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Hug the kids, turn the page
Sunday September 02 2007, 10:00 AM
Times Herald-Record opines, "For parents worrying about how they are going to fit in soccer practice and choir rehearsal, how about adding another stop to the itinerary — a weekly trip to the library, a few hours reading and talking about what was in the books. Let's face it, the kid is not going to make it in the MSL or the WNBA or the New York City Ballet. Reading, writing and communicating are the keys to the future. Think about 'no child left behind' not as a law or a line item in a budget but as a philosophy. Lobby the government to provide funding, show up at school events to show support. It's the start of a new school year. Time to read with the kids."
Public library policies need public engagement
Friday August 03 2007, 8:36 AM
Post Standard contributor Joyce M. Latham, executive director of the Onondaga County Public Library opines, "Urban libraries all over the country face challenges brought on by concentrated poverty, declining staffing levels and aging expertise. Syracuse has the opportunity to ponder and discuss the role of the public library in the public life of our city. This is a discussion worth having, one with national implications. We invite your participation."
Federal grants will fund updates of school libraries
Monday July 30 2007, 12:38 PM
Buffalo News reports, "Ten schools in Niagara Falls will benefit from a $298,304 grant, and extended hours will be instituted to encourage families to visit school libraries."
Upkeep of Schools Is New Focus For Budget
Thursday July 26 2007, 9:10 AM
Washington Post reports, "Howard's schools [Maryland] account for, by far, the largest of any of the county's capital budgets. County Executive Ken Ulman (D) has repeatedly said that the county's highly rated school system is 'the engine that drives the county.' But he cautioned in an interview this week that he and the council must weigh the needs of the schools against other demands on the county budget, from fire stations and libraries to community centers and government buildings, when deciding how to allocate finite resources. 'The bottom line is that we have some pretty tough decisions to make,' Ulman said. 'We'll have to find additional revenue or lower expectations.'"
Got a Great Internet Safety Program? ALA Wants to Hear About It
Saturday July 21 2007, 2:25 PM
School Library Journal reports, "If you have a great program on Internet safety, the American Library Association (ALA) wants to hear from you."
Library agrees to Web limits
Wednesday July 04 2007, 8:39 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, "The city's [Rochesters] library board was torn over whether to agree to the task force recommendations but relented to preserve $6.6 million in county aid. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks had threatened to pull the money if the Central Library didn't ban pornographic Web sites."
Literacy Volunteers address growing need in community
Tuesday July 03 2007, 8:30 AM
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin contributor James Harris, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Broome & Tioga Counties opines, "Literacy Volunteers of Broome and Tioga Counties recruits and trains volunteers who work one-to-one with adults who wish to improve their reading, writing or English comprehension and speaking skills. Literacy Volunteers has been active in Broome and Tioga communities for forty years. Perspective tutors undergo a 21-hour training program that enables them to tutor adults in basic reading or English For Speakers of Other Languages. Volunteers have varied backgrounds and experiences but share the common desire to help others learn to read and write. The services provided by Literacy Volunteers is confidential and without charge. Tutoring sessions are conducted in libraries, churches, schools, coffee shops, fast food restaurants or any place where a student and tutor can find a quiet place to spend a few hours together each week."
Never-ending story -- Reading shouldn't take a 'summer vacation'
Monday July 02 2007, 8:51 AM
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin GUEST VIEWPOINT contributor Maria Neira, former bilingual elementary school teacher and vice president of New York State United Teachers opines, "By encouraging their children to read -- and by reading to and with their children -- parents can help children close the achievement gap and do better in school by avoiding the 'summer slump.' Any time that parents spend reading with their children is helpful to the learning process. Parents should also encourage discussion about plot, characters and themes. Talking to children about their favorite characters, or about the parts of a book they liked best, is a way to help develop reading comprehension skills."
