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Comprehensive Exams

I hope that everyone at UNC has fun tomorrow with Comps. I’ll be in Davis, sipping a Diet Coke and hiding in a corner somewhere trying to get the damn thing done. Good luck, everybody. I wonder if there are any rules about posting the content after I’m finished? Just for the heck of it…

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

5 replies on “Comprehensive Exams”

Actually, yes, there is a very big problem with you posting the content.
One of the things we were told is not to discuss it for 3 weeks, sinceother are taking it at different times. Btw, your comments are a little messed up.

Oh yeah…brain slip about that part. Although that seems completely dumb…what difference does it make if we talk about it?

Oh, and…what’s wrong with my comments? they look fine to me in Mozilla, IE, and Opera….

The Honor Code, silly. Students aren’t allowed to talk about quizzes or exams after they take them, particularly in courses that have multiple sections. The thought is that they could give away some answers or tell the others how to study, which would put them at an unfair advantage. I’ve actually seen students taken to the Honor Court b/c they were overheard outside of Dey Hall talking about the quiz they just took. Yikes.

i think it can’t be posted in case someone fails the exam, as they then need to have an oral exam. if your answer was posted, they could read your response. actually, this whole discussion made me nervous enough to take off tiny little anecdotal information that i posted and then was afraid might be too leading. damn honor code.

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