Posted by: bluesyemre | July 6, 2015

The Joseph A. Labadie Collection (Political Posters)


The Joseph A. Labadie Collection contains posters which have been acquired over the past 100 years. This database consists of images of those posters covering social protest movements such as Anarchism, Civil Liberties, Colonialism, Communism, Ecology, Labor, Pacifism, Sexual Freedom, Socialism, Women, and Youth/Student Protest. Some are from the first half of the 20th century, but the majority are from the 1960s and later. Many are undated. All originals are held in the Joseph A. Labadie Collection.;page=index;c=lbc2ic

Posted by: bluesyemre | July 6, 2015

The Floating Library


The Floating Library is an experimental public art project that introduces the creative genre of artists’ books and printed matter to people recreating on an urban lake in Minnesota.

Posted by: bluesyemre | July 6, 2015

UNESCO World Heritage List

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The Criteria for Selection
To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. These criteria are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which, besides the text of the Convention, is the main working tool on World Heritage. The criteria are regularly revised by the Committee to reflect the evolution of the World Heritage concept itself. Until the end of 2004, World Heritage sites were selected on the basis of six cultural and four natural criteria. With the adoption of the revised Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, only one set of ten criteria exists.

Posted by: bluesyemre | July 6, 2015

12 Things not to do when you #travel


Travel writers always talk about what to do when you travel. It’s all must-see attractions and things to do. Go here, do this, see that, and act this way. But what about all the things you shouldn’t do on the road? There are plenty of mistakes travelers make that lead to wasted money, lost time, and missed opportunities. It is easy to say what to do, but we writers sometimes to forget to mention the don’ts. A lot of the old conventional travel wisdom (using traveler’s checks or booking early) is out of date in an increasingly digital and connected world. I believe that by not telling travelers “Hey, don’t do this anymore” we keep a lot of myths going strong. We insiders know the tricks, but unless we tell the general public, they won’t!


Posted by: bluesyemre | July 3, 2015

Kanye West vs. Freddie Mercury

Sorry…no contest…

Greece is in big trouble. The country became the first developed economy to ever miss a debt repayment to the IMF on Tuesday night.

After months of tense negotiations with its creditors a bailout from the eurozone looks increasingly unlikely and politicians across the continent are becoming more and more hostile towards the Syriza government.

While the root of Greece’s turmoil is complicated, one of the accusations aimed at it is that its employment sector needs a severe overhaul.


Posted by: bluesyemre | July 1, 2015

2 Temmuz 1993 anısına…

Posted by: bluesyemre | July 1, 2015

Code of practice for learning analytics by Jisc


Setting out the responsibilities of educational institutions to ensure that learning analytics is carried out responsibly, appropriately and effectively. Learning analytics uses data about students and their activities to help institutions understand and improve educational processes, and provide better support to learners. It should be for the benefit of students, whether assisting them individually or using aggregated and anonymised data to help other students or to improve the educational experience more generally. It is distinct from assessment, and should be used for formative rather than summative purposes.


Look, just put down the card catalogue (put it down) and take a very quiet seat, because the librarians are here. And they’ve got a couple suggestions for exactly what you can do with the old collection of vintage National Geographics you keep trying to pawn off on them. io9’s comment of the day today comes from two librarians who want you to know just exactly how to use (or more importantly, how not to use) one of our very favorite public resources.


Posted by: bluesyemre | July 1, 2015

Frankfurt Book Fair’s exclusive white papers

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Posted by: bluesyemre | July 1, 2015

The Norwegian Model: The Debate Library


Interesting blogposts from Norwegian and Finnish librarians on the new moves public libraries in Norway have made to promote public dialogue and debate, following on from the passing of the 2014 Norwegian Library Law stating that “public libraries should serve as an independent meeting place and arena for public dialogue and debate”.


