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MLS Focus: Learning in Libraries report available

“Prepared by OCLC Research, IMLS Focus: Learning in Libraries summarizes the May 2015 IMLS forum on advancing learning in libraries. The event covered a variety of topics, including participatory learning, early learning; adult education and workforce development, continuing education and professional development, and digital literacy and inclusion. The interdependent relationship between research and practice and the alignment of curriculum in the academy programs to meet the evolving needs of today’s libraries and the communities they serve were also discussed. The report recommends four areas of focus:

  • Connect LIS education and professional development to 21st century librarianship,
  • Pursue research that connects with library practice,
  • Design participatory learning programs that demonstrate innovation and scalability, and
  • Develop cross-disciplinary collaborations that advance library services nationwide.

See the IMLS blog post, Setting an Agenda to Advance Learning in Libraries, for more information and read the report in pdf format online. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. IMLS commissioned OCLC Research to write the report of the event in order to draw on its unique position within the field and its capacity to distill thoughts shared at the meeting and summarize outcomes and recommendations.”

Mapping Immigrant America

Mapping Immigrant America – Kyle Walker, Texas Christian University – Mapping Immigrant America is a project I am working on for my upcoming talk September 19 at Dallas’s Old Red Museum, “Visualizing the Changing Landscape of US Immigration.” The map is a dot-density representation of the US immigrant population, with dots colored by immigrants’ generalContinue Reading

GAO Reports – 401(K) Plans, TARP, Capital Power Plant, Military Personnel Ethics

401(K) Plans: Clearer Regulations Could Help Plan Sponsors Choose Investments for Participants, GAO-15-578: Published: Aug 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 2015: “Employers who sponsor 401(k) plans report using a range of default investment types to automatically enroll employees in their plans based on each type’s design and other attributes. From 2009 through 2013, theContinue Reading

Foundations of Financial Well-Being

Foundations of Financial Well-Being: Insights into the Role of Executive Function, Financial Socialization, and Experience-Based Learning in Childhood and Youth. Journal of Consumer Affairs – Article first published online: 11 MAR 2015. DOI: 10.1111/joca.12068 “During childhood and youth we build the foundations for financial well-being later in life, acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and personality traitsContinue Reading

Employment Situation August 2015

BLS News Release: “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 173,000 in August, and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  reported today. Job gains occurred in health care and social assistance and in financial activities. Manufacturing and mining lost jobs. Household Survey Data – In August, the unemploymentContinue Reading

July 2015 Trade Gap is $41.9 Billion

BEA report: “The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in July 2015 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit decreased from $45.2 billion in June (revised) to $41.9 billion in July, as exports increased and imports decreased. The previously published June deficit was $43.8 billion. The goodsContinue Reading

Publication Trends in Library Reserves: A Quantitative Content Analysis

Georgia Library Quarterly – Vol 52, No 3 (Summer 2015) – Denise Dimsdale, Georgia State University: “The purpose of this study is to investigate the peer-reviewed literature on library reserves in post-secondary institutions and to identify publication trends over time. The study analyzes library literature in a systematic way to provide statistical insight into publishingContinue Reading

American Criminal Record Exceptionalism

Lapp, Kevin, American Criminal Record Exceptionalism (September 1, 2015). Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: “In recent decades, criminal records have proliferated and come to be more consequential than ever. James B. Jacobs’s new book, THE ETERNAL CRIMINAL RECORD (2015), documents their broad scope, wide availability, and theContinue Reading

Dietary Supplements Are Not All Safe and Not All Food

Sax, Joanna, Dietary Supplements Are Not All Safe and Not All Food: How the Low Cost of Dietary Supplements Preys on the Consumer (September 1, 2015). American Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 41, No. 2&3, 2015. Available for download at SSRN: “Dietary supplements are regulated as food, even though the safety and efficacyContinue Reading

Google increases health information available via search

Google Inside Search: “In early August, New York City saw an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a very rare and sometimes deadly form of pneumonia. As more outbreaks came to light, Google searches for Legionnaires’ disease spiked over 1,000%. People wanted to know what this disease is, why it’s spreading, and how to prevent it. SoContinue Reading

Justice Department Announces Enhanced Policy for Use of Cell-Site Simulators

“The Justice Department today announced a new policy for its use of cell-site simulators that will enhance transparency and accountability, improve training and supervision, establish a higher and more consistent legal standard and increase privacy protections in relation to law enforcement’s use of this critical technology. The policy, which goes into effect immediately and appliesContinue Reading

Harmonisation of key OTC derivatives data elements

Bank for International Settlements- Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures – Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, Consultative report – Harmonisation of key OTC derivatives data elements (other than UTI and UPI) – first batch, consultative report issued by CPMI-IOSCO, September 3, 2015. “G20 Leaders agreed in 2009 that all over-the-counter (OTC) derivativesContinue Reading