“Most respectful of the truth”: Exploring open-mindedness with Mark Lenker
We often think of open-mindedness as a personality trait, but Mark Lenker’s research reveals that open-mindedness is more an activity of mind than a state of mind. In a conversation following his LOEX 2020 presentation, “Open-mindedness is an achievement: Prototyping a new threshold concert for information literacy,” Lenker describes the habits – and limits – of open-mindedness, the relationship between open-mindedness and intellectual freedom, and how open-mindedness can be integrated into information literacy instruction and other areas of librarianship.
Search for Good with Ecosia.org
Don’t you wish that your inexplicable word salad of a search-history could do more than potentially incriminate? Well thanks to Ecosia, now those queries can plant trees. You’re welcome.
‘Yesterday’ as an Open Access Movie
What does a movie about Beatles music have to do with the Open Access movement? According to this blogger, everything! (Spoilers within.)
Turning Undergrads into Independent Learners
College educators have often lamented the unintended influence of standardized testing on students’ thinking skills. In my discipline, English, freshman instructors note that the short reading passages appearing on tests have limited students’ ability to follow—or even finish reading—longer pieces. Worse, as NCTE has noted, the tests’ multiple choice format gives readers the impression that every text has one, and only one, definite meaning.
SCI-HUB AS CRIMINAL: A PUBLISHER’S VIEW
My previous posting explored the phenomenon of Sci-Hub, a site dedicated to providing free access to more than 50 million academic papers without regard to their ownership status or to copyright laws. This post looks at the legal issues involved, in contrast to the previous post’s articulation of the argument for open access.
OIF and Intellectual Freedom in Orlando
ALA’s 2016 Annual Conference is in Orlando, FL and the Office for Intellectual Freedom will be there staffing the different committee meetings and programs.
Committee meetings and programs are open to any attendee, and are often a good way to learn about the business of ALA and its intellectual freedom initiatives.
Ethics and Intellectual Freedom
By Dustin Fife I was lucky enough to watch Martin Garnar present at a library conference last week. He presented about library ethics and intellectual freedom. Martin is dean of […]
What Can YOU Do?
“I’m so sorry you’re going through this.” “I’m here if you need to talk.” “Don’t read the comments.” “How can I help?” “What do you need?” A close friend of […]
OIF and Intellectual Freedom at Midwinter
ALA’s Midwinter Meeting is in Boston and the Office for Intellectual Freedom will be there staffing the different committee meetings and programs. OIF meetings are open to any attendee, and are often a good way to learn about the business of ALA and Intellectual Freedom.
OIF webcasts now available for purchase
In 2011, OIF presented two series of webinars – Intellectual Freedom Summer School and Intellectual Freedom across the Globe – that were recorded and are now available for purchase. To […]