March 23, 2018

Reference: New Updates Available at the Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger

From UNESCO: UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger intends to raise awareness about language endangerment as a global problem, and to help mobilize speakers and community members to develop grass-roots initiatives to revitalize their respective languages, through cultural, educational, media or other supports. Thirty-seven languages were updated in the first months of 2015. […]

Florida: “School Libraries: Closed For Business, Open For Testing”

From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Dchool libraries are increasingly shutting their doors, turning instead into testing hubs as their books sit idle on the shelves, educators say. One in four schools in Palm Beach County that reported their library closures this year were shut down for 40 days or more, records show. Students attend class […]

New Data: Statistics: “Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2014″

Released online today by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. From a Summary: The report draws from an array of sources to present statistics on crime and safety at schools and on college campuses using data collected from students, teachers, principals, and postsecondary institutions. The report covers topics such […]

U.S. Senate Approves Amendment to Support School Libraries With 98-0 Vote

UPDATE July 9 2015 At the bottom of this post we’ve added a transcript of Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) and Senator Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) statements (via Congressional Record) on the Senate floor encouraging a yes vote on the amendment. The statements were made immediately preceding the vote. From The Washington Post: Senators began work in […]

New Harris Poll Shows “Adults Are More Likely To Believe There Are Books That Should Be Banned Than Movies, Television Shows, or Video Games”

From The Harris Poll: In just four years, the percentage of Americans who believe there are any books that should be banned has increased by more than half: 28% believe this to be the case today, vs. 18% in 2011.  One-fourth (24%) are unsure, which leaves nearly half of Americans convinced that no books should […]

The Open Library of Humanities Awarded Three-Year $774,000 Mellon Grant

Note: This is the second grant from Mellon to the Open Library of Humanities. The first grant was announced during April 2014. From U. of London: Birkbeck, University of London has been awarded a three-year grant of $741,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to cement and expand a new model for open-access publishing in […]

Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Releases Taxonomy For Educational Materials

Ed. Note: BISAC Subject Headings also from BISG and mentioned below are primarily used in the book industry. However, we’ve posted and read about their use in both public and school libraries. On a related note, about six weeks ago we posted about the launch of a Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT) pilot […]

New Data/Data Files: How Do Americans Spend Their Time? 2014 American Time Use Survey Released

The data tables noted in the highlights below can be accessed here. Additional data files including data from previous American Time Survey’s q3 From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: In 2014, on days they worked, 23 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at home, and 85 percent did some or […]

The Most Accessed Volumes in the HathiTrust Database (May 2015)

The following table appears in the June 2015 issue of the the HathiTrust June 2015 Update. Title Crosses in the Wind, by Joseph James Shomon. War in New Guinea, Official War Photographs of the Battle for Australia. The History of Royal College (formerly called the Colombo Academy), Written by Boys in the School, 1931. Solid […]

New Data: “Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2012″

From the National Center for Education Statistics: This report updates a series of NCES reports on high school dropout and completion rates that began in 1988. The report draws on an array of nationally representative surveys and administrative datasets to present statistics on high school dropout and completion rates. The report includes national estimates of […]