The mail just delivered my copy of Richard Ovenden's new "Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack" which I'm looking forward to. Nice this arrived during as helps somewhat prevent the erasure/destruction of knowledge.

If you're a university educator and want to ask your deans, provosts etc. to take a principled stand against automated proctoring systems, feel free to adapt this text:

Proctorio tries to silence learning technologist 

A Learning Technology Specialist at UBC was rightly critical of Proctorio so the company is suing him - . Considering the ethical, technical or other transgressions of automated test proctoring/surveillance tools like Proctorio, it's worth spreading the word. His legal defence: GoFundMe campaign.

Good blog post here: In Defence of Ian Linkletter -

Thumbing through pages to look up something in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, first sentence under "principle of contradiction" caught my eye: "also called principle of non-contradiction, the principle that a statement and its negation cannot both be true." love that

There is now a Mastodon instance for publishing scientists: FediScience.

Everyone is welcome from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server.

There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science

Boosts are appreciated to let others know about this new instance.

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Stick with it. Often "...distraction is your brain ducking challenging feelings such as boredom, loneliness, insecurity, fatigue and uncertainty. These are the internal triggers – the root causes – that prompt you to find the comfort of distraction"

JSTOR summing up library anxiety. I enjoyed this but its target audience is more-likely non-librarians.

shameless self promotion of my new paper 

Our new article is finally published!

'What’s Wrong with Digital Stewardship: Evaluating the Organization of Digital Preservation Programs from Practitioners’ Perspectives"

Basically we (Peggy, Shira, Karl, Julia, and I) asked ~25 digital preservation practitioners about their workplace and the fields' downward workplace satisfaction trend and analyzed their answers.

Article (open access):

Data (mostly open except the interview transcripts themselves, participant protection):

Definition of a museum? I hadn't been following this issue so this article surprised me, it's not very in-depth but it does raise interesting complex points.

This starfish travelled to Montréal, fulfilling its life's greatest dream. It expired moments before being able to cross the fence and ride the red slide. A moment of silence.

Scholar Social is hosting a free online conference, !

And we're looking for presenters!

If you're a writer, researcher, formal academic, or anyone with expertise that you'd like to share, presentation spots are 10-15 min long (no formal credentials required, open to people on any Fedi instance, not just

Sign up by 2020 July 12 here:

I see Nick Cave is auctioning his socks to raise money for charity. I also read that Grimes is auctioning her soul. I wonder which one will fetch the highest bid?

My PhD thesis is now published online:

Short summary: I analyze the anticipatory negotiation on privacy rules in Europe, and use critical-analytical futures studies to identify latent possibilities for agency.

There are 14 riddles/clues (seedlings) on this LibraryThing Seedling Hunt page. Take a look and try to search the site to find what they correspond to. -- just for fun.

Best research: What's the deal with birds? 

I don't like to link to Twitter but it seems to be where the author posted the back story to this article.

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