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Getting Rid of Old Books

More than a year into our most recent move, we finally spent entirely too much money on bookshelves and took to the task of unpacking our books. We’re a dual-PhD/recovering academic couple, both in humanities disciplines. We are also compulsive media hoarders; my husband, who doesn’t have a sentimental bone in his body, nonetheless insisted we keep all our old CDs so that our then-hypothetical kids could explore our musical tastes. But our particular weakness (which our now-real kids exploit li…


Alphabetizing Books Quickly: QuickSort, Insertion Sort, and Bubble Sort

piles of books

Sometimes, the video that would’ve been helpful for you arrives right after you’ve completed a task. Over the past few months, I’ve been gradually relocating my books from my basement at home to my office at work, thus symbolically completing a move that’s now 3+ years old. Once I got them all to work, they were piled on my shelves, and so I needed to quickly sort them.

Shortly after finally getting them all organized, I discovered that Chand John and Anton Trofimov have a video (via Open Cul…


Are those files really final?


A recent post by Charlie Harvey, titled The word final should never appear in filenames points out that when you’re sharing files with colleagues,creating a clear system for filenames reduces a lot of potential frustration:

There is a file you need to read. Maybe it has some important stuff in it. A contract that went through a bunch of revisions. That sort of thing. Only, when you go to the directory on your company samba share there are 30 files that it could be.

Inevitably at least 3 of thes…


Organizing Our (Analog) Library

The acquisition of books is by no means a matter of money or expert knowledge alone.  Not even both factors together suffice for the establishment of a real library, which is always somewhat impenetrable and at the same time uniquely itself.

–Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking My Library”

[This is a guest post by Jonathan Sterne, an associate professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. His latest books are MP3: The Meaning of a Format(Duke University Pr…


Questions, Questions, and more Questions: A Student’s Perspective on THATCamp LAC

[This is a guest post by Celeste Marshall Kahn, an undergraduate at Converse College. She is majoring in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing and is a member of the Converse Nisbet Honors program. Follow her on Twitter at @cellykahn. --@eetempleton]

When Dr. Templeton invited me to attend THATCamp LAC with her, I knew that it would be a great opportunity. But an opportunity for what, exactly, I honestly did not know. My head was full of questions: What are the Digital Humanities? Ho…


Organizing a THATCamp for Liberal Arts Colleges

that_campersLast week George rounded up many responses to the recent THATCamps at George Mason University and at St. Norbert College. The latter, which I helped organize, focused on digital teaching and research at Liberal Arts Colleges (or other schools that face similar challenges). We’ve written about THATCamps frequently at ProfHacker. Last year Ethan wrote specifically about organizing an unconference, and I don’t want to repeat his points here. Instead I want to focus on a few unique challenges we faced organizing LAC, and make a few points about the lessons we learned.

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Non-Humanist Report from THATCamp

Like three other Profs. Hacker, I recently attended THATCamp Liberal Arts Colleges (LAC). Unlike the three, I’m not in the humanities. Yet, I found the experience to be enriching and inspiring.

Why did I go? You can read more about that at my blog. I don’t think my attendance was too far-fetched, given my background (I double-majored in both physics and performing and visual arts, concentration in music, specializing in piano [whew, that always is long to get out, but it’s not accurate to say th…


How to Join the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (and Why You Want To)

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Yesterday saw the kickoff of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, a joint project of many, many groups in higher education, spearheaded by the California Faculty Association and Lillian Taiz. (See coverage at the Chronicle and InsideHigherEd.com.) The campaign has a couple of broad goals: guaranteeing access to affordable, quality higher education, and including the voices of faculty, students, and other stakeholders in budgetary discussions about higher education.

Faced with a sys…