Daily Debriefing

by Sharla Grass | 10/10/10 10:00pm

Dartmouth College joined HathiTrust, a "digital repository for the nation's great research libraries," on October 5, Library Journal reported. The company allows member institutions to archive their collections and view the collections of other libraries. Dartmouth library users can now electronically share member libraries' collections, including Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although Dartmouth Dean of Libraries Jeffrey Horrell told Library Journal the College was not planning to store digital volumes with HathiTrust right away, the College saw the move to join as "part of our overall preservation and archiving strategy."

Over 500 students from the University of California, Berkeley rallied and staged a library sit-in on Thursday to protest budget cuts in California's public higher education system, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Smaller-scale rallies took place at San Francisco State University and other campuses around the state and country. Although education officials expressed appreciation for the latest proposed state budget, which will increase the public higher education budget by about $5.5 billion dollars over last year's plan, they maintained that state universities need more money. "While this is very much appreciated restoration, it still leaves us about $300 million less than what the state was funding the university in 2007-8," Patrick Lenz, the University of California's vice president for budget, told Inside Higher Ed.

A review panel concluded that the University College London was not responsible for "radicalising" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a graduate of the institution who is accused of attempting to blow up a commercial plane flying over the United States last Christmas with the use of explosives concealed in his underwear, the Times Higher Education reported. An independent review panel was established in January to determine whether aspects of UCL are "conducive to the radicalisation of students." Abdulmutallab, who studied engineering at UCL, is the third former UCL student to have been implicated in a terrorist plot. The panel made several recommendations to the college, including a stronger approval process for visiting speakers, according to the Times Higher Education.