evening with Lewis H. Lapham
When: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:30 pm
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library
Free and open to the public.

Reservations requested by November 25 at 612-624-9339 or

The New York Times has likened him to H.L. Mencken; Vanity Fair has suggested a strong resemblance to Mark Twain, and best-selling author Tom Wolfe compared him to Montaigne.

Lewis Lapham is Editor Emeritus of Harper's Magazine and the Founding Editor of Lapham's Quarterly, a journal of the history of ideas. The author of thirteen books, among them Theater of War and Money and Class in America, Mr. Lapham is the host of Bloomberg Radio's weekly program, "The World in Time."

On December 3rd, Lapham's speech "Mixed Media" will account for the tribulations of the printed word in the wilderness of cyberspace. Dessert reception and book signing follows, with books available for sale courtesy of the University of Minnesota Bookstores.

PRCs on MyU for undergrads

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New book: Going wireless...

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book_goingwireless.jpgGoing wireless : a critical exploration of wireless and mobile technologies for composition teachers and researchers

"Going Wireless is the first edited collection on wireless and mobile technologies in the field of rhetoric and composition. The contributors offer rhetoric and composition teachers, scholars, and administrators a range of practical and theoretical insights on wireless and mobile technologies. This collection serves as a resource for theoretical explorations on wireless and mobile technology use as it relates to computer and composition teaching and research and acts as a reference for those in the rhetoric and composition community charged with the responsibilities of integrating, supervising, and evaluating wireless and mobile technologies. Going Wireless is organized into five major sections and an appendix of key mobile and wireless technology terms. In each section, authors represent a range of perspectives as they articulate the roles of students, teachers, administrators, and researchers working with and through mobile and wireless devices. The book provides readers with ways to understand the influence of wireless and mobile technologies by critiquing the corporate and IT perspectives that inform mobile and wireless development and integration and seeking out new tropes for learning, teaching, and researching. Drawing on interviews and surveys, rhetorical analyses, and theoretical explorations of wireless and mobile devices, the authors enact a range of methodologies to make claims for reflective approaches to research and teaching with wireless and mobile devices. The contributors share their perspectives on the impact of these technological shifts and situate their experiences in relationship to rhetoric and composition as a field. Authors in this collection argue for complex articulations of histories, deployments, integrations, and social factors affected by and affecting mobile and wireless technologies."

Contents: INTRODUCTION, Amy C. Kimme Hea.
The Changing Shapes of Writing: Rhetoric, New Media, and Composition, Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber.
Learning Unplugged, Teddi Fishman and Kathleen Blake Yancey.

"A Whole New Breed of Student Out There": Wireless Technology Ads & Teacher Identity, Karla Saari Kitalong.
ReWriting Wi-Fi: The Surveillance of Mobility and Student Agency, Ryan M. Moeller. Reterritorialized Flows: Critically Considering Student Agency in Wireless Pedagogies, Melinda Turnley.

From Desktop to Laptop: Making Transitions to Wireless Learning in Writing Classrooms, Will Hochman and Mike Palmquist.
Changing the Ground of Graduate Education: Wireless Laptops Bring Stability, Not Mobility, to Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kevin Brooks.
A Profile of Students Using Wireless Technologies in a First-Year Learning Community, Loel Kim, Susan L. Popham, Emily A. Thrush, Joseph G. Jones, and Donna J. Daulton. Security & Privacy in the Wireless Classroom, Mya Poe and Simson Garfinkel.

Perpetual Contact: Articulating the Anywhere, Anytime Pedagogical Model of Mobile Composing, Amy C. Kimme Hea.
Writing in the Wild: A Paradigm for Mobile Composition, Olin Bjork and John Pedro Schwartz. Metaphors of Mobility: Emerging Spaces for Rhetorical Reflection and Communication, Nicole R. Brown.

TEACHING & RESEARCH IN MY POCKET: MOBILE GADGETS & PORTABLE PRACTICES. The Genie's Out of the Bottle: Leveraging Mobile and Wireless Technologies in Qualitative Research, Clay Spinuzzi.
Winged Words: On the Theory & Use of Internet Radio, Dene Grigar and John F. Barber. Dancing with the iPod: Navigating the New Wireless Landscape of Composition Studies, Beth Martin and Lisa Meloncon Posner.

U of M Libraries -- part of Hathi Trust

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HathiTrust Launching Full-Text Library of Books
by Barbara Quint

With all the controversy still swirling around Google Books and its post-settlement offerings, an alternative route to the millions of digitized books and journals supplied by leading Google Book Search library partners has arrived. The HathiTrust ( is a collaboration of 25 research libraries already participating in Google Book Search to produce a shared digital repository for preservation and access to a curated collection. By mid-November, the HathiTrust Digital Library will have a full-featured, full-text search service for 4.3-5 million items. The searches will retrieve bibliographic citations and page references, including those for in-copyright books. Content will extend beyond the digitized copies of books returned to early library partners by Google. HathiTrust is pushing to acquire other digitized special collections from its members, as well as making arrangements for opening access to university press books.