Jeffrey Pomerantz

State Library of NC Online Workshop Calendar

From the NCLIVE-L list: Subject: State Library Announces Fall CE Schedule The State Library has something NEW for you – An Online Workshop Calendar We are pleased to announce the Fall 2005 schedule of workshops, and we’re excited to make it available to you in our NEW Online Calendar. The Online Calendar will be updated regularly, which will allow you to stay current with the workshops we offer. Most of our sessions are.. Read More

1,000 Top High Schools

The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools, from Newsweek Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in 2004 divided by the number of graduating seniors. Chapel Hill comes out looking damn good here: East Chapel Hill Chapel Hill And, if you’ll forgive a bit of gloating, my alma mater: Newton.. Read More

The Core

I tried to post a comment on Scott’s blog about this, but it seems to have gotten lost in the ether. Probably because I’m not a LiveJournal user. Damn proprietary applications… 😡 Scott posted about an article in Library Journal by Carol Tenopir, in which Carol writes about a recent article of Scott’s (how meta). This article of Scott’s is a study of the readings used in library school courses on searching. Carol.. Read More

RFID for Dick and Jane

Parents protest radio ID tags for students, from CNN The only grade school in this rural town is requiring students to wear radio frequency identification badges that can track their every move. Some parents are outraged, fearing it will rob their children of privacy. The badges introduced at Brittan Elementary School on January 18 rely on the same radio frequency and scanner technology that companies use to track livestock and product inventory. Livestock.. Read More

The First Amendment, who needs it?

Freedom of what?, from CNN …when told of the exact text of the First Amendment, more than one in three high school students said it goes “too far” in the rights it guarantees. Only half of the students said newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories. I wrote a big long rant about this yesterday but didn’t post it. I’ve now deleted big chunks of it. When I.. Read More

ETS information literacy test

According to this story from the NY Times, the Educational Testing Service has developed a standardized test to assess information literacy. According to this story, the test, called the Information and Communications Technology literacy assessment, …can assess students’ ability to make good critical evaluations of the vast amount of material available to them. …is intended to measure students’ ability to manage exercises like sorting e-mail messages or manipulating tables and charts, and to.. Read More

Brain drain, part 3

So much for grad school enrollments rising in tough economic times. Not only is it becoming more difficult for foreign students to enroll in colleges and universities in the US, but it’s becoming more difficult for students from the US as well. Students to Bear More of the Cost of College, from the NY Times

Brain drain

I’m sure that Brodhead doesn’t mean this as a swipe at the current administration, but I do. Research woes seen ahead, from the News & Observer Research is dependent on federal dollars and foreign-born graduate students — both of which are becoming scarcer. “Imagine the paradox in a world where it’s all too easy for jobs to go across borders but all too hard for intelligent people to come across borders for research.. Read More