Archive | July 2012

“Libraries, patrons, and e-books”

http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/06/22/libraries-patrons-and-e-books/

These are the findings of a research study conducted by the PewInterent, a project of the PewResearch Center.

From the study:  “Some 12% of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book from a library in the past year.  Most e-book borrowers say libraries are very important to them and their families and they are heavy readers in all formats, including books they bought and books lent to them. E-book borrowers say they read an average (the mean number) of 29 books in the past year, compared with 23 books for readers who do not borrow e-books from a library. Perhaps more striking, the median (midpoint) figures for books reportedly read are 20 in the past year by e-book borrowers and 12 by non-borrowers.”

It is interesting and satisfying to see that most e-book borrowers say that libraries are very important to them and their families.

Penn State Decision

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/20120723/2120723

This page provides information from the National Collegiate Athletic Association website concerning its actions relating to the child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University.  Included are links to the NCAA Conclusions and Sanctions, the  Freeh Report, and Press Conference Remarks by NCAA President Mark Emmert and NCAA Executive Committe Chair, Oregon State President Ed Ray.

Report of the Special Investigative Counsel Regarding the Actions of the Pennsylvania State University Related to the Child Sexual Abuse Committed by Gerald A. Sandusky

http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/396518/freeh-report-into-penn-state-university.pdf

Full text of the Freeh Report on the child sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky and the actions of Joe Paterno and others relating to the abuse at Penn State University.

Digitalliteracy.gov

http://www.digitalliteracy.gov/

The product of many federal agencies, there are many digital resources here to help people find jobs and get the skills they need to get jobs in today’s world.

Reuters Institute Digital News Report

http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/publications/risj-digital-report.html

“Reuters Institute Digital Report 2012 reveals new insights about digital news consumption across Europe and the United States.   Based on a representative survey of online news consumers across five countries – UK, US, Germany, France and Denmark – the report is the start of an ambitious project to track changing digital news behaviour over the next decade.”–From the website.

Higgs Within Reach

http://public.web.cern.ch/public/

From CERN, the latest information on the discovery of the “god” particle.

 

Who Owns the News Media?

http://stateofthemedia.org/media-ownership/

Who Owns the News Media is an interactive database of companies that own news properties in the United States. Use the site to compare the companies, explore each media sector or read profiles of individual companies”–From the database.

The Common Application For Undergraduate College Admissions

https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx

“The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 35 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process. We serve students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications – online and in print – that students and school officials may submit to any of our more than 450 members. Membership is open to colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process. “–From the website.