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PCC Board set to drop $4.7 mil for computer…

PCC Board set to drop $4.7 mil for computer contractors at Thursday’s Meeting

Three contract extensions, for a total of $4,726,000 will be voted on by the PCC Board of Directors at their next meeting, Thursday evening. All of the contracts have to do with the Network Redesig…

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Why are there no copies of the real Blue…

Why are there no copies of the real Blue Crush, the documentary by Bill Ballard??

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The State of Oregon Law Library has purchased…

The State of Oregon Law Library has purchased EBSCO's Legal Information Reference Center. This resource is accessible from any browser, any location, within the borders of the state of Oregon. People do not need to come to a library for access.
This service contains a large number of NOLO legal reference books and various legal forms. NOLO publications are books on common legal topics aimed at non-lawyers. The NOLO books are a good resource for people looking to get a handle on common legal problems.
Oregonians simply go to the link, enter their county of residence for their “patron id” and “oregon" as the password. Neither is case sensitive.?

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Anyone found a way to make website evaluation…

Anyone found a way to make website evaluation less ridiculous than super-simplified checklists? No, okay then I'll take your snazzed-up checklist, if you're sharing.

Reworking some of our learning objects and finding that website evaluation is just… not looking amazing right now. How are you conquering this??

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Phew. Presentation made, now I can share…

Phew. Presentation made, now I can share things with the world.

Wonder what I spent the last long while working on? Here it is!

Not done, will never be done (permanent beta ftw), but I made my sabbatical presentation to the college today… and have subsequently been asked to turn this work into a series of 30 minute lightweight workshops, tentatively thinking of calling it a Tinkerer's Workshop and inviting people to come tinker with how they teach.

Also? It was delightful to give a talk about how things change…to specifically highlight my proposal and how none of it came true as predicted, and about how much more value I got out of just "going with it."?

Overview – Curiosity Project – LibGuides at Portland Community College

Summary I have a theory. It’s that supporting curiosity leads to greater academic persistence and improved student success. There are many theoretical approaches to supporting student curiosity and inquiry; this proposal is about taking time to explore teaching and learning by using …

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You may be interested in the following two…

You may be interested in the following two bills, sponsored by AFT-Oregon, that deal specifically with adjunct faculty issues. 

The first one is SB 702, which will allow adjuncts who work at more than one college to qualify for healthcare. SB 702 increases adjunct faculty access to healthcare by allowing adjuncts who teach at multiple colleges and universities to combine their FTE to qualify for employer paid healthcare. The public hearing is scheduled for Thursday 4/16 at 1pm in Salem.

The second one is HB 3508, which would provide access to unemployment insurance to community college instructors during summer if they would normally teach a class during that term. Recently passed in Washington state and supported by the employment department, this bill creates fairness for faculty that have contingent teaching assignments. The public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday 4/15 at 8am in Salem.?

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In this hangout you’ll hear from people…

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In this hangout you’ll hear from people who have been directly involved in planning and running new making and tinkering spaces with different audiences in mind (museums, schools and libraries). In two cases the paint hasn’t dried (or even been applied yet…), meaning they are in the planning and building process now. Everyone on the panel will reflect on their experiences up to this point, offer advice and suggestions to each other, and respond to questions you might have about their process.

Heather Singh from the Thinkery in Austin, TX
Casey Shea from Analy High School in Sebastopol, CA
Adam Rogers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries
Brent Richardson from the Houston Children’s Museum / Maker Annex
Samar Darwish Kirresh from the Walid and Helen Kattan Science Education Project in Ramallah – Palestine

Heather just helped launch the Thinkery’s newest addition, called Space 8: a Maker Lab for ages 8 and up. The Thinkery (formerly, the Austin Children’s Museum) recently underwent a major reinvention of their organization. This process has affected every square inch of their building, not to mention the programs they offer inside it.  

Casey teaches a class called Project Make, which is where we first met.  He was setting up a classroom space inside of the O’Reilly offices nearby. Since then he has been given a wonderful old space that he uses as a classroom for both his students and other teachers in his district, introducing both to the merits of making as part of a normal class day.

Brent, from the Houston Children’s Museum, recently opened their new Maker Annex, with help from the Chevron Corporation. At CMH they realize that kids have always made things, but in the Maker Annex, they’ll be encouraged to tinker and learn new skills to bring their designs to life.

Adam is a librarian specializing in emerging technologies and recently launched the Hunt Library maker space inside of a magnificent new library on the campus of NCSU, where they completely reimagined what a library could offer to students. That space was so well received that he’s at it again—this time creating a bigger and better maker space for their pre-existing main library building.

Samar is opening a space in Ramallah with a long-range vision: starting with a small and experimental space meant to inform a new building and science centre that is still a few years out. It’ll be fun to see what they’re imagining now, where they’re hoping to take the work in the future, and to check back in on progress along the way.?

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Libraries in the Internet Age (Free Version…

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Chemical Party

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Assisting someone with finals research caused…

Assisting someone with finals research caused me to glance at this list of topics on Violence Against Women… I didn't know about some of these. I am further saddened. 

Acid throwing 
Breast ironing 
Bride burning 
Domestic violence 
Domestic violence and pregnancy 
Dowry death 
Honor killing 
Female genital mutilation 
Gishiri cutting 
Foot binding 
Forced abortion 
Forced pregnancy 
Forced prostitution 
Human trafficking 
Murder of pregnant women 
Sexual slavery 
Sexual violence 
Violence against prostitutes 
Witch trials?

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