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Category Archives: Education

States Investing the Most and Least in Children

Wall St 24/7: “Most Americans agree that it is important to provide children with ample opportunities for success, regardless of where they live. To this end, state and local government budgets include provisions for children’s basic education, health care, social services, and other support programs. Still, children receive widely varying amounts of resources depending largely… Continue Reading

Podcast rooted in each state’s geography, identity and history captivate listeners

Smithsonian Magazine – Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcasts – Use this indispensable guide to find out which podcast will be next on your listen list Continue Reading

The Importance of Truth Workers in an Era of Factual Recession

Alison Head and John Wihbey: Truth to Consequences “…Librarians are the facilitators and guides to the world of knowledge. Yet, many librarians lack the institutional power or budgets for truly scaling their training of information literacy skills — the fundamental competencies for finding, evaluating, and using information in the digital age. This skill set needs to become a… Continue Reading

The Nature of Problem Solving Using Research to Inspire 21st Century Learning

OECD – The Nature of Problem Solving Using Research to Inspire 21st Century Learning, 11 April 2017. DOI:10.1787/9789264273955-en “Solving non-routine problems is a key competence in a world full of changes, uncertainty and surprise where we strive to achieve so many ambitious goals. But the world is also full of solutions because of the extraordinary… Continue Reading

WaPo Special Report – EPA, Labor Dept. are targeted by industry leaders after Trump solicits policy advice

“The president invited American manufacturers to recommend ways to cut regulations and make it easier to get their projects approved. Industry leaders responded with suggestions to remove more than 150 regulations and painted the clearest picture yet of the dramatic steps Trump officials are likely to take in overhauling federal policies.” Continue Reading

Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here?

National Academies: “Recent years have yielded significant advances in computing and communication technologies, with profound impacts on society. Technology is transforming the way we work, play, and interact with others. From these technological capabilities, new industries, organizational forms, and business models are emerging. Technological advances can create enormous economic and other benefits, but can also… Continue Reading

New Book Pays Tribute To The Library Card Catalog

I worked in college and special library technical services for quite a few years before I completed both college and my Master’s program. I was a cataloger, and my tools were dedicated OCLC terminals and hand typed catalog cards (the IBM Selectric was also indispensable in those days). I created my catalog cards, filed my… Continue Reading

Digital project makes gifs out of beautiful images from Bodleian

And now for something completely different, old is new again!  Adam Koszary manages the Arts Council England ‘digital project thing’ between Reading Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life – From his article: “I spent just over a year at the Bodleian being sassy on social media and making GIFs out of centuries-old collections.… Continue Reading

Because each and every person shot at school, on the street, at work should not be forgotten

“A decade ago, Kristina Anderson was shot while in her French class at Virginia Tech, during a morning when a troubled student killed 32 people and wounded 17. Now 29 years old, she has found a way to reshape the meaning of that day, for others as well as for herself…On April 16, 2007, a… Continue Reading

Now free: citation data from 14 million papers

Via Science – Dalmeet Singh Chawla – “…the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), a project aiming to make citation data free to all, formally announced today by six organizations, including the Wikimedia Foundation, publisher Public Library of Science, and the open-access journal eLife. So far, the initiative has partnered with 29 journal publishers to enable… Continue Reading

Paper – Copyright: The immoveable barrier that open access advocates underestimated

Copyright: The immoveable barrier that open access advocates underestimated, Richard Poynder, 20 February 2017. “In calling for research papers to be made freely available open access advocates promised that doing so would lead to a simpler, less costly, more democratic, and more effective scholarly communication system. To achieve their objectives they proposed two different ways… Continue Reading

New Website Lets You Fax Art to Congress to Save the NEA

Artsy Editorial – “In the months since President Donald Trump took office, members of Congress have watched their phone lines reach capacity and their email inboxes overflow as constituents voice their displeasure with the administration’s policies and appointees… Now, a new website is giving citizens a way to get artistic with their political grievances. Artifax… Continue Reading