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More ruins of American amusement parks

Here's a lovely, melancholy set of photographs of American amusement parks in ruins. Seph Lawless has a keen eye for fallen construction: He also appreciates the melancholy of circuses, a la Bradbury: Lawless also finds the - what the hell,...

English Law Commission Report on Public Nuisance and Outraging Public Decency

The Law Commission of England today published its report on Simplification of Criminal Law: Public Nuisance and Outraging Public Decency.It follows a consultation paper published in 2010.Public nuisance is a common law offence involving environmental danger or loss of amenity or offensive public behaviour. Show More Summary

Statistics Canada Article on Drug-Related Offences

The Statistics Canada publication Juristat today published an article on Drug-related offences in Canada, 2013.Highlights from the article: Since peaking in 1991, the police-reported crime rate has decreased by half (-50%), while the police-reported rate of drug offences has increased 52% over the same period. Show More Summary

From Come-Do to How-To

MakerSpace. CreateSpace. Incubator. All are the latest buzzwords in our profession, in our journals, at our conventions, and in our blogs. They stimulate us to transform our traditional library space into one where we invite our community to come to the library to experience invention, innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving. Show More Summary

Spooking a house and family in New Jersey

New Jersey Gothic: in Westfield, the same suburb where Charles Addams was born (!), a family has been receiving scary notes. The notes' author or authors identify themself/ves as "the Watcher." Telling the new buyers that the property “has been...

Vermont NEA Recommends Sanders for President

Vermont NEA announced its support for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination for president. Martha Allen, the union’s president, said “the time has come for his vision to become a national reality.” An early endorsement by an NEA state affiliate is not that unusual. Vermont NEA recommended Howard Dean back in 2003, and a […]

Growing a Digital Data Archive @evernote @googledrive #eportfolios #iplza15 #edtech

Hard to believe, but last summer, a colleague asked me to craft a proposal for a "digital data archive," exploring the various options. I did but then promptly forgot about it when the school decided to not pursue it. In chatting with a friend at iPadpalooza 15, I remembered that I had done this and had not shared it. Show More Summary

Magazines: A New Policy Solutions Site To Consider

There's a cool-seeming and newish "policy innovation" blog over at The Washington Monthly called Republic 3.0 that you might want to check out (or pitch). While not education-focused, it's got some education content: Education reform's final chapter. Show More Summary

For ALA 2015: Three Free OPAC Enhancements

For a limited time, LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL) is offering three of its signature enhancements for free! There are no strings attached. We want people to see how LibraryThing for Libraries can improve your catalog. Check Library. The Check Library button is a “bookmarklet” that allows patrons to check if your library has a book […]

MyNotes: PinIt - Transforming Social Media Networks into ProfLearning Tools #iplza15 #teachertips @jspille

This session, Pin It: Transforming Social Media Networks into Professional Learning Tools, with Jesse Thompson and Lee Valenti (@hi5teaching) at iPadpalooza. Special thanks to Jennifer Spille (@jspille) for dragging me along to thisShow More Summary

EBSCO and Ex Libris Announce Collaboration Agreement

From Today’s Joint Announcement: Ex Libris and EBSCO Information Systems  are pleased to announce an agreement to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost platform. Show More Summary

Thompson: A Different Take On The NYT's Common Core Coverage

I'm not about to reverse myself again and support Common Core, but my reaction to Kate Taylor's English Class in Common Core Era: "Tom Sawyer" and Court Opinions is somewhat different than that of many educators who I highly respect....Show More Summary

Candlelight Vigil in Support of Southside Lawsuit Against SCS Closure

Support communities determined to keep their schools open. Please share and be there.

TBT: In 2009, Jeb Bush Proposed Unbundling College Tuition

Here's a fun #TBT item from The Atlantic's Derek Thompson in 2009 titled 10 Crazy Ideas for Fixing Our Education System. Most of them haven't happened (yet), but versions of several of them are still being discussed: 1) Eliminate summer vacation. Show More Summary

ALA Sends Letter to President Obama Urging Him to Select a Librarian as Next Librarian of Congress

We were very happy to read the letter (we’ve posted it below) from ALA President Courtney Young to President Obama urging him to select a professional librarian as the next Librarian of Congress. There are many highly qualified librarian candidates that have all of the required skills required to lead LC. As we recently pointed […]

San Jose Public Library to Expand to Six-Day Schedule July 11

From the San Jose Mercury News: All 22 San Jose Public Library branches, including the Berryessa branch, will be open six days per week beginning Saturday, July 11. [Clip] In April, San Jose City Council approved Mayor Sam Liccardo’s proposal for restoring the six-day schedule. Since then, the library has been recruiting staff and making […]

LibraryThing Posts Sneak Peek of TinyCat, a New Online Catalog for “Tiny” Libraries

A new post on the LibraryThing blog provides a sneak peek at TinyCat, a new online catalog that Tim, Abby, and the rest of the LibraryThing team are formally releasing at ALA TinyCat is designed for “tiny” libraries (collections of less than 10,000 titles) while LibraryThing for Libraries is marketed to public and academic libraries. […]

Fine Art: Boston Public Library Releases Findings in Year-Long Review of the BPL Print Collection

From the Boston Public Library: Today, the Boston Public Library announced the results of the Print Department Report, a BPL commissioned year-long external review of the BPL Print Collection. Launched in June 2014 and conducted by Simmons College Professor Dr. Martha Mahard, the four-volume report evaluates inventory control and the current physical arrangement of the […]

MyNotes: 21st Century Leader #iplza15

Presentation by Mr. Albert Canales, Mr. Jacob Camacho, and Ms. Kristine Garza on 21st Century Leader session at iPadpalooza 2015. Check out materials online at https://www.smore.com/hce38 Listen to Audio(listen to this because my notes...Show More Summary

Jersey Jazzman: There Is No "Choice" For ALL Urban Parents

Jersey Jazzman: There Is No "Choice" For ALL Urban Parents: The charter school industry has always been very good at marketing its brand. And, like any sellers of a product, its most powerful marketin...

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