Print or digital? Adults grapple with which is the best way to read — not only for themselves, but especially when it comes to their kids. Whether or not parents prefer print books over interactive e-books for their kids, the question is, what’s actually better for them?
So, last week, two Stanford professors made a courageous proposal to ditch lectures in the medical school. “For most of the 20th century, lectures provided an efficient way to transfer knowledge, But in an era with a perfect video-delivery platform — one that serves up billions of YouTube views and millions of TED Talks on such things as technology, entertainment, and design — why would anyone waste precious class time on a lecture?,” write Associate Medical School dean, Charles Prober and business professor, Chip Heath, in The New England Journal of Medicine. Instead, they call for an embrace of the “flipped” classroom, where students review Khan Academy’s YouTube lectures at home and solve problems alongside professors in the classroom. Students seem to love the idea: when Stanford piloted the flipped classroom in a Biochemistry course, attendance ballooned from roughly 30% to 80%.
The past five years have seen a proliferation of sites like Academia.edu, which, with 1.2 million registered users, is one of the heavyweights in the field.
The free sites, which also include Mendeley.com, ResearchGate.net, Zotero.org, and a number of discipline-specific platforms, typically offer users a way to organize their research, create personal profiles, and search for people with similar scholarly interests.
Here is something I composed for a recent application. Tell me what you think?
Special Collection and Archives philosophy
April 30, 2012
My philosophy on Special Collections and Archivesis to provide a forum for various patrons (librarians, archivists, and those in the academic community whom I serve) with a resource that can be actively used while still being preserved for generations to come. For this purpose, I believe any supportive activities including archival groups and discussion sessions with goal of deciding the “best use” practices in order to maintain the collections I govern over.
I believe in treating any Special Collections and Archives as a I would any other library; to help patrons reach their goals in terms of investigation by helping them develop good research skills that prepare them to examine and research topics across a spectrum of disciplines. My goal is to show that developing good research skills while respecting the nature of the various Information packages they are examining in a creative process based upon the analysis of information and engagement of information comparison. As a part of this process, it is also my duty to ensure that patrons are comfortable in an atmosphere of mutual respect and toleration of diverse opinions.
I am a proponent of active learning and use a variety of methods of teaching to encourage active use of specials collections. This requires patrons to engage in extensive participation via dialogue as well as other verbal and non-verbal forms of communal discourse. In summary, then, I am very committed to providing a learning environment that is both exciting and rigorous, one that empowers patrons using library resources no matter the state they are in.