COMMENTS OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Wednesday June 20 2007, 10:05 AM
Before the Federal Communications Commission Washington, DC 20554 -- In the Matter of: Broadband Industry Practices -- "The American Library Association supports minimalist net neutrality legislation and regulation that preserves the competitive online markets for content and services. Bandwidth and access should be offered on equal terms to all willing to pay. Otherwise, broadband providers will be free to leverage their quasimonopolies into lucrative but market-distorting agreements. The vitality of voices on the Internet is critical to the intellectual freedom that libraries around the world are trying to protect and promote. Laws that preserve net neutrality are the best way to preserve a vibrant diversity of viewpoints into the foreseeable future."
Internet policy, like book policy, should be inclusive
Wednesday June 06 2007, 9:48 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle contributor John Lovenheim, president of the Rochester Public Library Board opines, "There is a body of law that has developed that likens the Internet to an encyclopedia. Like an encyclopedia, the library may include it or exclude it, but it may not remove portions of that encyclopedia that it does not like based on content. Others have argued that even though pornography is legally protected speech, the library is not bound to supply it. We do not supply pornography to our patrons, we supply Internet access. There is a big difference. People have said it will be money well spent to defend a First Amendment lawsuit. It could cost up to $1 million to defend a suit of this type. That money could be better spent by the library and the county providing more books and services to the people of Monroe County."
Cash is available to help libraries upgrade
Wednesday June 06 2007, 9:28 AM
Poughkeepsie Journal reports, "The 2007-08 Public Library Construction Grant Program allows library systems to apply on behalf of their member libraries for grants that will fund up to 50 percent of a project's cost. Eligible project activities and expenditures include the acquisition of a site and an existing building suitable for conversion to library purposes, construction and renovation or rehabilitation of existing facilities. Libraries may use local, state, federal, public or private funds or a combination from those sources, for the required match. Libraries needing more information should visit the state Education Department Web site at www.nysl.nysed.gov/lib dev/construc/index.html or call 1-518-474-7890."
Library will censor Web viewing
Thursday May 24 2007, 8:12 AM
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, "The policy, which is expected to extend to all libraries in the county, calls for using the library's Internet filtering system to block all pornographic sites unless — after a written request — an administrator deems a site appropriate for a patron to view. But how the policy will be implemented and what librarians will deem pornographic remains unclear. And because both library boards didn't approve the policy, officials were unsure whether the new policy would extend to the Central Library. Also, it's uncertain what impact the policy would have on existing rules at town libraries, each of which has its own boards. The Rochester Public Library board, which oversees all city libraries, may vote next week on the policy. Its members didn't vote Wednesday, in part because they wanted more time to review the task force report."
Library panel: Keep Web-sites ban
Wednesday May 23 2007, 8:41 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, "Access to Web sites deemed pornographic would continue to be blocked at the Central Library of Rochester unless an administrator deemed a site appropriate for a patron to view, according to a task force's recommendation. The recommendation, to be released today and obtained Tuesday by the Democrat and Chronicle, seeks to appease Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and quell her threat to pull $6.6 million in funding from the library over a longstanding policy that had let adult patrons — upon request and with no questions asked — unblock potentially inappropriate or pornographic Web sites."
County's rural libraries worth a visit
Tuesday May 22 2007, 7:08 AM
Ithaca Journal guest columnist Lois Maki, Newfield Library director opines, "Story times, summer reading programs and other special events encourage children's reading. Connecting with the young people in our communities is an especially important goal at all the rural libraries. Visits by authors, illustrators, puppeteers, magicians, musicians and more have been a staple of children's programming by these libraries. Visits by school classes and librarian visits to the schools are another great way of introducing libraries to young people. Several of the rural libraries routinely employ high school students. This provides jobs, teaches skills and often helps teens gain experience in a positive work environment. The library profits by having employees who bring energy, up-to-date computer skills and enthusiasm to their job. All of these services and more are found at the rural libraries, but they are special in another important respect. These libraries are part of their communities. They are connected locally, knowing their patrons and being able to respond to them in a personal way. Each of these communities — Dryden, Groton, Newfield and Trumansburg — has its own flavor, which is reflected in the libraries. The collections, programs and services of each library are unique, just as each of these communities is unique."
