Frayed Friday Fastenings

Or, Some Stuff I Found

Some links to take you through the weekend:

Kate T., “NARA calls for public comments on how it can be more ‘open’,” ArchivesNext
The U.S. government’s main record keeping body wants input on their “Open Government Plan,” a transparency initiative. Due by March 19th. Official press release.

Priyah Chhaya, “Historian 2.0: Find the Past Through Social Media,” PreservationNation
Social media habitus of an historian. Gratifying to know that others are online as much as me.

Steven Vider, “The Divided States #1: Pennsylvania Mania!The Lazy Scholar
In the spirit of the WPA guidebooks and Sufjan Stevens, the Lazy Scholar is going state by state to identify digital archives that express the character of that state. He’s up to two states so far.

Jonathan Stray,”Jürgen Habermas not on Twitter,” Information, Culture, and Belief
Self-explanatory.  Stray also has smart things to say about the internet and journalism:

I think a news organization has to do original reporting in some form to be worthy of the name. To develop authority and convince its audience to listen, it probably has to let its reporters expertise shine through. What newsrooms don’t seem to understand yet (and Google does) is that filtering is just as useful, if not more so. Running or rewriting wire copy does serve to inform the reader, but linking is far more efficient for the newsroom and far more useful to the reader. Any organization that wants readers to come to its site first can ill afford to pretend that the reader doesn’t want the rest of the web too.

Massimo Pigliucci, “Podcast Teaser: Can History Be a Science?, RationallySpeaking.org
Aaaaargh. argh argh argh. Note that it doesn’t occur to them to actually talk to an historian, instead of a Hari Seldon wannabe. That would only be, like, rational. I mean, it’s not like we’ve thought about this problem or anything. Maybe they will in the podcast itself, we’ll see. So far, I’m not impressed.

And a couple of smart ProfHacker posts:

Erin E. Templeton, Silence is Golden,” ProfHacker
Great advice on how to get students to talk in seminars (or how to deal with their silence constructively).

Billie Hara, “Reflexive Pedagogy,”ProfHacker
A smart, short piece on how to lead students to make meaning out of what they have learned, to own their educations. I especially liked the suggestions for how to improve end-of-semester evals so that they help students, too.

And to finish things off, some NPR Fanfic (no, seriously):
Nestra, “Wait Wait Don’t Eat Me,” Archive of Our Own

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