Book Review: How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sat, 04/19/2008 - 16:22

Many of you have probably spent some time in higher education. Enrollment in U.S. higher education institutions has steadily increased over the past few decades, and is projected to reach new highs each year for the next decade or so. What you may not know, however, are the working conditions of educators in colleges and universities. In his new book, How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation, Marc Bousquet lays it all out, and the picture is not pretty.

Full book review here.

You missed the last lecture

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 21:51

If your library has a waiting list for the book "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch it will probably be getting longer. The first print run of the book has run out. Both Barnes and Nobles and Amazon are out of the book. Amazon says that the book is expected to be in stock again on May 7, 2008. In case you don't know the back story on this book here is an ABC news story about it. And here is the lecture that started it all.

Turn Those Bytes Into Books

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 11:06

THE first time Jeannet Leendertse, a freelance book designer, saw the software on the Web site that could automatically produce a book, she was more than a little sad. “I thought I needed to have a stiff drink for the end of my career,” she said.

The software could help anyone turn some text and photos into a bound book in a few minutes.

Soon after, though, she saw an opportunity. “I realized there would always be people who appreciate time and effort going into design. I decided to put myself onto their Web site.”

South African Library to RePublish Books in Indigenous Languages

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 09:46

The National Library is to reprint out-of-print indigenous language books and has called on the public to help identify these books.

The Department of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the National Library of South Africa, are spearheading the process in a bid to reduce illiteracy and promote the culture of reading and writing.

A Habit that Must not Die

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 07:54

The habit of reading to gain knowledge is dying fast but some librarians are determined to save it, News Watch Nigeria takes a look at the state of reading in Nigeria. On the reading habit of the average Nigerian student, Nwosu said many students are generally concerned how to pass their exams, rather than seek to acquire knowledge over a period of time. "Exam, the issue of how to pass it, is the pre-occupation of many students these days.