Archive for 4 January 2010

Spring course will have ETSU students ‘fiddling over the Atlantic’

Posted in teaching with tags , on 4 January 2010 by Steve

“As the crow flies, Limerick, in the Republic of Ireland, is over 3,700 miles from Johnson City. However, in the digital world, practically any place is only a click away from another. Such is the digital immediacy of a new course being offered in the spring 2010 semester by East Tennessee State University’s Appalachian, Scottish and Irish Studies Program (ASIS). The course, ‘Appalachian and Irish Fiddling’, unites instructors from the University of Limerick with ETSU students in real-time classes in Brown Hall …” (more)

[PlanIt ETSU, 30 December]

Driver quizzed after popular student killed in hit-and-run

Posted in Life with tags on 4 January 2010 by Steve

“The driver of a car involved in a hit-and-run incident which claimed the life of student Joe McLaughlin has been questioned by gardai. The man presented himself to gardai yesterday, hours after the tragic incident, according to sources. Gardai interviewed the man yesterday afternoon …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Herald, 4 January]

Labor Needs Don’t Always Find Solutions at American Colleges, Study Finds

Posted in Life with tags on 4 January 2010 by Steve

“Despite calls to more closely link higher education with job needs in the United States, American colleges are only ‘moderately responsive’ to changes in the labor markets, according to a new working paper by three economists …” (more)

[Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 January]

Back at DCU

Posted in Life with tags on 4 January 2010 by Steve

“Ah DCU, home away from home! Good to be back!” (tweet)          

[Liam Redmond, Twitter, 4 January]

IReL Electronic Journals Provision in 2010

Posted in research with tags , on 4 January 2010 by Steve

“You will be aware that the IReL initiative has provided access to over 24,000 electronic journals over the past number of years. IReL has been a most significant facilitator for research across all academic disciplines and is widely appreciated among the research community. The Library, through the IUA Librarians Group, is working with senior University officers and the HEA to explore funding options to ensure continuity of access to IReL resources from January 2010 …” (more)

[Trinity College Library Dublin, 4 January]

Support gathers pace on Facebook group criticising Queen’s Library

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 January 2010 by Steve

“A Facebook group has been set up which questions the quality of service at the new library at Queen’s during the exam period. The group named, ‘Queen’s Library situation is a joke’, encourages QUB Facebook users to air their grievances. The majority of the criticism appears to be in regard to the opening hours …” (more)

[The Gown, 4 January]

Cambridge Weighs Initial Bond Issue

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 January 2010 by Steve

“Britain’s Cambridge University is considering issuing bonds for the first time in its 800-year history, following a trend set by US Ivy League institutions. The university needs to borrow £200 million ($320 million) to £300 million to fund a number of property and infrastructure projects in its home city, according to university documents …” (more)

[HT: Sandeep Gopalan]
[Elizabeth Pfeuti, Wall Street Journal, 4 January]