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Outsourcing of US Public Libraries Increases – Transparency and Jobs Decline

Bloomberg, James Nash – As U.S. Libraries Are Outsourced, Readers See Public Trust Erode – “A Maryland company that runs public libraries has more than doubled in size in the past decade as governments seek savings. Bibliophile residents complain that an investment in knowledge and culture is being milked for profit. Library Systems & Services LLC is running into opposition as it seeks to add the 24 libraries in Kern County, California, to its portfolio of 82 in six states, allowing the county to shed a unionized workforce of 118. The county north of Los Angeles would be the largest addition for LSSI since the firm, which is owned by Wayne, Pennsylvania-based Argosy Capital Group Inc., got into the book business in 1997…Today, LSSI is the fourth-largest library operator in the U.S., after public systems in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles County. LSSI has added more than 20 in the past five years, but the trajectory hasn’t been constant. San Juan, Texas; Linden, New Jersey; and Fargo, North Dakota, have severed their relationship over complaints about the company’s tacking on costs and paying bills late, according to press accounts. In San Juan, city commissioners said the company wanted to charge an excessive amount to add Sunday hours, teen programming and more books, without disclosing its profit margin…”

Encyclopedia of Life – Global access to knowledge about life on Earth

What is EOL? – Information and pictures of all species known to science – “Our knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth – of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria – is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. Imagine what it would mean ifContinue Reading

UN Environment Program – The Financial System We Need

Inquiry – Design of a Sustainable Financial System – Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development – the UNEP Inquiry Report, October 2015. “Achieving sustainable development requires investment in an inclusive, green economy. Today, mismatches between what is financed and what needs financing contributes to continued environmental deterioration of natural capital and insufficient investment inContinue Reading

Supreme Court Appointment Process: Senate Debate and Confirmation Vote

CRS – Supreme Court Appointment Process: Senate Debate and Confirmation Vote. Barry J. McMillion, Analyst on the Federal Judiciary, October 19, 2015. “The procedure for appointing a Justice to the Supreme Court is provided for in the U.S. Constitution in only a few words. The “Appointments Clause” in the Constitution (Article II, Section 2, clauseContinue Reading

Stress Testing Corporate Balance Sheets in Emerging Economies

IMF – Julian T. S. Chow – September 30, 2015 – Working Paper No. 15/216 “In recent years, firms in emerging market countries have increased borrowing, particularly in foreign currency, owing to easy access to global capital markets, prolonged low interest rates and good investment opportunities. This paper discusses the trends in emerging market corporateContinue Reading

AAU Campus Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct

Association of American Universities – Full Report; Executive Summary; Press Release; Fact Sheet; Survey Instrument; FAQ “The primary goal of the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct was to provide participating institutions of higher education with information to inform policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault and misconduct. The survey wasContinue 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

Census reports on Living Arrangements of Adults

“A new table looks at the living arrangements of the adult population 18 years and older. Table AD-3 describes the living arrangements of people in the United States by age and sex since 1967.

EIA Country Analysis Brief – Iran

“Iran holds the world’s fourth-largest proved crude oil reserves and the world’s second-largest natural gas reserves. Despite the country’s abundant reserves, Iran’s crude oil production has substantially declined, and natural gas production growth has been slower than expected over the past few years. International sanctions have profoundly affected Iran’s energy sector and have prompted aContinue Reading

Deepwater Horizon oil spill contributed to high number of Gulf dolphin deaths

NOAA – As part of an unusual mortality event investigation, a team of scientists has discovered that dead bottlenose dolphins stranded in the northern Gulf of Mexico since the start of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have lung and adrenal lesions consistent with petroleum product exposure according to a paper published today in the peer-reviewedContinue Reading

Physics in 100 Years

Physics in 100 Years, Frank Wilczek (Submitted on 26 Mar 2015) “Here I indulge in wide-ranging speculations on the shape of physics, and technology closely related to physics, over the next one hundred years. Themes include the many faces of unification, the re-imagining of quantum theory, and new forms of engineering on small, intermediate, andContinue Reading

World Bank – Global Findex 2014 – bonanza of data on financial inclusion

“Today we launch our report The Global Findex Database 2014: Measuring Financial Inclusion around the World and The 2014 Global Findex database, an updated edition of what is by far the world’s most comprehensive gauge of global progress on financial inclusion. You may also find the database on the Development Data Group’s Data Catalog.” Policy Research Working PaperContinue Reading