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Financial Literacy Workshop
Sheryl Oberle and Diana McDonald will be presenting a Financial Literacy workshop on Thursday, May 24 at 9:30 for ALS librarians and staff.
The workshop will be held in the computer lab at Hedberg Public Library.
This workshop is the first of three to be held in 2012. The first workshop will be an introduction to classes that will be held in your libraries for the LSTA grant "Arrowhead Library System Promotes Health, Financial & "Green" Literacy." Sheryl and Diane are developing a curriculum and handouts for these classes. Staff training is an integral part of this grant, with the intent that staff will feel comfortable assisting patrons who are searching for information on financial literacy.
You can register with Martha Aasen by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling 758-6690.
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World Book Night
Edgerton Public Library participated in World Book Night and gave
away 20 copies of the book Zeitoun by Dave Eggers in just 45 minutes.
Arrowhead Library System Director Ruth Ann Montgomery attended the
National Convening of Project Compass, April 25-26, in Arlington, VA.
Project Compass was launched through two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), WebJunction and the State Library of North Carolina
(SLNC) in support of public libraries’ efforts to meet the urgent and growing needs of communities impacted by the economic downturn.
- In the first year, the project brought
state library representatives together to consider how they can
support state-wide workforce recovery.
- The follow-on grant for year two
delivered training and curriculum materials to library staff on the
frontlines of responding to the needs of the un- and under-employed.
- Read the Year Two Project Report: Project
Compass Lights a Path to Workforce Recovery
This work has resulted in a rich collection
of resources on Workforce
Services, including Project
Compass Workshop Materials.
Hedberg Public Library's Friends of the Library Tulip
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Free Summer Programming Webinar with BadgerLink!
20-30 minute sessions on May 2 at 9 a.m. and 3
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GRANT PROMOTES LEARNING LABS IN LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS
Weekly, Vol. 14, No. 30 -- April 30, 2012
Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums is
a new grant opportunity from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services (IMLS) which will support the planning and designing of up to
30 Learning Labs in libraries and museums throughout the country. The
Labs are intended to engage middle- and high-school youth in mentor-led,
interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and
traditional media. Grantees will be required to participate, in-person
and online, in a community of practice that will provide technical
assistance, networking, and cross-project learning. Projects are
expected to provide prototypes for the field and be based on current
research about digital media and youth learning. The application
deadline is June 15, 2012. For
more information and application guidelines visit the IMLS website at http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=20
The Uninvited Guest by Sadie Jones - for
your Downton Abbey Patrons
Joining the Edwardian Country
Club: PW Talks With Sadie Jones
In The Uninvited Guests, Sadie Jones turns a highbrow
Edwardian-era upstairs-downstairs drama into something quite new—and
very funny. Be sure to check out our exclusive excerpt, as well. more
-PW Tip Sheet, April 30, 2012
Book Excerpt: 'The Uninvited Guests' by Sadie Jones
Class issues, Edwardian politics, and a big, beautiful British
country house hang the balance: these are the story elements that
consumed millions of Americans when the BBC television series Downton
Abbey made its stateside debut. With season two done and season
three just swinging into production, Sadie Jones has the fix: her twisty
British country drama, The Uninvited Guests, centers on a house
called Sterne and the family desperate to hold onto it. Read the first
chapter here. more
-PW Tip Sheet, April 30, 2012
May Night Skies from the MacDonald Observatory
The central event of the month, and one of the
skywatching highlights of the year, takes place during the daytime: an annular
eclipse of the Sun, which carves a narrow path across the western
United States. An annular solar eclipse will dim the skies along a
narrow path in the western United States on May 20, with a partial
eclipse visible across most of the rest of the country. After dark, some
of the signature star patterns of summer begin their climb to
prominence, including the Summer Triangle, which rises in late evening,
and sinuous Scorpius, the scorpion, which is in full view at midnight by
In addition to our May
eclipse coverage, we have information on the second half of a
twice-in-a-lifetime event: the June
5 transit of Venus across the Sun.
Weekly Stargazing Information
Libraries Direct 4/25/2012
urges library advocates to oppose CISPA
ALA President Molly Raphael urged several hundred library advocates April
24 to petition their elected officials to oppose H.R. 3523, the
Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). “We cannot
stand by silently and let a federal law trump all of the federal and state
laws that protect personal privacy,” Raphael said. “This is especially
so when a bill like H.R. 3523 allows for an excessive amount of
information that could be shared between the private sector and the
government.” ALA’s stance was applauded
by geek culture blogger Eric Limer. You can still call
or email or Tweet
your support: Visit Capwiz
to find elected officials by ZIP code as well as talking points for your
messages. Members of the House said April 24 that they will modify
the bill’s language in a nod to the American Civil Liberties Union,
which has expressed strong opposition thus far....ALA
Washington Office, Apr. 24; Geekosystem, Apr. 24; ALTAFF, Apr. 24; YALSA,
Apr. 20; Ars Technica, Apr. 24
ADA signage standards
Liz Humrickhouse writes: “On March
15, updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 went into
effect. The new standards—known as the 2010
ADA Standards for Accessible Design—focus specifically on creating
wayfinding signage for the visually impaired. The good news is that
libraries are already doing well in compliance from a technology
standpoint. The better news is that these new standards offer more
guidance in making traditional wayfinding signage more
patron-friendly.”...American Libraries feature. Additional resource:
Accessibility: What You Need to Know from The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies
city buys the most e-readers?
Note: Madison came in as #4!