BOOK WORMS LURK
Monday May 07 2007, 8:42 AM
NY Post DOUGLAS MONTERO reports, "Hundreds of city elementary-school kids are sitting ducks at public libraries where they hang out alone, unsupervised and vulnerable, because their parents can't afford after-school baby sitters or don't want to deal with their own kids. The crisis has turned libraries into impromptu day-care centers and good-hearted librarians into unofficial baby sitters for children who have nowhere to go between 3 and 6 p.m. 'It's a growing problem throughout the state,' said Michael Borges, the executive director of the New York Library Association. 'It's unfortunate that parents are so desperate that they have to use a library as a baby-sitting service.'"
ASBESTOS FURY; CITY TOO CHEAP TO SAVE SCHOOLKIDS: DOE VET
Monday April 16 2007, 8:23 AM
NY Post reports, "DOE spokeswoman Marge Feinberg insisted that the city's schools are safe and that the agency removes exposed asbestos as soon as it's alerted. But a lab hired by Kielbasa and Gleason found asbestos in samples obtained from the eight sites last November and December. 'I find it in libraries. I find it in classrooms. I find it in hallways. I find it in machinery rooms, near ventilation ducts,' he said."
Forum on Web access at library draws 100-plus
Friday April 13 2007, 9:00 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, "Censorship or public safety. Political diversion or responsible leadership. The debate involves Internet access at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County — specifically, County Executive Maggie Brooks' threat to pull funding unless the library stops allowing adult patrons to view pornographic and other sites blocked by its filtering system."
Contact Your Senators Today-- Support Federal Funding For Libraries!
Monday April 09 2007, 2:22 PM
Please contact your Senators immediately and ask them to sign the "Dear Colleague" letter (PDF) being circulated by Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in support of funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program.
Why We Must Continue Funding Rural Schools
Wednesday March 28 2007, 6:48 PM
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo writes, "Ideally, management of our forested land would generate the revenue necessary to assist with services in cash-strapped communities with large amounts of federally owned land. Unfortunately, that just hasn’t been the case for some time. We must continue to work to remove impediments to forest health and productivity. However, in the meantime, Congress must commit the resources necessary to ensure that rural communities across this country do not have to forgo road maintenance, close libraries, and make cuts to children’s education. Anything less is unacceptable."
Reading sometimes takes a backseat to mischief in Lower Hudson libraries
Saturday March 24 2007, 8:23 AM
Journal News opines, "In Yonkers, the situation has gotten so bad that the board of the Yonkers Public Library was moved earlier this month to adopt a new measure: children 8 years old and younger must now be accompanied by a caregiver. If an unaccompanied child is found at the library during the day, the library staff will decide, based on circumstances, whether to call the police or Child Protective Services. If a child is found alone at closing time, librarians will be required to call the authorities. In addition, during school hours, school-age children will only be allowed in the library with written permission from a guardian or their school."
Pornography at library: X-rated Web sites don't belong
Friday March 23 2007, 9:57 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle guest essayist Michele Child opines, "Unfortunately, we live in a society where we must protect our children at all costs. A library is a place where children and families gather. If the Central Library chooses to unlock the filters to allow access to pornographic Web sites, then it shouldn't take taxpayer money."
Pornography at library: Do not install filters; they block both good, bad sites
Friday March 23 2007, 9:52 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle contributor Kelly Cheatle, discussion leader at ROCmoms.com, and co-leader of Mothers & More Rochester opines, "In order to access all of your constitutionally protected information, these inadequate filters must be deactivated. The Central Library's policy, which allows patrons to turn off filtering software, satisfies the Children's Internet Protection Act guidelines attached to federal funding the library needs. However, for now, no pornographic sites are available to anyone until the board decides whether to amend the policy. Do I personally think that people should misuse the library's policy to view pornography? No, but I am responsible only for my choices, and for a time, my children's choices. The best way for me to protect both my children and my First Amendment rights is to monitor my children when they're in the library — and not the viewing habits of all the other patrons."
