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Amanda Clay Powers
Works at Mississippi State University Libraries
Attended Wellesley College
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Writers reflect on their favorite passages.  Love this column!
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+Stephen Abram As always, such a good librarian.  :)
I am bereft. Google announced that they were discontinuing Google Reader on July 1st. They disrespect their users (I suppose once again we’re not actual customers) and decided that 10′s of MILLIONS of Google Reader users just wasn’t enough to pay attention to. Anyway, I ranted on Facebook that libraries don’t need to be prommoting Google products and should offer, and even default to, the many alternatives to Google’s hegemony and virtual monopol...
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Thank you @PewInternet.  Thank you.
Pew Internet Tip Sheets: Highlights of the Project’s Research http://www.pewinternet.org/Commentary/2013/March/Tip-sheets.aspx by Joanna Brenner “Here at the Pew Internet Project, we are swimming in a sea of data – and we wouldn’t have it any other way! But if you don’t have time for a swim, or want a quick way to grab some fast facts on the go, we’ve rounded up the key data points on some of our most popular topics into easy-access “tip sheets...
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From the UCLA Daily Bruin (Student Newspaper): The UCLA Library will soon offer grants to professors as incentives to use cheaper alternatives to textbooks in their classes. The alternatives, which could include UCLA Library resources or free online readings from universities and non-profits, would help decrease rising textbook costs for students, said Sharon Farb, associate university librarian. [Clip] Through its new program, the UCLA Library w...
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Yes.
“Look, we’ve got more computer junk than we know what to do with and a generation of kids whose “information literacy” extends to learning PowerPoint and being lectured about plagiarizing from Wikipedia and putting too much information on Facebook. The invisible, crucial infrastructure of our century is treated as the province of wizards and industrialists, and hermetically sealed, with no user-serviceable parts inside. Damn right libraries shoul...
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This is why pre-prints matter--this isn't slated to be published until July 2014.  SMH
Research Article: Undergraduates’ Use of Social Media as Information Sources (Preprint) Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket http://www.infodocket.com/2013/02/08/reserch-article-undergraduates-use-of-social-media-as-information-sources-preprint/ “The following article (preprint) was accepted for publication on February 1, 2013. It is currently scheduled for publication in the July 2014 issue of College and Research Libraries. Title Undergraduates’ Us...
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Faculty in Mississippi State University’s School of Human Sciences recently launched a journal to promote academic research and outreach in human sciences and Extension topics.
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Loving this....
By Leo Babauta What do you do when your job, or your personal life, is a constant source of busy-ness, rushing, nose-to-the-grindstone work, and stress? Or what do you do if your life is simple and relatively stress-free, but something blows up and you are in the middle of chaos and high stress all of a sudden? This is when we could use a dose of Zen Mind, or the Art of Letting Go . What is this Zen Mind? To be honest, I’m still learning what...
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Well worth noting that Twitter is not, in fact, the world.
2013 report from the Pew Research Center demonstrating how discussions on Twitter often do not reflect more general national sentiment.
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Lovely.  I love this.
Search starts with the web. It's made up of over 30 trillion individual pages and it's constantly growing. Google navigates the web by crawling. That means we follow links from page to page. Site owne...
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Critical reading for higher ed recruiters--"solid, not dotted, line between network performance and the choice to attend that university" after recruits come to campus.  +Mississippi State University 
The sharp increase in the number of Internet-connected devices that students are bringing to campuses has left many universities struggling to find ways to provide the necessary bandwidth to meet the demand, according to a survey of campus technology officials released this week. A report describing the survey’s findings, released by Acuta, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, illustrates co...
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Coordinator of Research Services, Associate Professor
Employment
  • Mississippi State University Libraries
    Associate Professor / Interim Coordinator of Research Services, 2012 - present
  • Mississippi State University Libraries
    Asssistant Professor, Virtual Reference Project Manager, Ag & Life Sciences Librarian, 2005 - 2012
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Dewey Library, Reference and Serials Asst., 2002 - 2005
  • Chronos Assest Mangement
    Manager, 1999 - 2001
  • Bantam Books
    Assistant Editor, 1996 - 1998
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Female
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Coordinator of Research Services
Introduction
I am an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University Libraries, Coordinator of Research Services, Social Media Research Librarian, and President of the Mississippi Library Association. My research is on social media in academia and assessment of library research services.
Bragging rights
President of the Mississippi Library Association
Education
  • Wellesley College
    English, 1996
  • Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
    Masters is Library and Information Science, 2005