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Census posts data on Back to School: 2015-2016

This posting from Census is replete with facts and figures on the 2015-2016 school year – “Summertime is winding down and vacations are coming to an end, signaling that back-to-school time is here. It’s a time that many children eagerly anticipate — catching up with old friends and making new ones, and settling into a new daily routine. Parents and children alike scan newspapers and websites looking for sales on a multitude of school supplies and the latest clothing fads and essentials. This edition of Facts for Features highlights the many statistics associated with the return to classrooms by our nation’s students and teachers”…facts included are as follows:

New on LLRX – Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?

Via LLRX.com – In Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone? – David Rothman calls out an increasingly pervasive dichotomy of action by some of America’s wealthiest corporate philanthropists in regard to supporting libraries, literacy and equal access to comprehensive public library collections. As Rothman documents, Omaha Public Libraries’ spendingContinue Reading

NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition

“The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. This publication was produced by the NMC in collaboration with University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich. To create the report, an international body of expertsContinue Reading

World Bank Opens Online Archives Holdings

Elisa Liberatori Prati – World Bank – “In April 2015, as part of its commitment to transparency and openness, the World Bank Group launched its Archives Holdings website. This is a state-of-the-art platform, which maximizes the public’s online access to a vast amount of original primary source material in the custody of the Archives. CreatedContinue Reading

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 toContinue 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

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

College Guide Best Bang for the Buck – Northeast Rankings

Via Washington Monthly: “Welcome to the Best Bang for the Buck rankings [402 colleges] from the book The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You. The chart [on the site] shows you which schools in the Northeast are the best value for your money based on “net” (not sticker) price, howContinue Reading

New on LLRX – The Beginning of Information Illiteracy (Part 1 of 5)

Via LLRX.com – The Beginning of Information Illiteracy (Part 1 of 5) – In Part 1 of her 5 part series, Lorette Weldon, Librarian and Adjunct Professor in Developmental Reading, discusses the reasons for and challenges of entering college freshmen who cannot read or write. Her emphasis is on the value of implementing developmental readingContinue Reading

Searching for Computer Science Access and Barriers in U.S. K-12 Education

Google Report, released August 20, 2015 – Searching for Computer Science Access and Barriers in U.S. K-12 Education “Many students, parents and K-12 teachers and administrators in the U.S. highly value computer science education. Parents see computer science education as a good use of school resources and often think it is just as important asContinue Reading

Innovative methods to bring books to kids and promote literacy

Librarians on Bikes Are Delivering Books and WiFi to Kids in “Book Deserts” by Susan Johnston via GOOD: “…In the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Soar with Reading (a project of JetBlue Airlines) installed book vending machines to dispense 100,000 brand-new free books in three locations for kids ages 0-14. Soar with Reading is nowContinue Reading

Voice for science in climate change media coverage

“Climate Feedback brings the expertise of the scientific community into the world of online climate coverage to provide readers and authors with in-situ feedback about the content’s scientific credibility. Climate Feedback is a project born from the reality that we are at a critical moment in history, one in which important decisions about climate changeContinue Reading