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Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Stephanie J. Coakley named Executive Director, Pequot Library, Southport, CT; Toyin Falola serve as Library of Congress Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South; Lisa Rosinsky chosen as Associates of Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Short-List Announced for Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books short-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which are given for the previous year’s best adult fiction and nonfiction books published in the United States. The two medal winners will be revealed at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book […]

Update: What's Going On In Massachusetts?

There's no shortage of activity in Massachusetts, with just under two weeks until the voters decide on whether to expand charter schools. As you can see above, big bunches of local school committees have come out against lifting the cap. Show More Summary

Cartoons: "We Believe In The Concept Of Public Education"

"We believe in the concept of public education." — Alexander (@alexanderrusso) October 25, 2016

User-Designed Libraries | Design4Impact

These days, collecting deep public input before the design phase of a new construction or renovation of a library is de rigueur, with methods ranging from focus groups to community outreach to social media. But a few libraries are taking...Show More Summary

Libraries See Increase In Drug Overdoses

Public libraries are inviting public spaces which can offer both privacy and solitude. Unfortunately, this also makes them the perfect spot for those seeking a place to use illegal drugs. According to the Associated Press, the characteristics...Show More Summary

Pick my brain?

It’s a continual bane of a consultant’s existence that there are people who want to ‘pick your brain’.  It’s really asking for free consulting, and as such, it’s insulting. If you google the phrase, you’ll see how many people have indicated...Show More Summary


Lucy:  My grandson’s Resource Specialist is removing my grandson from the classroom and making him stand outside for at least 10 minutes because he is easily distracted and is not Continue Reading ?

Section 504: UPDATING 504 PLANS

Beth:  Does updating 504 plans require a parent to sign off on the plan -in writing? How often can the district ask for a medical diagnosis from the parents?


Hazel:  Are school psychologists, OT, speech & language specialists required to recommend what a special child specifically needs(autistic) or what IS only available in the district? Should they recommend the Continue Reading ?

NYPL for the Performing Arts Acquires First Hip-Hop Collection

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (LPA) is home to the archives and papers of such dance notables as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Isadora Duncan, and Merce Cunningham. In October, LPA acquired...Show More Summary


Heidi:  How much input does the gen ed teacher have on what accommodations are being included on an IEP? Some modifications take a lot of time and it can become Continue Reading ?

Morning Video: Trump-Clinton Education Showdown From Miami

Much has been written about last week's Great City Schools debate in Miami between Mildred Otero (for Clinton) and Carl Paladino (for Trump). Read all about it below. Or, if you click here you can watch it as it happened. Related Coverage:...Show More Summary

AM News: MA Charter Battle, Unions Helping Clinton, DC Charters Soar

In Bid to Lift Mass. Charter Cap, Pitched Battle Rages - Education Week Union-Member Teachers Put Muscle Behind Clinton Fearing Election Day Trouble, Some US Schools Cancel Classes - ABC News D.C. Show More Summary

Time Lapse: Thousands of Books Get Reshelved Before the Rose Main Reading Room Reopens

Topic: Libraries In preparation for the reopening of the Rose Main Reading Room, watch 52,000 books being just two minutes: From Time Lapse: Thousands of Books Get Reshelved Before the Rose Main Reading Room Reopens - YouTube Tweet

Open Access: It’s All About People!

Everyone is talking about Open Access and Open Science. Scientists and organizations see it as a way to speed up, improve quality, and more effectively reward research activities, while funders and ministries see it as a means to optimize cost of science and leverage innovation. Open Access has been around for more than a decade, […]

The Aim Game

Lots of administrators love to see the aim on the board. I learned this very early. When I first started teaching, I had never heard of an aim. When teachers taught me, they had an aim, I guess, but didn't write it on the board. In NYC, the aim is about the closest thing to a religious doctrine I can think of. Show More Summary

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