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Monthly Archives: June 2013

New on LLRX – Now how about a national digital library endowment?

Via LLRX.comObama speech and PTA-Amazon alliance validate LibraryCity’s K-12 priorities: Now how about a national digital library endowment?

  • David Rothman continues to expand upon the seminal foundation he has built with his critical advocacy for American libraries to do more to meet the digital content needs not just of K-12 students but also of their parents and other Americans.

New on LLRX – Resolutions calling for a National Digital Library Endowment

Via –A to-do for the American Library Association and local and state governments: Resolutions calling for a National Digital Library Endowment David Rothman’s proposed FAQ includes suggested wording for an ALA resolution on the National Digital Library Endowment. His focus is less on the exact language at this point and more on the basic… Continue Reading

EC – Stricter rules for credit rating agencies to enter into force

News release: “As of 20 June, credit rating agencies (CRAs) will have to follow stricter rules which will make them more accountable for their actions. The new rules also aim to reduce over-reliance on credit ratings while at the same time improving the quality of the rating process. Credit rating agencies will have to be… Continue Reading

Report – Financial Security of Elderly Americans at Risk

Majority of elderly blacks and Hispanics are on the cusp of poverty, a new EPI report finds – June 6, 2013 “The majority of elderly blacks and Hispanics are economically vulnerable, at 63.5 percent and 70.1, respectively, a new Economic Policy Institute briefing paper finds. In Financial security of elderly Americans at risk: Proposed changes to… Continue Reading

Health spending continues to stagnate, says OECD

“After falling sharply in 2010, health spending remained flat across OECD countries in 2011 as the economic crisis continued to have an impact, particularly in those European countries hardest hit by the crisis, according to OECD Health Data 2013. While health spending grew on average by close to 5% year-on-year from 2000 to 2009, this… Continue Reading

Unemployed Workers Still Far Outnumber Job Openings in Every Major Sector

“The April Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) released [June 11, 2013] by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job openings fell by 118,000 in April to 3.8 million. Job openings have seen very little improvement over the last year and remain very depressed. In 2007, there were 4.5 million job openings each month, so… Continue Reading

Growing Green – The Economic Benefits of Climate Action

World Bank – “The three new reports identify the local and immediate benefits of climate action.  They identify what countries in Europe and Central Asia should be doing, and how they can best do it: Growing Green: the Economic Benefits of Climate Action identifies energy efficiency, cleaner energy, and natural resource management as the main… Continue Reading

NY Fed: Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs?

William C. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer / Briefing – June 27, 2013: “Job loss rates have fallen, but hiring rates remain depressed at low levels.  Taken together, the labor market still cannot be regarded as healthy.  Numerous indicators, including the behavior of labor compensation and household assessments of labor market conditions, are all… Continue Reading

College Affordability and Transparency Report

U.S. Department of Education: “Which colleges have the highest and lowest tuition and net prices? Use the options below to generate a report on the highest (top 5%) and lowest (bottom 10%) academic year charges for each sector. Tuition reports include tuition and required fees. Net price is cost of attendance minus grant and scholarship… Continue Reading

World Database of Happiness – Archive of research findings on subjective enjoyment of life

World Database of Happiness Archive of research findings on subjective enjoyment of life Directed by: Ruut Veenhoven,  Erasmus University Rotterdam, Happiness Economics Research Organization “Structure of the collections – The World Database of Happiness is an archive of research findings on subjective enjoyment of life. It brings together findings that are scattered throughout many studies… Continue Reading

NYT- A Revamped Roosevelt Library and Museum

Edward Rothstein – “So, of course, continuous homage is being paid by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum to its founder as it unveils a new permanent exhibition here on Sunday. Its director, Lynn A. Bassanese, points out that the exhibition represents the first major rethinking of President Roosevelt’s life and career in… Continue Reading

Founder of nonprofit Internet Archive permitted to talk about receiving a national-security letter

What It’s Like to Get a National-Security Letter by Maria Bustillos “Brewster Kahle, the founder of the nonprofit Internet Archive, perhaps the greatest of our digital libraries, and of the Wayback Machine, which allows you to browse an archive of the Web that reaches back to 1996. He is one of very few people in… Continue Reading