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Master List of Competencies for Information Professionals

The website Librarianship.ca has compiled a list of Competencies for Information Professionals developed by associations and other professional bodies.The list breaks down into the following categories: General Academic Librarianship...Show More Summary

News Briefs for May 1, 2017

BiblioCommons to partner with Bullfrog Power, State Library of Ohio and the University of Iowa Libraries are the newest FIPNet Preservation Steward Libraries, Saul Bellow’s papers will go to the University of Chicago Library; and more News in Brief from the May 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Gifts of This Hour | Office Hours

What do I listen to now? More than a few folks shared this sentiment online in the days following the release of “S-Town,” a podcast hosted by Brian Reed and created by the producers of “Serial” and “This American Life.” It topped ten million–plus downloads within four days of release. Show More Summary

Massachusetts Teachers Association Snubs Teacher of the Year

The Massachusetts Teachers Association held its annual meeting last weekend. You can go here and read about all the things the union did, including presenting awards to people who supported MTA’s successful campaign to limit the number of charter schools. Show More Summary

AM News: NYC Diversity, Annual Preschool Report, DeVos Presents Wish List

NYC middle schools, pre-Ks meet diversity targets -- and more high schools join initiative to spur integration chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/… NYS Assembly Gives De Blasio 2 More Years, But Senate Demands More Data on School Spending the74million.org/article/mayora...Show More Summary

Judging school success by test scores. And only test scores.

John Merrow said: Apparently it’s pretty simple for the folks administering the Broad Prize in Urban Education: Successful School Reform boils down to higher test scores. There is no public sign that anyone at the Foundation is questioning whether living and dying by test scores is a sensible pedagogy that benefits students. There is no public […]

Mad clown crime in Colorado

A man dressed as a clown attacked another man in Denver, Colorado. The story reads like a cross between superhero comics and Gothic horror: Witnesses told police that the suspect, wearing white clown makeup accented with black streaks on the...

Maintaining Innovation

“Innovation” might be the most used word to frame the current narrative of change in education. It’s been used to drive the use of technology but also as my friend George done, used to change mindsets. It’s difficult to argue against...Show More Summary

Recording Available for Webinar on New Open Access Repository LawArXiv

This is a follow-up to the Library Boy posting of April 18, 2017 called Legal Information Preservation Alliance Webinar on Open Access Law Repositories.It described a webinar about LaxArxiv, a new open access site for legal scholarship...Show More Summary

Obama Center Garners Praise, Concerns Over Local Impact

On May 3, Barack and Michelle Obama joined a crowd of approximately 300 Chicago community leaders at an invite-only forum to unveil renderings for the OPC and answer questions. "It's not just a building. It's not just a park,” the former president told the assembled crowd. “Hopefully it's a hub where all of us can see a brighter future for the South Side."

Michele Kimpton Named Interim Executive Director at DPLA

From the Digital Public Library of America: As part of DPLA’s ongoing transition to a new executive director, the Board of Directors has named Michele Kimpton the interim executive director until a new executive director is hired. Kimpton is currently the Business Development Director and Senior Strategist at DPLA, and has been working on sustainability models, an ebook […]

Ex Libris President, Matti Shem Tov, Named New CEO of ProQuest

Here’s the full text of today’s change of leadership announcement that we just received: Matti Shem Tov, President of Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, will succeed Kurt Sanford as CEO of ProQuest in 2017. ProQuest’s success under Mr. Sanford’s direction and the development of a strong leadership team set the stage for Mr. Shem Tov to […]

President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Cuts Nearly All Funding for IMLS, NEA, CPB, Others

While not a surprise, we’re nevertheless sad and upset to report that the just released FY2018 Budget of the United submitted to Congress today by President Trump eliminates nearly all of   funding for  IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The few […]

NEA Plans No Major Changes to Resolutions

The new charter school policy statement should be enough for the delegates to the National Education Association’s representative assembly to chew on this July. Perhaps as a result, few changes to the union’s resolutions were submitted this year. Show More Summary

Testing Two Canon Cameras – a Review

I’ve had my newest camera for awhile now, so I thought it would be fun to compare it to an older camera of mine. So here’s a video comparing the video and audio quality of two Canon Powershot point and shoot cameras: Canon Powershot GX7 Mark II (my newest camera!) Canon Powershot SD780 IS (my […]

Student Perception Survey 2017

1. How high do you jump up and down every time you go to this teacher's class?a. very high b. high c. somewhat high d. a little bit e. I don't jump at all. The teacher sucks.2. What do you say when you raise your hand in this class?a. Show More Summary

AM: DeVos Speech, Budget Proposal, Success Expansion, Zuckerberg's School Visit

DeVos promises ‘the most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation’s history’ — but offers no details washingtonpost.com/local/educatio DeVos: School choice should expand, but not from Washington D.C. usat.ly/2rbDdaA viaShow More Summary

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