Editor’s Note: Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful . Enjoy!
Some good news coming out of Quebec this week – the province’s government has earmarked nearly $19 million for public libraries in Montréal, Quebec City, and the Montérégie.
For archivists, understanding the history of the Web and Internet culture is increasingly important. A new mailing list for computer historians has just launched and, so far, it’s actually fascinating (not something I thought I’d ever say about a mailing list…). I’ve mentioned my Preserving Digital Culture class several times here as one of the best classes in my MLIS. In case you don’t have a class like that, use WebCultures to get started.
Finally, this week I loved English professor Chuck Rybak’s discussion of how he uses the Serendip-o-matic app in his classroom. A few months ago, I mentioned Serendip-o-matic as one of the tools I like to use in reference interactions, and I think it does us all good to hear about what innovative and thoughtful educators are doing. I “met” Professor Rybak online through HASTAC and have consistently enjoyed his thoughts on teaching and the digital humanities, so give him a follow if you’re on Twitter.
I didn’t pay too much attention to the online world this week, as it was the first week of classes. But I do recommend that you read this interesting twitter chat about Ferguson (and social justice issues more broadly) and the role that critical library practitioners can play. And then go read Rachel’s blog.