SCHOOL BOOK UPROAR
Monday March 19 2007, 8:42 AM
NY Post David Andreatta reports, "A group of Korean-American parents is demanding an award-winning memoir be yanked from libraries and reading lists at city middle schools because of what they say are historically distorted, racist and sexually explicit passages. The book, 'So Far from the Bamboo Grove,' is the story of an 11-year-old Japanese girl's perilous escape from World War II Korea, in which she witnesses brutality at the hands of Koreans, including the rapes of young girls and the tossing of a dead infant from a moving train."
Spitzer: They Can’t Handle the Truth
Sunday March 18 2007, 10:58 AM
Room Eight blogger Larry Littlefield writes, "I’d like us to be 'one state,' but not if doing so means the city is made to sacrifice to help the rest of the state while the rest of the state is outraged because they are told, falsely, that they are being cheated by the city. This is an outrage, and what is said and not said, because politicians want to pander to those outside the city, has consequences. Someone should go to the libraries Upstate and collect some juicy quotes from the days when NYC was flat on its back economically, and the rest of the state resented bailing us out. Even though, net of all state revenues and expenditures, NYC was always a net contribuor the state budget, even in the early 1990s when 1 million were on welfare and the city lost 300,000 jobs. What an attitude! Please Governor Spitzer, stop feeding it!"
Access and Storage of Knowledge in the New Millennium: The Google Book Search Library Project and the Future of Libraries
Tuesday March 13 2007, 7:29 PM
by Jacob Rooksby. Author writes, "In December of 2004, the publicly traded search engine giant Google announced that it had completed deals with five major libraries to digitize all or parts of their collections. The 'Google 5,' as these libraries came to be known, include four university libraries (Michigan, Stanford, Harvard, and Oxford) as well as one public library (the New York Public Library). Since the initial announcement, four other university libraries have joined the Google 5, including libraries within the University of California system, the Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the University of Virginia. The purpose of the mass digitization, or 'Google Book Search Library Project' as Google calls it, is to allow anyone with Internet access the ability to search for and locate books online. Google’s ultimate goal is to add over 15 million library volumes to its electronic index over the next decade, at an estimated cost of $150 million." Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 11, 2007. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12913, Date Accessed: 3/13/2007 7:30:32 PM
Marist poll finds little support for school property taxes
Friday March 09 2007, 7:18 AM
Times Herald reports, "Other highlights of the findings, which were released today: 59 percent of Ulster residents rate local education as good or excellent, compared with 72 percent in Dutchess. 20 percent overall found the best thing about their district is the teachers. 12 percent find the size of schools the worst thing about their local system. One in 10 mentioned taxes. Only 41 percent think school districts negotiate contracts well. 55 percent believe their district is controlled by a small group of people with their own agenda. Many of those polled want more money for science labs, computers, the arts and libraries. Voters supported a school budget because they thought it was fiscally sound. Voters opposed a school budget because they thought it was wasteful and irresponsible. 54 percent of voters do not think increased funding means better schools; 46 percent think it does. 61 percent think any funding alternatives should not include vouchers for private or parochial schools."
Cutting off library funds would curtail education
Monday March 05 2007, 8:19 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle guest essayist Catherine Carlson, former Rundel Memorial Library Foundation board member writes, "I hope library funding will not be decreased but only increased, as libraries have done more than other institutions to build and continue our democracy and to further the education of our citizens. Libraries are the only egalitarian system available to the entire public. To not fund this institution would be to take away from many citizens their primary, easy access to a variety of learning tools, information, communication, knowledge and learning."
Households' Use of Public and Other Types of Libraries: 2002
Tuesday January 16 2007, 10:35 AM
This ED TAB presents a series of tabulations that highlight households’ use of public libraries. Patterns of library use by household demographic, social, economic, and geographic characteristics are presented. Glander, M., and Dam, T. (2006). Households’ Use of Public and Other Types of Libraries: 2002 (NCES 2007- 327). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 16, 2007 from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) launches survey because “School Libraries Count!”
