This Blog Is For Academic And Research Purposes Only

Though Shalt Not

This sign on a computer in the Paul A. Elsner Library at Mesa Community College caught Beth‘s eye and garnered a number of comments, including one from theangelremiel that seems to mark one of the most elusive aspects of Library 2.0.

they know that none of their classes require gaming

Excerpting the above as a simple declarative may not be fair, but it gets to the point. Let’s say they “know” (that is, let’s say they think they know) that none of the courses requires gaming. Making that claim cuts out the student’s role in her own education and asserts that the only things that matter are those in the course syllabi.

What of the questions students may ask? What of the group study opportunities afforded by IM? Are students only allowed to study contemporary culture from a distance, reading about it in “approved” journals?

Our students know the limits of our knowledge, do we?

The problem isn’t in having computers dedicated to academic use (and for academic users), the problem is in narrowly defining “academic.” Heh, and are there any limits to what counts as “research?”

Thanks to Michael for sharing.

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2 thoughts on “This Blog Is For Academic And Research Purposes Only

  1. For that matter what counts as objectionable material? And is there such thing as “objectionable” material that can *not* be for research? I’m no librarian, but I’ve been in the academy a long enough time to know that I agree with you Casey. There has always been a struggle by people to control how/what others learn, thankfully I don’t think that this is the case here… at least not consciously I think here we someone trying to make sure the computers are put to good use, but is unable to figure out how to define what good use is.

  2. Actually, good buddy, I gotta point out that, under all the other stuff, it says “*Unless required for your class.” While I agree that the wording is limiting, they do acknowledge that someone’s academic work might involve doing some of the things normally ‘Prohibited’ on the system.

    [tags]academic freedom[/tags]

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