Friday Reading for 11/28/2014

On Fridays, I share some of my favorite readings that I’ve found around the Internets. Many folks in the US are recovering from Thanksgiving (myself included!), and I hope you’ll enjoy a lazy Friday. Here’s some fodder for your reading pleasure:


David Carroll pledges to use only openly licensed resources in his study of medicine. I find this admirable, but holy cow will that be difficult! I think the best part is that if he can’t use openly licensed resources, he’ll update Wikipedia with the information that he could not find openly licensed elsewhere. He’s also got a great post about what happened when he and his colleagues were approached to write a chapter in an Elsevier book.

Jon Tennant proposes ground rules for livetweeting at academic conference. I think this is really important, and it would be very simple for speakers/authors to give permission before their talk regarding livetweeting. What are your thoughts?

This post about time capsules hidden around campus from Pitt’s Archives Service Center is fantastic. Who knew what was behind those cornerstones?  It’s neat to see early abolitionist writings preserved that way too.

Have you ever attended a panel and noticed that the speaker lineup was all white men? Even worse – has this happened at a talk about diversity? Jennifer Martin proposes ten simple rules for achieving conference speaker gender balance.

I’m loving this Open Educational Resource for linguistics teachers from the NSF. Gives a great overview of several of the fundamental areas of the field, all free and online for you to use.

This article from Katie Rose Guest Pryal on reasonable accommodations for university faculty with psychiatric disabilities was a thought-provoking and helpful read for thinking about making the world a more accessible place for everyone.

Have you heard or read this interview with Bro Adams, the chairman of the NEH, on the Diane Rehm Show? He talks about the role of the humanities in modern academia and the public interest, and introduces the new initiative:  “The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.”  I’m very interested in this and can’t wait to learn more.

Speaking of the humanities (as we all should), I love this post from Ivan Flis about the movement towards ‘open’ in the humanities. The deconstruction of Merton’s norms of science is particularly welcome!