Sunday January 14 2007, 3:21 PM
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is launching a longitudinal survey of school library media programs at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The “School Libraries Count!” survey will open on January 18, 2007, and will gather data on changes in the field to gain understanding of the state of school library media programs nationally. “The survey is one of the special projects AASL is undertaking as a result of its new strategic plan,” said AASL President Cyndi Phillip. “In 2006, the AASL Board of Directors approved a proposal that AASL conduct its own annual national sample survey of school library media programs to gain a better understanding of the field and trends for the future. We are asking for support from the AASL Board, committees, AASL affiliates and members to spread the word and get extensive and varied data for the survey.”
Troy school aims to boost learning curve
Friday January 05 2007, 5:03 AM
Times Union reports, "The school has developed what it calls a team to encourage positive behavior, and it has trained some students with help from BOCES. 'We thought it was important for the kids to learn about the program to try to develop strong leaders,' she said. The district is awaiting word from the state as to whether its students met the standards last school year. In its restructuring outline, the district also calls for lowering the number of absent students and reducing teacher absence, as well."
The 65% solution -- a closer look in Vermont
Tuesday January 02 2007, 9:03 AM
Burlington Free Press opined, "The 65 percent solution would require that schools spend a minimum of '65 percent of their funds directly on classroom instruction.' The National Center for Educational Statistics' (NCES) definition of 'classroom instruction' would serve as the basis for determining what constitutes 'in the classroom' activities. Briefly, it would includes teacher and para-educator salaries, instructional materials, extracurricular activities including athletics, arts and music, and tuition paid to out-of-district and private educational providers. The remaining 35 percent of school spending would be divided between all other expenditures, including transportation, professional development for educators, administrative costs, guidance counseling, libraries, heat, lights and food services."
Art and soul of schools
Sunday December 31 2006, 7:35 AM
NY Daily News reports, "Thanks to the WPA [Works Progress Administration of the 1930s and early '40s], the government's most ambitious effort in history to provide employment for the jobless, countless artists were put to work creating paintings and sculptures for libraries, post offices, hospitals, parks and even public housing. The biggest beneficiaries of this effort were public schools, particularly in big cities such as New York."
Ithaca Central School District offers varied support services for students
Monday December 18 2006, 9:23 AM
Ithaca Journal contributors Sheila McEnery, director of Special Education and Lisa Harris, director of Academic Intervention Services for the Ithaca City School District write, "One of the elements of the action plan is targeted academic support. The goal relating to this area reads: Assure that every child has the specific academic support necessary to be successful in school. This may include a variety of academic intervention services and strategies in foundational areas (e.g., literacy, mathematics) or broader skill sets necessary for academic success (e.g., study skills, time management, computer skills, library use)."
Citizens can help decide who'll lead Rochester City School District
Monday December 18 2006, 6:15 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle contributors Malik Evans, school board vice president and search committee chairman and Brennan and Elliott, school board and search committee members invite Rochester residents to respond to survey about a new schools superintendent, "We plan to use a written survey, community forums and personal contact to ensure that all who want a voice in this process are heard. Close to 20,000 paper surveys will be distributed this month through the mail and by hand delivery to public libraries, community and recreation centers, public service agencies and the faith community. In addition, the survey will also be available by going to www.rcsdk12.org and following the link there."
Protect the libraries
Wednesday December 13 2006, 10:08 AM
Buffalo News opines, "Making the Library Protection Act permanent would solidify the response to bad practices in the 1980s, when library officials would sometimes see their budget dwindle against other county priorities. The Library Protection Act offers assurance, an important point for a system with an adopted 2007 budget of $22.2 million, a half million dollars more than this year's budget."
NCES Kids Zone
Tuesday December 12 2006, 8:39 AM
The NCES Students’ Classroom has been redesigned and renamed as the KidsZone. You'll still have the same tools to help you find schools, libraries, or colleges and the Create a Graph is still just a click away. You can find updated information on education or compare where you stack up to students from across the globe.
How Do You Spend $1.93 Billion?
Sunday December 10 2006, 8:42 AM
NY Times Op-Ed contributor Harold O. Levy, New York City schools chancellor from 2000 until 2002 opines, "Having been a witness for the plaintiffs in the case, I can now say that however much money we ultimately get, the critical question is how we spend it."
