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A plea to the ACRL 2011 planners

August 26, 2009, 12:41 pm

It’s time to dust off this blog again. I have
lots to share, but no time to write— so this will be a quick one.
I’ll hopefully have some interesting (or at least new) content in the upcoming weeks—deep into the planning process
right now.

I have to say that I would be extremely
displeased with ACRL if they brought in
Mark Bauerlein. If you are going that
direction why not go all the way and bring in Glen Beck, Limbaugh, or someone
else from that “hate economy”? Actually, what would be really cool is having
Colbert debate Bauerlein. Seriously though, negativity is not the way to go,
especially in a horrendous economy. I suggest someone with a positive upbeat
message that is actually practical. A person who can talk about heading into
the future instead of someone stuck in the past.

Van Jones perhaps? I’m totally digging his Green
Collar
book. 

Or Wired columnist Clive
Thompson
who frequently writes about web culture. His current piece The New
Literacy
is very intriguing and flips Bauerlein on his head. Clive talks
about a study done by Dr. Andrea
Lunsford
(Stanford
) who says, "I
think we're in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven't
seen since Greek civilization.” And Clive adds, “The first thing she found is
that young people today write far more than any generation before them. That's
because so much socializing takes place online, and it almost always involves
text. Of all the writing that the Stanford students did, a stunning 38 percent
of it took place out of the classroom—life writing, as Lunsford calls it.”

This is more of what I would
expect from an ACRL speaker. I am not sure what the conference theme is yet,
but unless it is nostalgia related I say skip
Bauerlein.

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