Information as Idea

I had the opportunity to attempt to define information in a historical and philosophical way. Using what I had learned in the first few weeks of my graduate studies Library & Information Science I put this short paper together. It gets a little out there and I think I tried to include way too much for this first paper.


That said I feel that it still captures many elements of what information is and tries to make an argument for what the science of information should be based on that definition.



Photograph by Charles Rondeau


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Folksonomic Infrastructure in Information Retrieval

As I am working through graduate school, I would like to share with you the work that I am completing. Below is a paper I completed on folksonomies. A folksonomy is a type of organization system that allows the users rather than the information specialist control how it is organized.


In this paper I try to determine if that is a good or poor system for management.


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Literature Review – Abelson – ‘The Seven Liberal Arts’

Continuing my review of literature about assessment, liberal arts, and university history I found a work called ‘The Seven Liberal Arts’ by Paul Abelson from 1965. The book is largely a study of the curriculum through historical evidence and records. In that way this book features the historical and educational program side of the university that Haskins’ study of college life did not capture.Philo_mediev Continue reading →

Literature Review – Haskins – ‘The Rise of Universities’

In an effort to better increase my understanding of education, liberal arts, and assessment as a portion of my on going career advancement I’ll be reviewing literature in these fields. This may mean an article, a video, in this case a book, or even lectures and discussions. In the future I hope to expand on and share what I am studying.

This first review is for a book by Charles Homer Haskins (an astounding name on all accounts) and his work ‘The Rise of Universities’ published in 1957. The book covers an overview of where universities came from and how they developed. An interesting tidbit from this book in particular was the amount of insight in the day-to-day activities of professors and students. It was written based on a series of lectures from Brown University in the 1920’s from what I can tell (so beware of the conversational tone and possible references to material not in this manuscript).

Edward Dodwell: Views in Greece, London 1821, p. 67

South-east View of the Temple at Sunium

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Why Assessment?

Why collegiate assessment? Why write about assessment? Why give any tests at all or ever again? These were questions posed to me about my new position at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma by colleagues as I left my last job. They were confused about why we should worry about testing college students. The questions hit hard and left me wondering myself.IMG_3697 Continue reading →

In Defense of Testing; Introduction

‘Test’ tends to be a dirty word. In the classroom it is a looming threat, in congress a shield, and in the Assessment Center our bread-and-butter. Few four letter words conjure such strong polar reactions. Thus it is a hard subject to brooch with how emotional discusses become. It is my belief however that testing has a solid, important, and needed place in education.IMG_3694

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