Rohin Dhar writes: “If the self-appointed ‘elite’ members of society
avidly read, then the ‘elite of the elite’ must avidly e-read, right?
Who are these people and where do they live? That city must surely be the
most elite and cultured city in America. It turns out all of our
preconceived notions about e-reader adoption was wrong. When you dig into
the data about where Kindles are actually bought and sold, the most
‘cosmopolitan’ cities in America are soundly beaten by mid-sized
cities in the Midwest and South.”...
The Atlantic, Apr. 18
Matters: Make room for homeschoolers
Abby Johnson writes: “Did you know there are an estimated
2 million home-educated children in the United States? And that number is
increasing by 2%–8% each year. In Floyd County, Indiana—where I
work—there is a substantial homeschooling population, and many of them
visit the library regularly. I knew I wanted to provide programming for
the homeschooling community, but how to start?”...American
Libraries column, May/June
is Mystery Month
Every year, the jewel in Booklist Mystery Month’s crown is the
Mystery Showcase issue—an annual highlight for Booklist readers
since 1997. The Mystery Showcase issue is packed with more than 100 new
mystery reviews and best-of lists, as well as an array of features,
including: “The Year’s Best Crime Novels,” with the top 10 crime
novels of the year. A mystery-themed issue of the free e-newsletter REaD
ALERT mails on May 3, offering all mystery and no filler, and, just a
week later, dozens of free mystery reviews will debut in Booklist
Another fast–growing social network
Alicia Eler writes: “Goodreads
is a social reading site that’s easily pushing 20 million unique
visitors per month. It’s not talked about in the same way as the über-addictive
social networking darling du jour, Pinterest, where users come, pin, and
leave. There are other, far more intriguing reasons why Goodreads is
quietly building and growing a smart, devoted host of members.”...
ReadWriteWeb, Apr. 19
No Pinterest this week. The site was not working when I
need it for the Monday Memo!
is What a Librarian Looks Like - http://lookslikelibraryscience.com
A website designed to challenge old, outdated
- Channel Weekly, Vol. 14, No. 30 -- April 30, 2012
Pew Internet & American Life Project: The Rise of E-Reading
How many people are reading e-books? How often do they read them?
These are but
a few of the queries that animated this recent research study by a team
of five staff members at the Pew Internet
& American Life Project. The 68-page report was released in
April 2012, and visitors can read the document in its entirety, or peruse
the overview offered here. Based on their polling, the authors found that
21% of American adults have read an e-book in the past year. Additionally,
some 43% of all Americans age 16 and older say that have either read an
e-book in the past year or have read other long-form content such as
magazines, journals, and news articles in digital format. The full report
is divided into six chapters, along with a section on methodology. [KMG] -
The Scout Report -- April 27, 2012
Advertising Age - http://adage.com/
Advertising Age is one of the most well-known advertising industry
publications, and their website is an
important place for those interested
in the industry, whether they be new to the field or
whether they have decades
of experience. Along the top of the homepage, visitors will find
nine different sections, including Global News,
Hispanic Marketing, and Digital.
Each of these sections features news updates, commentary, and
opinion pieces covering their respective topics. On
the right-hand side of the
homepage, visitors can make their way through the "Most Read"
with the "Most Commented" and "Most Emailed. Also, visitors
can make their
way through special reports such as Hottest Global Brands and Agency
A-List. [KMG] - The Scout
Report -- April 27, 2012
Virtual Laboratory - http://virtuallaboratory.colorado.edu/
The website for the Virtual Laboratory contains a bold and direct
teaching all too often accepts memorization and pattern
recognition as true learning" After
reading this statement, it makes sense
that the goal of this site is "to help students
to recognize, confront, correct,
and expand their understanding of subject or a technique." The site
contains five different sets of course materials that
use interactive materials,
short quizzes, and embedded demonstrations to assist students and
teachers alike. One set of materials that should not
be missed is in the Teaching
& Learning Biology area. Here visitors will find links, fact
sheets, and pedagogical suggestions for teaching a
college-level biology course.
Moving on, the Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything
a new perspective on how to reform the garden-variety general
chemistry course. [KMG]
- The Scout Report -- April 27, 2012
Nasa Education - http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/index.html
This is a collection of teacher and student resources all focusing on the many scientific branches of the NASA tree.
The content is coming from NASA, so you know it’s of high quality. All of the space-related resources succeed in presenting the subject in a way that students, regardless of grade level, can digest.
What is surprising, however, is the diversity of subjects covered. The teaching materials go well beyond space exploration and delve into mathematics, weather and ecology. While at first glance it appears to be a site solely for science teachers, NASA Education is equally useful for teachers of many other subjects.
- Education World Reviews, Volume 11, Issue 16 April 24
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau - Submit a Complaint - http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/
The new bureau is already investigating consumer complaints about
mortgages, credit cards, banking, vehicle loans, and student loans, and
already has a track record of quick response. Register here with your
first complaint, and then check your complaint status here. -
Neat New Stuff I Found This Week, http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html,
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009.
Religion News Service - http://www.religionnews.com/
Since religion - a major part of our lives and guiding philosophies - is
largely ignored by the traditional news media, the Religion News Service
aims to fill in that hole by providing "in-depth, non-sectarian
coverage of religion, spirituality and ideas." Searchable and
browsable by categories like Politics, Faith (Doctrine & Practice,
Clergy & Congregations, Leaders & Institutions), Ethics (Death
& Dying, Medical Ethics, etc.), multimedia presentations, and blogs. -
Neat New Stuff I Found This Week, http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html,
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009.
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