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U.S.: Georgia illegally segregating students with disabilities in inferior buildings with inadequate instruction

(Update: Comment from Georgia Attorney General’s office) The U.S. Justice Department is accusing the state of Georgia of segregating thousands of students with behavior-based disabilities from their peers in inferior buildings that formerly served as schools for black students back in the years of legal segregation. Show More Summary

July 2015 Issue of Connected Bulletin on Courts and Social Media

The July 2015 issue of Connected is available online. The bulletin covers news about the impact of new social media on courts.The bulletin is published by the Virginia-based National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the ConferenceShow More Summary

UK: “Libraries Taskforce Secures Further Funding To Roll Out Free Wifi in Public Libraries Across England”

From the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport Arts Council England announces £7.1million [$11.08 million/USD]to ensure all public libraries in England will offer free wifi access by March 2016. Libraries currently without free wifi access will be given priority and libraries that currently have wifi provision below the recommended technical specification will also have […]

New Video: Creating a 3D Model of the 1903 Wright Flyer at the Smithsonian Institution; Access 3D Model Online

A new background video from the Smithsonian Institution’s Digitization Program Office. The 3D model of the 1903 Wright Flyer (seen in the video) can be accessed and manipulated here. About the Video Learn how 3D technologies were used to digitally document the 1903 Wight Flyer in amazing detail for education, outreach, and research See Also: […]

Digital Humanities: Emory Digital Scholarship Center Launches Belfast Group Poetry Networks Interactive Resource

The following resource went live earlier this month and includes a number of data visualization tools. From Emory University in Atlanta: A new website called Belfast Group Poetry Networks will make it easier to understand the connections between Irish writers, particularly members of the mid-1960s Belfast Group, using open-source software created by the Emory Center […]

The British Library and National Library of Israel Announce Partnership to Digitize Hebrew Manuscripts

From a  Joint Announcement: As part of the National Library of Israel’s International Digital Library of Hebrew Manuscripts initiative, the National Library of Israel (Jerusalem) and the British Library (London) are pleased to announce...Show More Summary

Bexar County, Texas: New Bibliotech (All Digital Library) Opens in San Antonio Public Housing Project

From UTSA: The Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech is open for business. County Judge Nelson Wolff, the Honorable Julián Castro and other dignitaries cut the ribbon Saturday on the newest branch of Bexar County’s ground-breaking digital library system, named in honor of UTSA President Ricardo Romo. The Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech, located in the Gardens of […]

Florida: Gia Arbogast Appointed as New Director for the Miami?Dade Public Library System

From the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) The Miami?Dade Public Library System is proud to announce that Gia Arbogast has been appointed as the new Director for the Library Department. Ms. Arbogast brings to this position more than 20 years of administrative and operational experience. [Clip] As Director she will be responsible for a County […]

Blood versus cemetery: Texas Gothic

A small Texan town displayed a touch of that state's flair for the Gothic, when some Farmersville citizens threatened to drown a cemetery in blood. This wasn't just any cemetery, but one local Muslims would run and staff. And not...

Save Tales To Terrify

Tales To Terrify is one of the best horror podcasts out there. Ever since they launched in January 2012 hosts Larry Santoro (RIP) and Stephen Kilpatrick have produced 183 shows. The content includes classic horror and current tales, ranging from...

The future of libraries?

I had lunch recently with Paul Signorelli, who’s active in helping libraries with digital literacy, and during the conversation he talked about his vision of the future of the library. What I heard was a vision of libraries moving beyond content to be about learning, and this had several facets I found thought-provoking. Now, as context, I’ve always […]

The Wired Library – The User Experience

When we say "user experience" we are talking about something that can be measured. While user experience designers are motivated to make awesome things an decrease worldsuck, library stakeholders may not always understand the motivation behind user-driven decisions. Show More Summary

The Future of Library Services for and with Teens

As you look around libraryland, you’ll see quite a bit about 21st century libraries, services, and 21st century literacies. In 2014, after a yearlong forum, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released the report, The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action, which specifically addresses 21st century teens and their needs.[1]

Can I Bring My Gun to the Library?

Keeping up with the changing landscape of gun control in all fifty states.

Rick Hess Recants Common Core...or does he?

By Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education! July 29, 2015 Rick Hess, the resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the right-wing American Policy Institute, has an article in the Fall 2014 issue of National Affairs: “ How the Common Core Went Wrong ”. Show More Summary

The Real Story Behind Mike Pence’s Charter School Speech

by Doug Martin at Hoosier School Heist Blog In an address to a large crowd yesterday at the Westin Hotel, Mike Pence announced that 22 new charter schools will open in Indiana in the next three years. Pence spoke at a conference sponsored by Charter Schools USA, a Florida-based company ran by longtime Bush family friend Jon Hage. Show More Summary

Mailman's plea for books gets worldwide response

Topic: Literacy Mailman's plea for books gets worldwide response Utah boy was sifting through junk mail for something to readhttp://www.ketv.com/national/mailmans-plea-for-books-gets-worldwide-response/34388638 A postal carrier has delivered more than the mail to a Sandy, Utah boy. Show More Summary

Former Union Officers Revolt Against NEA Trusteeship in Alabama

After months of silence and a media blackout, the trusteeship NEA placed upon the Alabama Education Association erupted into public view in a big way. A group of former AEA officers and staff calling itself The Steering Committee sent a memo to NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia demanding an end to the NEA “takeover.” Noting that […]

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