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UP SLIS Graduation 2008

UP SLIS Graduation 2008
From "Custodians of wealth and power" by Celia Adriano (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2008):

In his book, “Teacher and Machines: The Classroom Use of Technology Since 1920,” Larry Cuban noted that even with so much money invested in technology, only 2 of every 10 teachers are serious users of computers in their classroom and 3 to 4 are occasional users (about once a month). The rest never use the machines for instruction.
This is the beginning of an article that is obviously from a speech read at the commencement exercises of the UP School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). It was probably edited to fit the space available, which may have caused some of the problems I raise here, but I doubt it.

Because of the way it began, I thought the article was going to go into the digital divide, but it ended up being about the personal qualities needed "to meet the challenges of serving our people as an information professional." I suppose this just goes to show that there are limits to what can actually be said at a commencement address. More unforgivable, in my opinion, is the fact that she got the old and new names of UP SLIS wrong. The worst, however, is the constant reference to "he." While I wish there were more male librarians, the reality is very different, as the photo above shows. The female author is obviously not a feminist.

By the way, congratulations to the new graduates!

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