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Book review: ‘Bexar BiblioTech: The Evolution of the Country’s First All-digital Public Library’

Via LLRX.com – Book review: ‘Bexar BiblioTech: The Evolution of the Country’s First All-digital Public Library’ – David Rothman describes why the BiblioTech library in Bexar County, Texas is a landmark achievement worthy of implementation and iteration in towns and cities throughout the US. His article describes the success of this variation on a libraryContinue Reading

Federal Student Aid – Financial Responsibility Composite Scores

“Section 498(c) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires for-profit and non-profit institutions to annually submit audited financial statements to the Department to demonstrate they are maintaining the standards of financial responsibility necessary to participate in the Title IV programs [158 private college colleges failed]. One of many standards, which the DepartmentContinue Reading

Is Your School Spending Less Than Your Neighbor’s?

NY Fed – Is Your School Spending Less Than Your Neighbor’s? Ravi Bhalla and Rajashri Chakrabarti , March 6, 2015. “This morning, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released a set of interactive visuals that present school spending and its various components—such as instructional spending, instructional support, leadership support, and building services spending—across allContinue Reading

A bibliometric mapping of open educational resources

A bibliometric mapping of open educational resources, Airton Zancanaro, José Leomar Todesco, Fernando Ramos, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) Vol. 16, No. 1 (2015) “Open educational resources (OER) is a topic that has aroused increasing interest by researchers as a powerful contribution to improve the educational system quality andContinue Reading

International Student Mobility Trends 2015: An Economic Perspective

Ortiz, Alejandro and Chang, Li and Yuanyuan (Rebecca) Fang, International Student Mobility Trends 2015: An Economic Perspective (February 2, 2015). World Education News & Reviews, February 2015. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2571491 “International students contributed almost $27 billion dollars to the U.S. economy in 2014. The growth has been driven largely by students fromContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Central America, Disaster Relief, Elections, Food Safety, Indian Affairs, Rural Water, Transportation Safety

Central America: Information on Migration of Unaccompanied Children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, GAO-15-362: Published: Feb 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2015. Disaster Relief: Agencies Need to Improve Policies and Procedures for Estimating Improper Payments, GAO-15-209: Published: Feb 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2015. Elections: Issues Related to State Voter Identification LawsContinue Reading

First in Freedom Index

John Locke Foundation Report – “Overall, North Carolina ranks 23rd in the nation and 5th among the 12 states of the Southeast. Florida holds the #1 slot on the FFI, followed by Arizona, Indiana, South Dakota, and Georgia. The least-free state is New York, which is joined in the bottom five by New Jersey, California,Continue Reading

Supporting Immigrant Integration in Europe – What Role for Origin Countries’ Subnational Authorities?

Migration Policy Institute: “The substantial role that subnational authorities in EU Member States play in the governance of migrant integration is widely recognized. Regional and local authorities in Member States have control over the implementation and delivery of a wide array of integration-related services. However, while much is known about integration at the subnational levelContinue Reading

Locate the closest Taxpayer Assistance Center

Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers: “The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation withContinue Reading

22 ideas win Knight News Challenge: Libraries

Knight Foundation Blog – Chris Barr – January 15, 2015: In September we launched the 12th Knight News Challenge, on libraries, asking the question, “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Today we’re announcing 22 winners of that challenge, awarding the recipients a share of $3 million for theirContinue Reading

Monetary spillovers? Boom and bust? Currency wars? The international monetary system strikes back

Monetary spillovers? Boom and bust? Currency wars? The international monetary system strikes back speech by Fabrizio Saccomanni, BIS Special Governors’ Meeting. Manila, 6 February 2015. “In recent years, the global financial system has witnessed several episodes of instability due to the external repercussions of monetary policy measures by major countries, the development of financial cycles characterisedContinue Reading

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

National Geographic – March 2015: “We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from the safety of fluoride and vaccines to the reality of climate change—faces organized and often furious opposition. Empowered by their own sources of information and their own interpretations of research, doubters have declared war on the consensus of experts.Continue Reading