December 16, 2017

Study: “Teens Google Away for Health Info

From eMarketer: In March 2015 polling by GfK for Northwestern University, 25% of US teen internet users said they obtained “a lot” of health information via the internet. While this trailed human sources including No. 1 parents (55%), school health classes (32%) and doctors and nurses (29%), it was more popular than all other media […]

History: “Seven Sisters Partners Launch New Archives Project: College Women”

From the Seven Sisters Project News Release With the support of a one-year Foundations planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the seven women’s colleges once known as the “Seven Sisters” launch College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education. College Women brings together—for the first time online—digitized letters, diaries, scrapbooks […]

Educational Publishing: Rosen Publishing Buys Jackdaw Publications

From a Rosen Publishing Statement: Rosen Publishing, one of the leading publishers of print and digital materials for the school library, classroom, and public library markets, today announced it had signed a deal to acquire the assets of Jackdaw Publications, a DBA of Golden Owl Publishing, Inc., located in Amawalk, NY. Jackdaw Publications is the […]

Smithsonian Releases More Than 4 Million Historic Freedmen’s Bureau Records Online, Crowdsourcing Project Begins

From the Smithsonian Institution: On the 150th anniversary of “Juneteenth” (June 19), the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and FamilySearch announced the digital release of 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records. In addition, a nationwide effort seeking […]

Boston Public Library Appoints David Leonard, Interim Library President & John Hailer, Interim Board Chair

From the Boston Public Library: Today, the Boston Public Library (BPL) Board of Trustees voted to appoint David Leonard, the current Director of Administration and Technology at the Boston Public Library, to the position of Interim President of the BPL. Leonard joined the Library as Chief Technology Officer in July of 2009 and will step […]

Digital Divide: Two U.S. Senators Introduce “Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015″

UPDATE: ALA President Courtney Young has commented about the introduction of the legislation. We’ve posted the full text of her statement at the bottom of this post. From Today’s Joint Announcement: Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015, major legislation that would support […]

Reference: Americans Donated an Estimated $358.38 Billion to Charity in 2014

From the Lily School of Philanthropy and the Giving Institute: Americans gave an estimated $358.38 billion to charity in 2014, surpassing the peak last seen before the Great Recession, according to the 60th anniversary edition of Giving USA released today. That total slightly exceeded the benchmark year of 2007, when giving hit an estimated inflation-adjusted […]

EJSCREEN: A New Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool From the EPA

From the EPA Connect Blog: Too often, America’s low-income and minority communities bear the brunt of our country’s pollution. These environmental and public health threats make it harder for kids with asthma to learn in school, and for people impacted from pollution to lead active and healthy lives. There are many ways EPA is working […]

National Making Week Underway, White House Releases Fact Sheet on “Nation of Makers” Initiative

From The White House: The President is proclaiming a National Week of Making and the Administration is announcing important progress on the Nation of Makers initiative: More than 150 K-12 and higher education leaders, representing more than 4 million students, are committing to an all-hands-on-deck effort to broaden participation in making, tinkering, and invention, with […]

From Michigan to California: UC Berkeley Names Jeffrey MacKie-Mason University Librarian

From UC Berkeley: Jeffrey MacKie-Mason — a scholar with expertise in human interaction with online information, economics and public policy, along with administrative experience in higher education — has been named UC Berkeley’s University Librarian. MacKie-Mason comes to Berkeley from the University of Michigan, where he has served as dean of the School of Information […]