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  • We’re Moving!

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    Some personal news: All things have a life cycle, and in this instance it is time for ProfHacker to return to its independent roots. Beginning on October 1, 2018, you’ll find new posts by our merry crew at Profhacker.com (as well as archived material), and, as always, @ProfHacker on Twitter.

    Many thanks to the Chronicle of Higher Education for hosting us since 2009, and indeed for continuing to host our archived material! It has been an exciting 9 years!

    Most important, thanks to everyone who...

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  • Weekend Reading: Good Luck This Semester Edition

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    By this time next week I think just about everyone on the semester system will have started classes, which means the summer’s over and campuses are once again full of activity. Whether you’ve been teaching or working all summer, doing research, or recharging for the long winter, here’s hoping everything goes well in 2018-19!

    On to this week’s links:

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  • Genius as an Alternative Social Media

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    Kate Holterhoff @KateHolterhoff is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research areas include nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century British literature, visual culture, digital humanities, and the history of science. She directs and edits the literary and art historical resource VisualHaggard.org, which has recently become a federated archive with with NINES, the Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship.She’s previo...

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  • How to do Rapid Response Research

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    I’ve written before about the good folks* behind the Nimble Tents Toolkit, a set of strategies and templates for helping mobilize academic and related workers in support of urgent crises. The first project was last fall’s mapathon for Puerto Rico, and they have had more successes since.

    Their fierce recent work, Torn Apart / Separados visualizes data related to the deeply antidemocratic and antihuman policies being enacted in the United States by ICE. Volume 1 focused on the astonishing breadth...

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  • How to Value Labor in Digital Projects

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    Digital projects often bring together many different members of an institution, or several institutions, and those members often have very different statuses: students (undergraduate or graduate), workers in precarious positions, those with permanent positions, etc. Understanding and properly valuing all of this work, and the disparate effects such work has on the different people who perform it, is an ongoing challenge.

    To help people begin to approach this problem, the Digital Library Federat...

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  • Weekend Reading – Rediscovering Blogging Edition

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    Blogs are back! At least, they seem to be making a resurgence as we try to disentangle ourselves from the predatory social media platforms that took all the words many of us used to write on blogs. I’ll admit, I started my own tinyletter in part because I wanted to find an audience again that was a little more personal that what gets lost in the algorithmic facebook feed and the firehose that is Twitter.  My blog (which is my domain) is kind of an experiment in long-form writing now. I’m wor...

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  • Getting Ready for Teaching This Fall

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    How is it already MID-AUGUST?!?!?!

    I just got back from Digital Pedagogy Lab, a week full of people sharing resources that can be implemented in our classes, if we start thinking about it [looks at calendar - weeps] now. But in order of ease, here are some things to get you started thinking about your teaching in the (sigh) fall.

    Syllabus:

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  • Weekend Reading: What Do You Mean, “Late Summer”? Edition

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    The World Cup is over. Transfer season is well and truly upon us . . . it can only mean that there’s about six weeks left until Labor Day and the traditional start of the fall semester. Hmm. You know what? Let’s just try to get through the weekend–have a good one!

    • Donna Laclos gave a keynote talk last month called “Who Gets to Use ILL?”, and it’s an interesting look at the assumptions any library makes about its users and resources: Who is the “user?”–there are internal and external systems,...
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  • An Itty Bitty Post

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    As we casually dip our toes back into regular posting after a week to accommodate the midweek American holiday + realities of summer, it makes sense to start out small . . . itty bitty, in fact. itty bitty is a service that renders a web page–even an entire (simple) app–entirely within the link itself.

    In other words, this link contains within it the first paragraph of Paul Clifford, compressed via the Lempel-Ziv-Markov algorithm, which if you tell me is a real thing I’ll believe you.

    The inge...

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  • Revisiting a Summer Writing Challenge

    A couple years ago, my colleague Emily Johnson wrote a post about an experimental “gamified” writing challenge she designed for our Games Research Group. We’ve run variants on this challenge in the group from time to time, but summer seems to be the most productive. This year, we’re incorporating a few social elements designed to help push back against the isolation of summer writing. Many of our group members aren’t actually on campus during the summer, and those faculty not involved in admini...

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