“Email is a sinkhole, where knowledge goes to die…”

Posted by: on October 2, 2013   |Comments (0)|Tips and Tools

The title is a quote snipped from a recent NYT article on technology and college students. Nearly everyone has a horror story (read: an opinion) about emailing and more importantly, how NOT to do it.  This started me thinking about how much we use technology to communicate and, of course, some of the pitfalls to avoid. Despite email being declared a dead technology, for many of us in academia and also for those of you who will soon be heading out into the corporate sector, it is still the mainstay of communication.  In fact, email is an important form of communication of official college business at PC.

nfil-badge-ri-stars-stripes_0 October is also Information Literacy Awareness month, and over 20 states (including Rhode Island) across the country are marking the occasion with literacy events throughout the month.  Lincoln D. Chafee, the Governor of Rhode Island, even signed a proclamation.  What is information literacy?  In a nutshell, it is the ability to effectively find, evaluate and use trustworthy information.  There are many types of literacies including digital, financial, and health, to name a few.  Throughout the month of October, we will  highlight some aspect of information literacy here on the blog.  Digital literacy is particularly buzz worthy these days, as it typically involves technology.  Which brings us back to where I began…email and the college generation.  While it is doubtful that emailing will ever be as easy and convenient as texting, it persists as the standard for most professional communication.  Why not gain some proficiency with it while we wait for the next technological marvel to replace it?

Select Best Practice Examples and Tools:

  1. CBS MoneyWatch’s 9 Keys to Email Etiquette  
  2. Virginia Tech Career Services Email Guidelines and Etiquette  – Good tips for students communicating with prospective employers.
  3. Grammarly Lite is a free plug-in for Chrome, Firefox and Safari that will check your spelling and grammar, and also give you access to a thesaurus and dictionary — all in the cloud.  It also will work in your Gmail, and social media tools like Twitter.  It is a good extra set of eyes to check your emails before you hit send.


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Posted by: on October 2, 2013   |Comments (0)|Tips and Tools