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Love or Respect – the Collection Development Dilemma

In theory, we are all professionals and whether we like a particular area of the collection or not, we should be able to do our job of adding new materials and withdrawing those that are no longer of use. However, we're all human. Some things we like better than others. Show More Summary

Chicago Activists Are on Day 11 of a Hunger Strike Over the Closure of This School      

In the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, a dozen parents and community members have gone 11 days without eating to protest the closure of their neighborhood school. In 2012, Chicago Public Schools announced plans to shutter Walter H. Show More Summary

Chris Christie Said He Wants to Punch a Teachers Union in the Face. Get Ready for a Lot of That.

On Sunday, Jake Tapper interviewed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on CNN’s State of the Union and asked the Republican presidential candidate, “At the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?” Without hesitation Christie replies,...Show More Summary

Dewey Decibels: Teens Creating Music at Their Library

Teens at the Long Island Uniondale library create music together and discover that the public library is a great place to hang out.

K-12 Online Conference 2015

Get ready for the 2015 K12 Online Conference: The best FREE video-based professional development you'll never have to pay for! All sessions are asynchronous so you can watch at your leisure.Our 2015 keynote speakers include Don Wettrick @DonWettrick, Alan Levine@cogdog, Stephanie Chang @MakerEdOrg, Scott McLeod @mcleod, andKaren Bosch @karlyb. Show More Summary

No Accountability for UFT Unity

One of the cool things about being in Unity is once you're in, you're in. You have a whole group, a family if you will, that you can depend on. And as long as you are loyal to the family, you'll have a bright future. For example, you might be elected chapter leader, or you might just take the job because no one else wants to do it. Show More Summary

The Benefits of Public Library Foundations

One tried-and-true method to reach benefactors is through library foundations, which can be significant fundraising and marketing tools. In 2013, the Wilmington Trust published a report about public library foundations. The report revealed that 79% of U.S. Show More Summary

Facebook Comments for Research

This is a post about (at least temporary) failure. I should be able to do all this via the Facebook API/SDK but I’m doing something wrong. While I’m learning a decent amount in the land of programming, fundamentally I still suck. With that cathartic self-flagellation out of the way... I’m working with […]

Public Library Advocacy: An Evidence-Based Perspective on Sustainable Funding

A new evidence-based perspective on evaluating the advocacy efforts of public libraries is being developed. By drawing on research from other disciplines and the latest studies on libraries, a set of advocacy best practices is emerging. Show More Summary

The College Question, Again

Oliver Lee, in a post about walking away from his tenure track professorship at Pitt: Once upon a time, in a postwar America starved for middle managers who could file TPS reports, relying on the BA as an assurance of quality, proof of the ability to follow orders and complete tasks, made perfect sense. Show More Summary

The Common Core Guide to the Republican Primary

When first developed by 48 states and the District of Columbia in 2009, the Common Core State Standards appeared to be an innocuous bipartisan effort between the National Governors Association and state school officials that set guidelines on what kids should learn and when they should learn it. Show More Summary

The N-O Man

It was the first week of classes at the University of Iowa, and my school had already called the Threat Assessment Team on me. Actually, on me and the Yes Men, an activist duo who impersonate corporations and other powerful organizations. Show More Summary

When bears gnaw the dead

4 weeks agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Russian Gothic: bears in some northern Russian towns have taken to digging up graveyards, rooting amid coffins, and eating human remains. The linked article opens with a short horror story: From a distance it resembled a rather large man in...

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