Input sought for new Rochester schools chief
Friday December 08 2006, 6:47 PM
Rochester Business Journal reports, "The board will hold public forums at 6 p.m. Jan. 3 and 11 in different areas of the city. Locations are not final. Meanwhile, roughly 20,000 copies of a two-page survey will be sent to parents, community members and school district employees. The survey asks respondents to rate the importance of several characteristics. It will also be available online at the board’s Web site, www.rcsdk12.org/BOE/index.htm, and copies will be distributed to public libraries, community centers, recreation centers, public service agencies and churches. The survey will be available in English and Spanish."
State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2005
Wednesday December 06 2006, 5:33 PM
This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for fiscal year 2005. The report includes information on governance, collections and services, service outlets and staff, revenue, and expenditures. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies Survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Holton, B., Kroe, E., O’Shea, P., Sheckells, C., Dorinski, S., and Freeman, M. (2006). State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2005 (NCES 2007-300). U.S. Department of Education, NCES. Retrieved December 6, 2006 from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch.
College Libraries Vie for Student Traffic
Sunday December 03 2006, 2:52 PM
NPR interview: "Many college libraries are working hard to attract young scholars to facilities that no longer serve as a gathering place. In-room Internet access is a major competitor. The head of libraries for the University of Massachusetts, Jay Schaefer, tells Scott Simon about the changes at his library's W.E.B. DuBois building."
New York City's libraries must do a better job of policing Web porn
Sunday November 26 2006, 9:15 AM
NY Daily News contributor ROWENA DALY writes, "All city libraries must be in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act, or CIPA, which requires them to install Internet-filtering software on their public-access computers to prevent the display of obscene content. Even research libraries are supposed to fall under the CIPA provision. When someone logs on to a computer with his or her library card, the system automatically checks the user's age. No one under 17 is supposed to be able to access adult Web sites. But despite the monitoring, there have been cases when people have been able to break through the filter, according to the Brooklyn and Queens libraries. Library officials need to devise a plan. It may be time to install partitions to divide computers or keep separate banks of terminals for adults and minors."
SUNY Orange drops plans for Gilman Institute
Tuesday November 21 2006, 5:28 AM
Times Herald-Record reports, "Instead, the community college plans to spend the $1.5 million in federal grants and private donations already acquired by Gilman to build more modest learning center largely within the walls of the Middletown campus' current library."
Academic Libraries: 2004
Tuesday November 14 2006, 5:53 PM
The selected findings and tables in this NCES report, based on the 2004 Academic Libraries Survey, summarize services, staff, collections, and expenditures of academic libraries in degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report includes a number of key findings: During fiscal year (FY) 2004, there were 155.1 million circulation transactions from academic libraries’ general collection. During a typical week in the fall of 2004, 1.4 million academic library reference transactions were conducted, including computer searches. The nation’s 3,700 academic libraries held 982.6 million books; serial backfiles; and other paper materials, including government documents at the end of FY 2004. Academic libraries spent $2.2 billion on information resources during FY 2004. Holton, B., Vaden, K., and O’Shea P. (2006). Academic Libraries: 2004. (NCES 2007-301). U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 14, 2006 from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch.
Parents want Nobel Prize winner's novel pulled from school
Sunday November 12 2006, 8:50 AM
Daily Freeman reports, "'According to (a school district) policy ... set in place in 1985, if a parent has a problem with one of the books that's being read, they submit a petition to the board, and that gets the process going,' Callejo [school board member] said. Callejo said the committee being assembled to consider the book's suitability for students will include a school district administrator, a teacher, a parent, a psychologist and a community member."
