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It looks like there may not be a print version of the 3rd edition of the Oxford English Dictionary as it is taking shape exclusively in the digital realm. The new OED is 28% completed and expected to be done in ten years. It is a thorough revision of the entire text, expected to cost around $55 million, involving a permanent staff of 70, plus hundreds of freelancers, consultants and volunteers in Oxford and around the world.

Fortunately for WSU Library users, we have a subscription to the constantly updated online version. There are many links to the OED on the Library Website, such as under Reference Shelf | Dictionaries, or you can click on this link to go directly to our subscription site: http://gold.worcester.edu/login?url=http://dictionary.oed.com/entrance.dtl 

For more historical information about the venerable printed OED and the digital version, see David Gleick’s The Oxford English Dictionary Meets Cyberspace that first appeared in the NY Times Magazine.

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Web Hoax

Even experts get bitten by the rumor bug.

Sara Scribner has blogged about the importance of school librarians in the digital age, especially when it comes to training students about reliable and unreliable sources of information. So you’d think she wouldn’t have been thrown by Jenny the Dry-Erase Girl—a young woman who told the story about quitting her job as a broker’s assistant in a photo essay of messages written on a dry-erase board. “I’ve had training and have had many false facts and crazy hoaxes revealed to me, and yet I bought it. Ridiculous,” Scribner said….

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 Cell phones, iPods, and HDTV can make the tiniest windows of time entertaining and potentially productive. But scientists point to an unanticipated side effect: When people keep their brains busy with digital input, they are forfeiting downtime that could allow them to better learn and remember information, or come up with new ideas. You might be clearer-headed if you go for a run outside, instead of on a treadmill listening to music and checking email.

Full story from the N Y Times at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/technology/25brain.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1285081301-9XdmpqayLdXsWGSC6Ky1xg

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