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Polarization, Fake News, and Confirmation Bias

We live in a country is that is increasingly polarized socially and politically. Much of this polarization is exacerbated by the existence of “fake news” and other incomplete or even outright incorrect sources of misinformation. The primary reason that these … Continue reading

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“What Are You Going To Do Next?”

At the spring graduation ceremonies at North Central Texas College, after observing the pride that the families and friends showed for the graduating students as well as the pride the graduates showed for their accomplishment, I was reminded of the … Continue reading

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The Truth is Out There

Librarians are borderline obsessive about getting the best possible sources of information. This often requires questioning the credentials of authors, following the paper trails of research funding, and critically reading the findings of even the most respected scientists. This level … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing, Libraries, and You

The Internet is awash with freely available datasets, images, and scanned texts. But some of these items are difficult, if not impossible, to find because they lack easily searchable and meaningful information. For example, a scanned text of a handwritten … Continue reading

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The Future is Here!

Wow! Just, wow!  Those of us who watched the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics were treated to an incredible exhibition of the artistry and creativity availed to us because of computer technology.  I hope we never … Continue reading

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Library vs. Bookstore: The Struggle is Real

At the beginning of each semester, each of our NCTC campus libraries are inundated with similar questions, be it via phone, our online Ask-a-Librarian form, or email: What books do I need for my course? How much do they cost? … Continue reading

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Learning Teamwork with Cooperative Board Games

For the last several years, the gaming world has seen a real surge in the creation and production of new board games. This can include traditional family-style games, but also roll playing games, table top card games, strategy games, and … Continue reading

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