Raiders of the Lost Archives @timeshigered

Fascinating, having done most of my research just before digitisation made a huge difference, great to see someone looking back "before": But when I got to the library itself it was Aladdin's Cave. There were manuscripts and rare books (the world's best collection of Victorian novels in serial, for example), many of them uncatalogued. It required a certain nerve to ask the librarian to cut the page of a monthly serial of - say -…

Are Innovation and Technology Synonymous?

Is technology at the base of all innovations? Someone told me recently that there is a correlation between economic recession and the frequency of the use of the word "innovation". The correlation is a positive one. I have no idea if it is true, or even how you could find out, but I suspect there could be something in it. Once you start looking, "innovation" crops up everywhere, sprinkled like confetti in print and broadcast…

Lack of Tech Savvy for PhD Students?

Interesting story about use - or lack of - of social media, etc. in academic institutions: Few PhD students explore new technologies in their research or understand the range of information available to them, a report commissioned by the British Library and higher education technology body Jisc has found. Researchers of Tomorrow, published on 28 June, surveyed more than 17,000 PhD students over three years, following 60 in depth and looking in particular at those…
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