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rhetoric_book.jpgRhetorics and technologies : new directions in writing and communication
Contributor: Selber, Stuart A.
Publisher: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press
Date: 2010
Description: Contents: Redrawing borders and boundaries. Being linked to the matrix: biology, technology, and writing / Marilyn M. Cooper
-- Among texts / Johndan Johnson-Eilola
-- Serial composition / Geoffrey Sirc
-- Constructing discourses and communities. Appeals to the body in eco-rhetoric and techno-rhetoric / M. Jimmie Killingsworth
-- Unfitting beauties of transducing bodies / Anne Frances Wysocki
-- The rhetorics of online autism advocacy: a case for rhetorical listening / Paul Heilker and Jason King
-- Narrating the future: scenarios and the cult of specification / John M. Carroll
-- Understanding writing and communication practices. Technology, genre, and gender: the case of power structure research / Susan Wells
-- Rhetoric in (as) a digital economy / James E. Porter
-- Literate acts in convergence culture: Lost as transmedia narrative / Debra Journet.

working_archives.jpgWorking in the archives : practical research methods for rhetoric and composition
Contributor: Ramsey, Alexis E., 1979-
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press
# Date: 2010
Description: Contents: Invigorating historiographic practices in rhetoric and composition studies / Cheryl Glenn and Jessica Enoch
-- Archival survival : navigating historical research / Lynée Lewis Gaillet
-- Open to the possibilities : seven tales of serendipity in the archives / Lori Ostergaard -- Invisible hands : recognizing archivists' work to make records accessible / Sammie L. Morris and Shirley K. Rose
-- Viewing the archives : the hidden and the digital / Alexis E. Ramsey
-- Locating the archives : finding aids and archival scholarship in composition and rhetoric / Chris Warnick
-- Searching and seeking in the deep Web : primary sources on the Internet / Elizabeth Yakel
-- Finding and researching photographs / Helena Zinkham
-- Looking for letters / Margaret J. Marshall
-- Reading the archive of freshman English / Thomas Masters
-- Journeying into the archives : exploring the pragmatics of archival research / Katherine E. Tirabassi
-- (En)gendering the archives for basic writing research / Kelly Ritter
-- Archival research as a social process / Neal Lerner
-- Emergent taxonomies : using tension and forum to organize primary texts / Tarez Samra Graban
-- The guilty pleasures of working with archives / Linda S. Bergmann
-- The personal as method and place as archives : a synthesis / Liz Rohan
-- Keeping the conversation going : the archive thrives on interviews and oral history / Brad E. Lucas and Margaret M. Strain
-- Deep sea diving : building an archive as the basis for composition studies research / Lynn Z. Bloom
-- Autobiography of an archivist / Nan Johnson.

Rhetorica in motion : feminist rhetorical methods & methodologies
Contributor: Schell, Eileen E. ; Rawson, K. J. (Kelly Jacob), 1981-
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press
Date: c2010

Discourse of blogs and wikis
Author/Creator: Myers, Greg, 1954-
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum
Description: Contents: Introduction : a linguist in the blogosphere
-- Genre : what is a blog? what is a wiki?
-- This text and other texts : creative linking
-- Place : where is a blog?
-- Time : now and then
-- Audiences: a checklist on engaging readers
-- Opinions : where do I stand?
-- Evidence : how do we know?
-- Collaboration : 'history' pages on Wikipedia
-- Arguing : 'talk' pages on Wikipedia
-- A note on studying the language of blogs and wikis.
Date: c2010

whenlangauge.jpgWhen language breaks down : analysing discourse in clinical contexts
Author/Creator: Asp, Elissa D.
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press
Description: Contents: Machine generated contents note: Introduction;
1. Introduction to clinical discourse analysis;
2. Theoretical and clinical contexts;
3. Conversation analysis and intonation in English;
4. Grammar;
5. Contexts of culture, context of situation and phase;
6. Study design;
7. Differential diagnosis and monitoring;
8. Cognitive models, inferencing, and affect;
9. Modelling information across domains; Closings remarks.
Summary: "Doctors, nurses, and other caregivers often know what people with Alzheimer's disease or Asperger's 'sound like' - that is they recognise patterns in people's discourse, from sounds and silences, to words, sentences and story structures. Such discourse patterns may inform their clinical judgements and affect the decisions they make. However, this knowledge is often tacit, like recognising a regional accent without knowing how to describe its features. This is the first book to present models for comprehensively describing discourse specifically in clinical contexts and to illustrate models with detailed analyses of discourse patterns associated with degenerative (Alzheimer's) and developmental (autism spectrum) disorders. The book is aimed not only at advanced students and researchers in linguistics, discourse analysis, speech pathology and clinical psychology but also at researchers, clinicians and caregivers for whom explicit knowledge of discourse patterns might be helpful"--Provided by publisher.
Date: 2010