Melvil Dewey was a one-man Silicon Valley born a century before Steve Jobs. He was the quintessential Industrial Age entrepreneur, but unlike the Carnegies and Rockefellers, with their industries of heavy materiality and heavy labor, Dewey sold ideas. His ambition revealed itself early: in 1876, shortly after graduating from Amherst College, he copyrighted his library classification scheme. That same year, he helped found the American Library Association, served as founding editor of Library Journal, and launched the American Metric Bureau, which campaigned for adoption of the metric system. He was 24 years old. He had already established the Library Bureau, a company that sold (and helped standardize) library supplies, furniture, media display and storage devices, and equipment for managing the circulation of collection materials. Its catalog (which would later include another Dewey invention, the hanging vertical file) represented the library as a “machine” of uplift and enlightenment that enabled proto-Taylorist approaches to public education and the provision of social services. As chief librarian at Columbia College, Dewey established the first library school — called, notably, the School of Library Economy — whose first class was 85% female; then he brought the school to Albany, where he directed the New York State Library. In his spare time, he founded the Lake Placid Club and helped win the bid for the 1932 Winter Olympics.

Dewey was thus simultaneously in the furniture business, the office-supply business, the consulting business, the publishing business, the education business, the human resources business, and what we might today call the “knowledge solutions” business. Not only did he recognize the potential for monetizing and cross-promoting his work across these fields; he also saw that each field would be the better for it. His career (which was not without its significant controversies) embodied a belief that classification systems and labeling standards and furniture designs and people work best when they work towards the same end — in other words, that intellectual and material systems and labor practices are mutually constructed and mutually reinforcing.


This infokit will provide guidance on best approaches in using digital media as part of new learning models in particular as part of a flipped or blended learning approach. It will offer best practice in delivery methods, sourcing, creating and more importantly using digital media to enhance teaching and learning and highlighting the pedagogical benefits. It will also consider the legal aspects of using digital media within an educational context and provide guidelines on accessibility issues. This infokit is designed for staff involved in the design and delivery of teaching and learning materials at all levels and anyone engaged in enhancing the teaching and learning experience.


Survey finds that 46.6 per cent of academics shared family photos and information such as their favourite films or books.  When does a student become a friend? This question has long occupied academics but a study suggests that growing numbers of them are answering it at the click of a button. A survey of 308 academics who use Facebook found that more than half, 54.4 per cent, counted current and former students among their “friends” on the site. Most had accepted friend requests made by students but nearly a quarter of the academics (about 23 per cent) had sent the friend request themselves. The study, carried out in universities across the US, found widespread variation in the amount of personal information that academics chose to share with students on the social network. Of the respondents who said that they did interact on Facebook with students, 24.2 per cent said that they shared very little information, limited to a personal photo and information about their university post. A further 46.6 per cent shared family photos and information such as their favourite films or books; while 28.4 per cent disclosed information extending as far as relationship status, religious preference and political views.

U.S. college faculty with Facebook profiles (N = 308) were surveyed about their expectations of students’ perceptions of their credibility, professionalism, and approachability in the classroom, as well as mutual connectedness with their instructors, resulting from out-of-classroom socializing with them and teacher self-disclosure on Facebook. Consistent with uses and gratifications theory, these teacher attributes made up the Professors’ Expected Relationship Compensation scale (PERC), which was correlated to professors’ frequency of Facebook interaction with students (r = 0.41, p < 0.001). Multiple regression confirmed the persistence of this large-sized effect after accounting for the influence of six other variables, including instructors’ level of self-disclosure. These characteristics have been shown to relate positively to student-reported enhancements of academic outcomes and satisfaction. Faculty participation in non-academic, online interaction through Facebook shows great promise for augmenting student perceptions of their college experience and academic performance because it aligns professors’ uses with students’ expectations.

Faculty and Facebook friending: Instructor–student online social communication from the professor’s perspective

Posted by: bluesyemre | June 25, 2015

Why invest in universities?


