December 12, 2017

From OMB Watch: "Libraries Can Connect the Public to Open Government"

From a New OMB Watch Article: In recent years, government has increasingly embraced the proactive disclosure of information and created online tools to increase transparency. But how do Americans discover that information? Who helps them learn how to use complex government databases and tools? The answer may be a surprisingly familiar one: libraries. Libraries have […]

ARL Releases Statement on Recent USGPO Decisions Concerning the FDLP

From an ARL Announcement: The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released a statement calling upon the US Government Printing Office (GPO) to reverse its recent, troubling decisions concerning the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). ARL asked that GPO approve the University of Minnesota Libraries as the regional for the State of Michigan once it is […]

New Statistical Report: How U.S. Education System Compares with Education Systems in Other G-8 Countries

From the National Center for Education Statistics: This 2011 edition of a biennial series of compendia reports describes key education outcomes and contexts of education in the Group of Eight (G-8) countries—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The report is organized into five topical areas: population […]

Paper — Six Provocations for Big Data

Six Provocations for Big Data The era of Big Data has begun. Computer scientists, physicists, economists, mathematicians, political scientists, bio-informaticists, sociologists, and many others are clamoring for access to the massive quantities of information produced by and about people, things, and their interactions. Diverse groups argue about the potential benefits and costs of analyzing information […]

New Statistical Report From NCES Examines Undergraduates' Participation in Distance Education

New from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): Learning at a Distance: Undergraduate Enrollment in Distance Education Courses and Degree Programs (22 pages; PDF) Between 2000 and 2008, the percentage of undergraduates enrolled in at least one distance education class increased from 8 percent to 20 percent. This Statistics in Brief explores undergraduates’ enrollment […]

Princeton U. Adopts Open-Access Policy

Princeton U. Adopts Open-Access Policy The movement to make research freely available got a high-profile boost this week with the news that Princeton University’s faculty has unanimously adopted (PDF) an open-access policy. “The principle of open access is consistent with the fundamental purposes of scholarship,” said the faculty advisory committee that proposed the resolution. The […]

Online Civil War Era National Cemeteries Travel Itinerary Launched by the National Park Service

Online Civil War Era National Cemeteries Travel Itinerary Launched by the National Park Service Established out of necessity during the Civil War, national cemeteries have evolved from simple burial grounds to national memorials honoring all those who serve. A new online Civil War Era National Cemeteries travel itinerary,developed by the National Park Service and the […]

ALA President: "Banned Books Week Reminds Us That Censorship Is Alive and Well in the Internet Age "

From a Column by ALA President Molly Rapahel in the Huntington Post: Let’s remember that public libraries and public school libraries are for all the people in the community, and that every community embraces a tapestry of beliefs, lifestyles, and values, from gay to straight, from liberal to conservative, rich and poor, and everywhere in […]

USDA Forest Service launches expanded Fall Colors 2011 website

USDA Forest Service launches expanded Fall Colors 2011 website Fall Colors 2011 is underway with the U.S. Forest Service leading the charge to urge people to get outdoors, spend time in rural communities, and enjoy one of nature’s most spectacular seasons. “Fall is a special time when nature’s work transforms our landscapes into a natural patchwork […]

Reference: NCES Releases Projections of Education Statistics to 2020

New from the National Center for Education Statistics Full Text Report: Projections of Education Statistics to 2020 This publication provides projections for key education statistics. It includes statistics on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools, and enrollment and earned degrees conferred expenditures of degree-granting institutions. For the Nation, the tables, figures, […]