Confusing discourse
Author/Creator: Janicki, Karol.
Publisher: Basingstoke, England ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan
Description: Contents: What are you talking about? : language and abstraction
-- Learning new words : how we develop meaning
-- Words are not what they refer to : the map is not the territory
-- Words, words, words, and tables, cars and elephants : intensional and extensional orientation
-- The good guys and the bad guys : two-valued and multi-valued orientation
-- The unfortunate word 'is' : 'is' of identity and 'is' of predication; e-prime
-- Can you tell the difference? : non-verbal phenomena, descriptions, and inferences
-- Can you imagine it? : the role of visualization and context in understanding discourse -- No bamboozlement, please : how to disclose others' equivocation and make your own discourse less confusing and easier to understand : a summary and some warnings.
Date: 2010

Google Starts Grant Program

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Google_book.jpg"Even as a lawsuit over its book-digitization project remains up in the air, the search giant has quietly started reaching out to universities in search of humanities scholars who are ready to roll up their sleeves and hit the virtual stacks.

The company is creating a "collaborative research program to explore the digital humanities using the Google Books corpus," according to a call for proposals obtained by The Chronicle. Some of Google's academic partners say the grant program marks the company's first formal foray into supporting humanities text-mining research."

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Concern over Google Books

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Google_book.jpg"Three library associations have asked the Justice Department to oversee Google's plans to create a massive digital library to prevent an excessively high price for institutional subscriptions, the groups said on Thursday.

The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries said that there was unlikely to be an effective competitor to Google's massive project in the near term.

It asked the government to urge the court to use its oversight authority to prevent abusive pricing of the online book project."

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.

New books for Writing Studies

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Here is a selection of new books :

Title Writing in the sciences : exploring conventions of scientific discourse / Ann M. Penrose, Steven B. Katz.
Published New York : Longman, c2010.
Series Allyn and Bacon series in technical communication
Availability TC Walter Sci/Eng Library Books (Level F) T11 .P393 2010 Regular Loan

Title Generation 1.5 in college composition : teaching academic writing to U.S.-educated learners of ESL / edited by Mark Roberge, Meryl Siegal, and Linda Harklau.generation1.5.jpg
Published New York ; London : Routledge, 2009.
Availability TC Wilson Library PE1128.A2 G434 2009 Regular Loan

Title The idea of a writing laboratory / Neal Lerner.
Published Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2009.
Availability TC Wilson Library PE1404 .L47 2009 Regular Loan

Author Gurak, Laura J.
Title The technical communication handbook / Laura J. Gurak, Mary E. Hocks.technicalcommunication.jpg
Published New York : Pearson Longman, c2009.
Availability TC Walter Sci/Eng Library Books (Level F) T10.5 .G845 2009 Regular Loan

Title Teaching the new writing : technology, change, and assessment in the 21st-century classroom / Anne Herrington, Kevin Hodgson, Charles Moran, editors ; foreword by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl.
Published New York : Teachers College Press ; Berkeley, CA : National Writing Project, c2009.
Availability TC Wilson Library LB1576.7 .T45 2009 Regular Loan

Author Beer, David F.
Title A guide to writing as an engineer.
Published Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2009.
Availability TC Walter Sci/Eng Library Books (Level F) T11 .B396 2009 Regular Loan

Title Instruction and assessment for struggling writers : evidence-based practices / edited by Gary A. Troia.instructionassessment.jpg
Published New York : Guilford Press, c2009.
Availability TC Wilson Library LB1576 .I654 2009 Regular Loan

Author Alred, Gerald J.
Title Handbook of technical writing.
Published New York : Bedford/St. Martin's, c2009.
Availability TC Walter Sci/Eng Library Reference (Rm 206) T11 .B78 2009 Non-Circulating

Brody to speak on "Cookbook for Eternity"

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brody.jpgThursday, October 1, 2009
7:30 p.m. presentation followed by dessert reception and book signing
Cargill Building
1500 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Limited seating; reservations requested by September 24 at 612-624-9339 or

Jane Brody joined The New York Times as a specialist in medicine and biology in 1965 after completing degrees in biochemistry and science writing at The New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism, respectively, and a two-year stint as a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune. Brody is the author of numerous books, including two best sellers, Jane Brody's Nutrition Book and Jane Brody's Good Food Book. Her most recent book, Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond, is a "complete guide to everything you need to know--emotionally, spiritually, and practically--to prepare for the end of life."

