"N ow there are four chief obstacles to grasping truth, which hinder every man, however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to earn a clear title to knowledge; namely, submission to faulty and unworthy authority, influence of custom, popular prejudice, and concealment of our own ignorance accompanied by the ostentatious display of our knowledge."
Roger Bacon, Opus Majus.
- Putting the Best Findings Forward
- Paved with Good Intentions
- Bad Arrangements To Place Before School Children
- Data Detour
- Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful!
- Statistical Hearsay
- Honest-to-Goodness Transformation
- Assessment’s Top Models
- Fun With Numbers
- Indentured Certitude
- The Path of Most Resistance
- Data Are Not Psychic
- Beauty Is As Beauty Does
- Library Science
- How Do You Know That?
- Blog: Student-Designed Apps Address Real University Research Needs June 19, 2013
- Inaugural Class of National Digital Stewardship Residents Selected June 19, 2013
- MEDIA ADVISORY: Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in School Success June 17, 2013
- Blog: Pilot Project Serves Free Summer Lunch to Kids in Libraries June 17, 2013
- Blog: AAHC Forum: Collections Management Initiatives: Big Things Are Happening at the Harvey B. Gantt Center June 13, 2013
- White House Highlights Museum and Library “Champions of Change” June 10, 2013
Category Archives: Advocacy
I think I’m getting jaded. I am beginning to wonder whether lobbying for balanced reporting of evaluation and research findings is a waste of time. With voices more influential than mine weighing in on the opposite side, I’m having trouble … Continue reading
It never hurts to revisit the basics of a method that we’ve chosen to apply to a task we want to accomplish or a problem needing solved. So, the recent announcement of the Library Edge benchmarks is a good occasion … Continue reading
Nowadays libraries aspire to be data-driven. Almost everyone agrees that collecting and using data to improve organizational performance is a good thing. Implied in the various regimens promoting this idea (library assessment, managing-for-results, evidence-based practice, quality management, etc.) is the … Continue reading
The graphic below is a variant of one I blogged about in my prior entry. Its designers added a storm to create what might be called an inclement tug-of-war. This version of the graphic is from the Libraries Connect Communities: … Continue reading
I admit it. I’ve been suffering from a case of statistician’s block. No inspiring ideas for this blog have presented themselves since July. Well, actually, a couple did surface but I resisted them. Very recently, though, the irresistible “infographic” shown … Continue reading
The campaign to assess public library outcomes got a tremendous boost by Library Journal’s Director Summit held last month in Columbus, Ohio. It’s heartening to see library leaders getting serious about making outcome assessment integral to the management of U.S. … Continue reading
This week Chase Bank sent an email to its customers saying that one of their vendor’s computer systems were hacked. The bank stated that they: …are confident that the information that was retrieved [i.e., stolen] included some Chase customer e-mail … Continue reading
In the book John Adams author David McCullough writes about Adams’ legal defense of British soldiers on trial for murder in 1770. In his argument to the Massachusettes jury Adams said: Facts are stubborn things. And whatever our wishes, our … Continue reading
A new OCLC membership report, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community, is hot off the…er…PDF-Maker! The report is formatted more like a magazine than a study, with key findings summarized in a myriad of graphical illustrations. So, I must … Continue reading