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World Map of Registered Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries are proliferating around the world – Take a Book – Leave a Book. Here in America these libraries can found in gardens, on homeowners front lawns, in coffee shops, on outdoor trails – they are sponsored by individuals and groups whose goal is to promote literacy, to provide free reading material to children and adults and to keep books in circulation that would otherwise end up in the dump. The Little Free Libraries themselves are hand built by individuals and groups – as team, school, group or individual projects.  There are many resources available to learn how to build a Little Free Library – and also a searchable World Map of Registered Free Libraries that provides a plethora of information on the history little free libraries, associated regulations and charters, locations, building ideas, free signage and books labels, and stories on how to establish, maintain and communicate about the libraries.

Barclays UK Prosperity Map – new research that uses factors including average annual pay, business survival rates, the percentage of households

“A Prosperity Index score has been calculated by Opinium for each UK city and region, helping to explain the data on millionaire numbers calculated by Wealth-X. The index uses third party figures on the factors listed below: Factors used in regional Prosperity Index score: Median household wealth GDP per capita Unemployment rate Average weekly householdContinue Reading

Health Care and Cyber Security: Increasing Threats Require Increased Capabilities

KPMG – “Four-fifths of executives at healthcare providers and payers say their information technology has been compromised by cyber-attacks. At the core of the increased risk to healthcare organizations is the richness and uniqueness of the information that the health plans, doctors, hospitals and other providers handle. Apart from typical financial fraud, there is alsoContinue Reading

Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina Reconsidered 10 Years Later

Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government – Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina Reconsidered 10 Years Later By Marc Landy: “From 2006 through 2008, the Rockefeller Institute partnered with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to conduct a regional analysis of the recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The InstituteContinue Reading

Global dollar credit and carry trades: a firm-level analysis

Bank for International Settlements – Global dollar credit and carry trades: a firm-level analysis by Valentina Bruno and Hyun Song Shin, Working Papers No 510 August 2015. “We conduct a firm-level analysis of borrowing in US dollars by non-financial corporates from outside the United States. The dataset combines bond issuance data with firm-level financial information.Continue Reading

White Paper – Empowering librarians with fact-based analytics

Playing “Moneyball” in Librarianship:  The Winning Strategy of Gap Analysis By Tommy Doyle Senior Vice President, Elsevier “…Researchers and students need both journals and books to build their knowledge around a topic. Journal content provides results of the latest research, while book content provides an interdisciplinary view, along with fundamental and comprehensive knowledge. Book contentContinue Reading

Forrester Report – Humans and Robots working side by side

InformationWeek, Thomas Claburn: “Robots will not take all our jobs, but that doesn’t mean their arrival will be without consequence. Automated systems — ranging from free-roaming bots to computerized kiosks, to pure software — will replace human labor, and it will demand more of it. Unfortunately for humans, research firm Forrester anticipates more jobs beingContinue Reading

Capital Inflows, Credit Growth, and Financial System

Capital Inflows, Credit Growth, and Financial Systems. Author/Editor: Deniz Igan; Zhibo Tan. IMF. August 19, 2015. “Exploiting a granular panel dataset that breaks down capital inflows into FDI, portfolio and other categories, and distinguishes between credit to the household sector and to the corporate sector, we investigate the association between capital inflows and credit growth.Continue Reading

Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette

August 26, 2015, Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette ‘Always on’ mobile connectivity poses new challenges for users about when to be present with those nearby or engaged with others on their screens. By Lee Rainie and Kathryn Zickuhr “Cellphones and smartphones have become a mainstay in the lives of many Americans, and this has introducedContinue Reading

Income and Earnings Estimates: First Quarter 2013

“Using the two later waves (14 and 15) from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation panel, this table package presents income and earnings estimates at the individual, family and household level for the first quarter (January, February and March) 2013. Estimates are provided by selected demographic characteristics, such as gender, race/ethnicity, age, marital status andContinue Reading

How Many Employers Could be Affected by the Cadillac Plan Tax?

Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief, August 2015: “As fall approaches, we can expect to hear more about how employers are adapting their health plans for 2016 open enrollments. One topic likely to garner a good deal of attention is how the Affordable Care Act’s high-cost plan tax (HCPT), sometimes called the “Cadillac plan” tax, isContinue Reading

The Internet of Things – 50 Billions Connected Devices and Objects by the Year 2020

OCLC – NextSpace 24 – Libraries and the Internet of Things: “A world divided by the prospect of a world connected . The simplest definition of the Internet of Things (IoT) might be: real-world objects connected to the Internet, sending and receiving data. But beyond that, there is little consensus on what the specific technicalContinue Reading