Ferris Bueller's day is history for today's kids
Friday October 27 2006, 9:58 AM
USA TODAY reports, "Recent research showing that important brain development continues into adolescence has influenced new restrictions, says Stephanie Walton of the National Conference of State Legislatures. 'There's a real sense out there, and you see this reflected in all these laws, that kids don't grow up as fast as we used to think they do.' Lobbying by parents has brought a wave of laws and surveillance — as well as lawsuits contending that some policies designed to crack down on teens have gone too far:"
October Proclaimed Cyber Security Awareness Month in New York State
Monday October 09 2006, 1:50 PM
Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure: "Whereas, each of us has a critical role in maintaining the security of cyberspace, and a greater awareness of computer-associated risks will improve the integrity of New York State’s information infrastructure and economy; the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance have designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and New York State joins in the observance of this worthy cause and in support of its crucial goals;"
Calling for a watchdog: Suffolk County grand jury urges New York state to create monitor of schools' spending
Tuesday September 26 2006, 4:57 AM
Newsday reports on Suffolk County's grand jury's recommendation to create a new state office of Inspector General for Education and a "New state law requiring school boards to post on their Web sites, or provide copies in libraries and district offices, all employment contracts and any amendments at least one month before any board vote."
American Library Association (ALA) receives Literacy Leadership Award
Thursday September 21 2006, 3:22 PM
"This month the American Library Association (ALA) received the 2006 Literacy Leadership Award from the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), a broad-based alliance of national adult and family literacy organizations, agencies, and associations. NCL's annual Literacy Leadership Awards recognize individuals, organizations, and corporations who have made extraordinary contributions to improving literacy in the United States on the local, state, and national level."
Once upon a time: The power of a story
Sunday September 17 2006, 11:20 AM
Star Gazette contributor Chris Corter, head of youth services at Steele Memorial Library in Chemung County and a member of the Family Reading Partnership of Chemung Valley opined, "No matter what your age or background, everyone has a story to share. Storytelling is a powerful tool for encouraging a love of reading and family literacy. So what's your story? Share it today with someone you love."
Part 100 of the Commissioner's Regulations - Basic Regulations Regarding Public and Non-Public Schools in New York State
Friday September 08 2006, 8:56 PM
These documents do not include text for the entire Part 100 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Copies of other sections and the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (Volumes A, A1 and B, Title 8, Education) may be obtained from school or public libraries.
Literacy program to expand in Buffalo
Monday August 28 2006, 12:56 PM
Business First of Buffalo reports, "The program will allow Project Flight to establish BookNook programs with on-site libraries and a family literacy resource center, as well as tutors for children, parents and teachers at the two at-risk schools."
Debate continues over content of kids' required reading
Sunday August 27 2006, 8:09 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports on censorship in schools, "We face enough problems trying to raise children today. What they see on TV or at the movies is bad enough, but when you give it to them and call it curriculum, we begin to lose the battle," she (a parent) said. 'I don't want to shelter my children from what happens in life, but I think we need to be held accountable for our choices in teaching them life lessons.'"
Utah preschool alternative proposed
Friday August 25 2006, 2:26 PM
Deseret Morning News reports, "It would offer training to day-care centers and existing preschools. It would provide outreach for low-income, immigrant and otherwise disadvantaged families, including home visits, creating small groups and working with public libraries and neighborhood schools, Stephenson [Senator] said. Families also could attend 'learning parties' at public or private schools to acquire such skills and build school community bonds."
American Library Association Warns Buffalo on LIS Program
Thursday August 24 2006, 3:31 PM
The Library Journal reports, "The dissolution of the University at Buffalo's (UB) School of Informatics, which means that the Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS) will become part of the Graduate School of Education beginning this fall, has drawn attention of the American Library Association (ALA)."
NAACP Hosts Back To School Rally In Brooklyn
Wednesday August 23 2006, 4:23 PM
NY1 reports, "Schools Chancellor Joel Klein advised kids to 'read, read, read every day more than you read yesterday' during a back to school rally Wednesday sponsored by Brooklyn's chapter of the NAACP and the Brooklyn Public Library."
ACRL seeks nominations for 2007 awards recognizing outstanding achievements in academic librarianship
Tuesday August 15 2006, 11:11 AM
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) "urges members to nominate colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and growth as an academic librarian and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. Member nominations will ensure that the pool of candidates for each award remains both competitive and distinguished. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by December 1, 2006."
