November 22nd, 2014 by Michael Sauers


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July 25th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

survey iconIf you’ve got a few minutes please consider helping out one of my colleagues with her survey.


We’d like your input on diversity in the library workplace for our research. We have a short survey that we hope you will complete. Questions focus on your own experiences learning about and working with diversity.

The survey is completely anonymous, and your results will be kept confidential. We will report aggregated results, to ensure that no one librarian can be identified. At the end of the survey, you may choose to participate in a follow-up interview. If you provide your name and email address at that time, your responses to this survey will then be considered confidential. If you do not provide your name and email address and instead telephone or email the interviewer separately, your responses to the survey will be completely anonymous.

We anticipate using these results to provide support to LIS educators and associations in supporting diversity efforts.

Please click here to answer the survey:

Please also consider forwarding this message to your co-workers, so that we may hear from even more people in the field.

Thank you in advance for your response.

Kathryn Brockmeier
Lincoln, NE
Graduate Student, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies
University of Missouri

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September 25th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on TechnologyOnline education arguably came of age in the last year, with the explosion of massive open online courses driving the public’s (and politicians’) interest in digitally delivered courses and contributing to the perception that they represent not only higher education’s future, but its present.

Faculty members, by and large, still aren’t buying — and they are particularly skeptical about the value of MOOCs, Inside Higher Ed’s new Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggests.

The survey of 2,251 professors, which, like Inside Higher Ed’s other surveys, was conducted by Gallup, finds significant skepticism among faculty members about the quality of online learning, with only one in five of them agreeing that online courses can achieve learning outcomes equivalent to those of in-person courses, and majorities considering online learning to be of lower quality than in-person courses on several key measures (but not in terms of delivering content to meet learning objectives).

Read the full article & download the full report @ Inside Higher Ed.

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August 27th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

I f%*king hate networking.Sometimes, what looks like good news really isn’t. Pew just released survey results today showing that the percentage of Americans with home “high speed broadband” connections has ticked up from 66 to 70 since April 2012. Pew calls this a “small but statistically significant rise.” The report also shows that 32 percent of the people without home “high speed broadband” connections (or another 10 percent of Americans) have a smartphone.

The news of an overall rise in “high-speed broadband” adoption will likely be trumpeted by America’s giant communications companies and policymakers as the bright spot: “We’re not doing so badly!” But before we start celebrating, it’s a good idea to look closely at the results.

For starters, Pew’s results demonstrate that the digital divide is persistent, with close correlations between socioeconomic status and home Internet access. The report is also a reminder that policymakers use the words “high-speed broadband” to include everything other than dialup access, which is far too broad a definition.

Indeed, we’ve set an alarmingly low bar for ourselves: America should be dominating the information-centric global economy, but we won’t unless we raise our standards.

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June 14th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Last week, prior to the recent NSA scandals, my Congressman was concerned about the recent IRS (maybe) scandals (on the NSA issue, so far I am unaware he even has an opinion,) his e-mail newsletter contained a “survey” on what I as a constituent tought of the IRS. However, instead of actually asking for my opinion he asked “I’m interested to know if you have ever been treated unfairly by the IRS. Have you ever had the following problems with the IRS? (Check as many as apply.)” An here are the options:

Fortenberry SurveyWhat I would like to know is how any of these choices, short of the particular one about obtaining tax exempt status, has anything to do with the issues at hand. Never mind that fact that one person’s definition of “delay” could easily be nowhere near reality if they have not expeience witht the process.

Sorry Congressman, I did not send a response to your completely partisan, let’s get the IRS, survey.


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April 27th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

amazon-logoThen I looked at the fine print. CCSU bases their study on factors like libraries, bookstores, periodicals, newspaper circulation, Internet resources, and education levels. But Amazon’s study? Is based on just “sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format.”

So, in case you didn’t catch that, Amazon thinks the cities that are most “well-read” are the cities that bought the most stuff from them.

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