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UC faculty concerned over Google Book Settlement

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"Offering a crucial little-heard voice in the debate over the Google Book Search Settlement, 21 leading University of California faculty members have written a letter to the court asking for supplementary provisions to address their concerns. In the letter, the scholars speak on behalf of academic authors more interested in the public interest than in supporting themselves from their book revenues."

"We are concerned that the [plaintiff] Authors Guild negotiators likely prioritized maximizing profits over maximizing public access to knowledge, while academic authors would have reversed those priorities," the faculty members wrote. "We note that the scholarly books written by academic authors constitute a much more substantial part of the Book Search corpus than the Authors Guild members' books."

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Is there a margin muse in your library book?

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Daniel Kalder | Books |
"Marks in library books are usually moronic scrawlings or tedious displays of ego, but just occasionally you come across something fascinating"

"The classic example would be my discovery of the astonishing critical insight "Satan is the hero" inscribed alongside one of Lucifer's speeches in a secondhand copy of Paradise Lost. What motivates readers to write such unnecessary, moronic comments in the margins?"

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Book Preview: Dumbest generation?

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grownupdigital.jpg"In “Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation Is Changing Your World? (McGraw-Hill), Don Tapscott tries to shatter the negative stereotypes of the so-called Net Geners, who currently range in age from 11 to 31. His book gives parents from the baby boom generation — like me — reason for optimism."

Tapscott identifies eight norms of many members of the Net Generation:
*they prize freedom
*they want to customize things
*they enjoy collaboration
*they scrutinize everything
*they insist on integrity in institutions and corporations
*they want to have fun even at school or work
*they believe that speed in technology and all else is normal
*they regard constant innovation as a fact of life.

"Tapscott’s most severe criticism of Net Geners is that they are “undermining their future privacy? by giving away vast amounts of personal information along with potentially embarrassing photographs and videos over the Internet."

from the review in the New York Times:

Teaching about digital books

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Google_book.jpg I just finished listing to the Digital Campus podcast on the Google Book settlement (

Although not everything is finalized in the settlement it seems to indicate that full text searchable digital books will be a much larger part of the research landscape. This settlement specifically dealt with books that are still in copyright but are out of print. Read more from Google:

The podcast above mentioned the idea of thinking about how to teach students to use Google Books and other large repositories of full text books. Here are a couple of questions I came up with:
*What do students need to know about these?
*Do search strategies change when you are searching the full text versus just the title, author, subject?
*How can you use these repositories to help solve citation questions?
*Do you cite the book or the page in Google books? Is it the same as the book?

Here are some useful details on a few sites:

Google Books:
*7 million books scanned
*highlighting of search terms
*"Find this book in a Library" feature to connect to Worldcat which displays close Libraries based on your zip code with the item (useful if full text isn't available for newer books)

Open Library:
*1 million+ books
*Good interface for reading larger sections of content, you can "turn the page"
*Can download the PDF for out of copyright items

E-books In the University Libraries:
Electronic texts:
*New books in copyright available
*Very strong holdings in science, IT, engineering, chemistry
*Have to search MNCAT or each collection to identify titles

Google Books librarians

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You have probably heard about a recent settlement of the Google Books Project lawsuit that has been going on for a few years. But you have you had time to read the 125 settlement.

A couple of library organizations have created a short 25 page PDF called "A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement". Available at: . The University of Minnesota Libraries are part of this project.

Here is the overview:

"On October 28, 2008, after several years of legal wrangling, Google, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Authors Guild reached a settlement agreement concerning Google’s scanning of copyrighted works. The scanning of these works has been done in cooperation with research libraries throughout the United States. The settlement agreement requires court approval by the presiding judge in the U.S. District Court in New York because the case was brought as a class action suit on behalf of selected copyright owners.

In large part, the settlement focuses on in-copyright books that are not commercially available. Public domain works fall outside of the settlement and owners of commercially available, in-copyright books created prior to January 5, 2009, may opt-out of the settlement or opt-in to other terms with Google. As a part of the settlement agreement, Google will fund the establishment of the Book Rights Registry. The Registry, jointly run by authors and publishers, will collect and distribute royalties including an up-front payment by Google of $45 million. Users will have several new opportunities to access scanned books, both free and fee-based, via public and university libraries and through institutional subscriptions for academic, corporate, and government libraries and organizations."

It should mean more access to book content....what do you think?