The funding environment for universities Universities are essential for the UK’s modern knowledge economy. The UK has a university sector that many other countries aspire to emulate. Our academics are world leaders in research and innovation, our graduates are in demand worldwide, and our universities attract business and investment to all regions of the UK.
However, in the absence of sufficient and sustained investment, the UK’s research base and university sector will fall behind key competitors. As the 2015 spending review approaches, there remain a number of major financial challenges that must be overcome. The UK has invested significantly less in research as a proportion of GDP than many other countries.1The UK’s total research and development (R&D) expenditure was 1.72% of GDP in 2012 and has been around 1.8% of GDP since the early 1990s. In comparison, in 2012 the EU-28 provisional estimate was 2.06% of GDP and the OECD average was 2.4%. Public funding for research offers high returns and has been shown to encourage greater investment in R&D from the private sector. UK research is exceptionally strong and efficient, and delivers great economic and social benefits. But it will not be possible to sustain this positive trajectory in the long term unless investment in UK
research is increased.

Posted by: bluesyemre | June 25, 2015

Can Wikipedia Survive?


WIKIPEDIA has come a long way since it started in 2001. With around 70,000 volunteers editing in over 100 languages, it is by far the world’s most popular reference site. Its future is also uncertain. One of the biggest threats it faces is the rise of smartphones as the dominant personal computing device. A recent Pew Research Center report found that 39 of the top 50 news sites received more traffic from mobile devices than from desktop and laptop computers, sales of which have declined for years. This is a challenge for Wikipedia, which has always depended on contributors hunched over keyboards searching references, discussing changes and writing articles using a special markup code. Even before smartphones were widespread, studies consistently showed that these are daunting tasks for newcomers. “Not even our youngest and most computer-savvy participants accomplished these tasks with ease,” a 2009 user test concluded. The difficulty of bringing on new volunteers has resulted in seven straight years of declining editor participation. In 2005, during Wikipedia’s peak years, there were months when more than 60 editors were made administrator — a position with special privileges in editing the English-language edition. For the past year, it has sometimes struggled to promote even one per month.



Ankara’da yaşamak biraz zordur. Denizi yok derler, gridir derler, en güzel şeyinin dönüş yolu olduğunu derler… Derler demesine de bizler bu şehri seviyoruz. Simitimizi, aspavalarımızı özleriz Ankara’dan azıcık uzaklaşınca. Evet, azdır bize şehrimizi sevdiren şeyler, belki de sırf bu yüzden sımsıkı sarılız bu değerlere.

Şimdi duyduk ki Radyo ODTÜ yeni yapılanma çerçevesinde Modern Sabahlar’a veda edecekmiş. Peki biz hazır mıyız buna? Ufacık bir üniversite öğrencisiyken okul yolunda, bazen ilk derste dinleyip dersliklerde, toplu taşıma araçlarında kahkahalarımızı bastırmaya çalıştığımız, şimdi aynısını ofislerimizde yaptığımız, ileride çocuklarımıza dinletme hayalleri kurduğumuz güzel üçlüyü artık duyamayacak mıyız? Bu yeniden yapılanmada bizlerin de azıcık söz hakkı olabilir mi?

Eğer siz de bizim gibi düşünüyorsanız lütfen Modern Sabahlar’ın yayınına devam etmesi için bize destek olun. Ankara’yı Ankara yapan değerlerden birisinin daha yok olmaması için sesimizi duyuralım.

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Posted by: bluesyemre | June 25, 2015

Toes in sand nose in book #reading #books




From a bohemian Parisian temple of reading to a bookshop with hidden animals: to mark Independent Bookshop Week, here are 10 of the best around the world – compiled with the help of our readers.

  1. Powell’s City of Books, Portland (Oregon, USA)
  2. Acqua Alta, Venice (Italy)
  3. El Ateneo, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  4. City Lights Books, San Francisco (California, USA)
  5. Shakespeare and Company, Paris (France)
  6. Strand, New York City (New York, USA)
  7. Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA)
  8. Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath (UK)
  9. Word on the Water, somewhere on the London canals
  10. Bookshops on four wheels

Posted by: bluesyemre | June 24, 2015

A World Without Work by Derek Thompson


For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?

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