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Programming Librarian

“ProgrammingLibrarian.org provides the resources, connections and opportunities libraries need to fill their role as centers of cultural and civic life. It is a place for library professionals to share, learn and be inspired to present excellent programming for their communities. Through resources, ideas and professional development opportunities, we seek to help libraries fill their role… Continue Reading

Netherlands makes trains free on national book day

“Dutch book lovers got free rail travel across their country’s entire network this weekend as part of the Netherlands’ annual book week celebrations. Every year since 1932 the Netherlands has encouraged reading with Boekenweek – a celebration of literature marked with literary festivals and book signings across the country. Traditionally, a well-known Dutch author writes… Continue Reading

Anti-Semitism Is Back, From the Left, Right and Islamist Extremes. Why?

The New York Times: “Swastikas daubed on a Jewish cemetery in France. An anti-Semitic political campaign by Hungary’s far-right government. Labour lawmakers in Britain quitting their party and citing ingrained anti-Semitism. A Belgian carnival float caricaturing Orthodox Jews sitting on bags of money. And that was just the past few months. The accumulated incidents in… Continue Reading

A ‘million word gap’ for children who aren’t read to at home

EurekAlert: “Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found. This “million word gap” could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development, said Jessica Logan, lead author of the study… Continue Reading

Report – The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation 2018

Institute for Women’s Policy Research Report -The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation 2018: “Women’s median earnings are lower than men’s in nearly all occupations, whether they work in occupations predominantly done by women, occupations predominantly done by men, or occupations with a more even mix of men and women. Data for both women’s and men’s… Continue Reading

Legal Research Demystified: A Step-by-Step Approach

Voigt, Eric, Legal Research Demystified: A Step-by-Step Approach (Table of Contents and Chapter 5 on Research Plans) (March 18, 2019). Legal Research Demystified: A Step-by-Step Approach (Carolina Academic Press, 2019), ISBN 9781531007836. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3354594 -“Legal Research Demystified guides first-year law students through eight steps to research common law issues and ten steps to… Continue Reading

Teaching Freedom of Expression Without Frontiers

“Developed by Columbia Global Freedom of Expression with partners from around the world, Freedom of Expression Without Frontiers offers academic and training resources on the laws, institutions and actors that have founded a global system of freedom of expression and information. The website is organized around nine Teaching and Training Modules. It includes a general introduction… Continue Reading

Reading to Your Toddler? Print Books Are Better Than Digital Ones

The New York Times – “The tablet itself made it harder for parents and children to engage in the rich back-and-forth turn-taking that was happening in print books,” a researcher said. “In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers at the University of Michigan asked 37 parents to read similar stories to their… Continue Reading

The Evolution of Law Libraries

Harvard University Law School Center on the Legal Profession – The Practice, The Evolution of Law Libraries Volume 5 • Issue 3 • March/April 2019 The Harvard Library Innovation Lab Embracing change in law and libraries. Making the Law Computable The Caselaw Access Project. Pausing the Internet How Perma.cc is trying to fix legal citations. Sketching the Future Discovering… Continue Reading

The 2019 Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools

Ryan, Christopher and Frye, Brian L., The 2019 Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools (March 15, 2019). Belmont Law Review (forthcoming 2019).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract= “In 2017, we published A Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools, which presented the first (intentionally) objective ranking of law schools. Other law school rankings are subjective because their purpose is… Continue Reading

Commentary – Scientific publishing needs to change

University Affairs – While our existing scientific publication system has limited value in this world, the scholarly peer review process is more important than ever. “…For starters, the purpose of a scientific journal today should not be to publish research – there is no dearth of specialty platforms to publish scientific findings. Instead, what if… Continue Reading