SUNY expands library access to 60 campuses: SUNYConnect brings most new benefits to community colleges and smaller SUNY schools
Wednesday August 09 2006, 7:44 AM
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, "The 18 million volumes are housed in SUNY libraries, and thousands of electronic resources and images also are available. Users can get information ranging from articles in the latest medical, nursing and science journals to images of paintings and sculpture from the cave shrines in Dunhuang, China."
Let's do more for the libraries
Sunday August 06 2006, 9:17 AM
NY Daily News opined, "For students, they are homework centers. For the unemployed, they are job centers. For anyone without a computer, they are Internet access. For small children, they are story time. For immigrants, they are the English language."
Libraries more crucial than ever
Friday August 04 2006, 8:57 AM
Press-Republican opined, "Perhaps most important, libraries offer Internet services to people who can't afford or for whatever reason don't have a computer. Kids from poor families are thus put onto even footing with their wealthier classmates."
Clinton Community College library expands databases
Thursday August 03 2006, 8:19 AM
PressRepublican.com reports, "SUNYConnect is a joint initiative of the SUNY Provost's Office of Library & Information Services and the libraries of the 64 SUNY campuses to share collections and services across the system, according to the program Web site. The databases are searchable by keywords, subject terms, author name, journal title and other information. Searchers may limit their results by date, language, source material, document type and other criteria."
Public needs say in library's future
Sunday July 30 2006, 12:24 PM
The Journal News writes, "At the heart of the governance of all public libraries in New York state are the people of the communities who pay their taxes to support them and the library boards of trustees that oversee the library operations with the assistance of their library directors. Using the funds collected by either the municipality or the local board of education, the library boards carry out their numerous responsibilities."
Secretary Spellings Announces $19 Million in Library Grants, Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program aims to improve students' reading skills
Wednesday July 26 2006, 9:58 AM
NY Pine Valley Central School District $300,000, NY Rochester City School District $299,502, NY Yonkers Public Schools $299,473, NY East Ramapo Central School District $290,350, NY Mount Morris Central School District $186,969. NY Jamestown City School District $296,715 NY Board of Education, Buffalo N.Y. $300,000
Federal school grant for Yonkers
Saturday July 22 2006, 12:37 PM
Mid-Hudson News reports, "Numerous studies show there is a clear link between the quality of library media programs in schools staffed an experienced school library media specialists and student academic achievement."
The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and Libraries
Thursday July 20 2006, 8:56 PM
American Library Association -- Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) policy brief explains, " the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act or “CALEA” and how it relates to our Nation’s libraries. This is an important issue because it may impact library budgets in the very near future, require certain technology expenditures and impose administrative burdens on library personnel to administer certain security requirements under the law."
Page turned in promoting literacy
Friday July 14 2006, 6:56 PM
The Arizona Republic reports, "The biblioteca, which serves about 200 residents, highlights a growing trend in urban apartment complexes that now feature libraries for residents."
New York State Archives
Friday July 14 2006, 12:52 PM
Buffalo Dissolves Informatics School, Returns LIS to Education
Saturday July 08 2006, 8:34 AM
ALA reports, "The State University of New York’s University at Buffalo announced June 16 that it was dissolving its School of Informatics, with its two components—the Department of Library and Information Studies and the Department of Communication—moving back to their former homes in the Graduate School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, respectively."
2006 Summer Reading Program, Books: A Treasure!
Monday July 03 2006, 9:30 PM
American Library Association (ALA) calls for equity in telecommunications reform
Monday June 26 2006, 10:43 AM
American Library Association (ALA)
Saturday June 24 2006, 7:09 PM
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Saturday June 24 2006, 7:06 PM
ACLU files lawsuit over Miami school book ban
Wednesday June 21 2006, 5:42 PM
Library Phone Answerers Survive the Internet (NY Times registration)
Monday June 19 2006, 7:32 AM
NY Public Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program For Kids
Saturday June 17 2006, 11:39 AM
New York State Library
Saturday June 17 2006, 11:29 AM
California House bill would ax MySpace access at schools, libraries
Friday May 12 2006, 10:23 AM
Arkansas's online encyclopedia launched
Wednesday May 03 2006, 7:55 AM
Funding reform would harm school libraries
Wednesday April 19 2006, 11:27 PM
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