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Internet use in Wales and beyond

Two recent reports show patterns of Internet use in Wales and the UK. According to the National Survey for Wales for 2013-14:

  • 75% of households in Wales had access to the Internet at home;
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Much ado about nothing...the Sieghart report

Well it’s finally here, the Independent Library Report for England, and as expected it caused frenetic activity and reaction on social media. Despite being published on the same day as the local government… 416 more words


Librarians and freelancers, undervalued

Some of you read my other blog, bookconscious.  If not, I’d encourage you to check out my post, “On Being Discontinued,” in which I address the view that some people have that librarians “just check out books” and therefore aren’t really professionals. 104 more words

Newark NJ, Pearson Worldwide, and #BoundtoFerguson

Newark Schools

In 1995, a New Jersey judge ordered state takeover of Newark schools, Based on failing test scores. The judge called the high school proficiency rate of one in four a “failure on a very large scale” and “distressing to contemplate.” That decision, affecting some nearly 40,000 students, was upheld by an appellate court in 2013. 704 more words

National Issues

Sieghart's Independent Library Report for England

Libraryland and the media are abuzz with the newly (finally) released Independent Library Report for England. The recommendations from the report can be broadly summed up as: 1,644 more words

Public Libraries

Ideas from Zauel

On Monday morning, I made my way to White Pine Library Cooperative for a board meeting — unfortunately, we didn’t have enough members present for a quorum, but we talked shop which I thoroughly enjoyed. 301 more words