Friday, June 10, 2005
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My colleges are in the news
I must also applaud President Schapiro (for whom I was a teaching assistant when he taight Economics 101) to for being savvy enough to lure Friedman out to Williamstown and getting some fine press for the institution in the New York Times.
Thanks to alert reader B.K. for the pointer.
UPDATE: The utility of searching the stacks contrasts nicely with James Falows' lament about computer searches in the New York Times:
posted by: Klug on 06.10.05 at 10:53 PM [permalink]
Open stacks have ever really been the scholarly norm: European libraries all have closed stacks and many American libraries did until the 60s or 70s. Sure they're nice, but don't go swooning over them: they are not necessary for great scholarship.posted by: Isaac on 06.10.05 at 10:53 PM [permalink]
Why does it matter whether open stacks have been the "scholarly norm" or not?...if the "swinging through the trees" analysis is accurate, then the additional speed of access to books will pay off, whether it's been the "norm" or not.posted by: David Foster on 06.10.05 at 10:53 PM [permalink]
Fallows' comment is interesting. I've had to look up similar data sets for California, and vast quantities of useful information are available online. BUT ... you have to know where to look. The California Department of Finance has vast quantities of data on its Web site. Google will never point you to what you want, though. Expertise and experience (are they the same thing?) will always count.posted by: trotsky on 06.10.05 at 10:53 PM [permalink]
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