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Books Publishing and Libraries Conference – My First Presentation 

Earlier this month, I had the honor and privilege to present at the 16th Annual International Books, Publishing and Libraries conference as an Emerging Scholar. This conference is an interdisciplinary symposium drawing in researchers from a variety of fields that all lead to the word - publishing, graphic design, library science, education and the humanities. The conference …

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Stories Worth Telling: USAID in Afghanistan 

“‎I know you're still young but I want you to understand and learn this now. Marriage can wait, education cannot. You're a very very bright girl. Truly you are. You can be anything you want, Laila. I know this about you. And I also know that when this war is over Afghanistan is going to …

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Today in History: Live Aid 

Remember "We Are the World" (USA for Africa)? A global rock concert that raised relief for famine-stricken Africa, Live Aid was conceived by Irish singer Bob Geldof who had travelled to Ethiopia after learning of the hundreds of thousands who had starved. With Prince Charles and Princess Diana officiating, the 16-hour event opened at Wembley …

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Everett Cafe News: Oceans of Plastic 

In early June some 80 plastic bags and other plastic items were found jammed into the belly of a small male pilot whale that died in Thailand after five days of a desperate rescue effort by veterinarians and marine officials. Mistaken for food, seventeen pounds of plastic caused the whale to sicken and starve -- a …

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Today in History: Remembering Amelia Earhart 

On July 2, 1937 famed aviatrice Amelia Earhart, together with navigator and former Pan American pilot Frederick Noonan, lost contact near Howland Island in the center of the pacific Ocean during their voyage around the world. The United States Coastguard had received reports of their being lost and lack of fuel. The newly refurbished Lockheed …

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Today in History: First Newbery Medal 

So fondly I remember bedtime readings when even our Siamese kitten curled himself like a sausage among the stuffed animals and purred away contentedly. Yes, even Generation Z kids grow up holding hard copy books in their hands -- testament to the pure aesthetics of reading. Cluster around an award winner, turn the pages, and there's no doubt that a …

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Today in History: Summer Solstice 

New York City's current weather conditions indicate partly cloudy skies, with a high of 86F and low of 66F. Sunrise came at 5:25am and sunset will be at 8:30pm. There is 73% humidity, wind blowing northerly at 6mph. Summer unfolding, as school lets out and lemonade stands dot the city streets. Kids swinging, rainbow's in the …

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Staff Picks: The School Building, Philosophy & Design 

June 2018 staff picks School design is a modern problem; modern in the sense that it originally developed in response to the industrial revolution, and the complexities of industrial society.  An ever-increasing number of students and compulsory education shifted school design from humble, one-room schoolhouses created by locals to structures and curricular practices more fitting …

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Today in History: Congress Adopts the Stars and Stripes 

Happy Flag Day and all that it stands for! June 14, 1777 marks the day when Congress passed a resolution on the deign of the new American flag: it bore 13 alternating red and white stripes symbolizing the original colonies, while the Union was symbolized by thirteen white stars in a blue field, representing a …

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Rhizr’ing with Reference 

… Pangloss used now and then to say to Candide: "There is a concatenation of all events in the best of possible worlds; for, in short, had you not been kicked out out of a fine castle for the love of Miss Cunegund; had you not been put into the Inquisition; had you not traveled …

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Today in History: World Environment Day 

World Environment Day began in 1974 and is recognized annually on June 5th as an effort by the United Nations to increase global awareness of and action towards the protection of planet Earth. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 in support of its Conference on the Human Environment and has …

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Today in History: Common Core Is Launched 

Since its arrival nine years ago, Common Core has greatly impacted the health of our nation's schools. The standards govern how teachers teach and what students study to master English Language Arts and mathematics. The guidelines are meant to shape pedagogy, but in many cases have damaged its essence -- the spirit and structure of teaching and …

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Today in History: Leta Hollingworth Is Born 

At least twice a year pre-schoolers from the Hollingworth Center at Teachers College come visit the library, bearing sprinkled sugar cookies each December and posies in ribbon each May. We'll stumble upon a group intently perusing the children's literature section on the second floor in the Fall, and hear little voices singing traditional American folk …

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Library Resources and Services for HUDK 5324, Research Practicum 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Laura DeRose's Summer 2018 course HUDK 5324, Research Practicum.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones relevant to the focus of the …

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On Composition: 2018 Spring Education Program 

Some months ago, a gorgeous still life mysteriously wended its way back to the library and propped itself casually beside my desk. Whence it came, and where exactly it needed to go, required research, for the colorful study of a shiny blue teapot surrounded by bright apples and oranges on a copper tray, red cloth and …

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Today in History: Plessy versus Ferguson 

  Decided on May 18th, 1896, Plessy versus Ferguson was a landmark case that upheld racial segregation laws for public facilities in the United States, provided they were equal in quality. Taken to trial, Homer Randolph Plessy had boarded a "whites only" car of the East Louisiana Railroad in New Orleans after buying a first …

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Staff Picks May 2018: How to Survive Being a Teenager 

The teenage years are idolized on film, TV, and in many books. To adults with full time jobs and responsibilities, the carefree years of being a kid may seem like paradise. But not only are you supposed to grow up emotionally and physically while you go to school and deal with grades, bullies, and unrequited love, …

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Today in History: Happy Birthday, James Barrie! 

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up, was born on May 9th, 1860 in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He attended the University of Edinburgh and became a journalist, though later moved to …

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Everett Cafe News: What’s Real in the Media? 

Do you cringe at the thought of another tweet about “fake news”? What with unprecedented presidential accusations about the Russian dossier, media in general, CNN in particular, and reports on government, health care, employment, and other vital issues, is “fake news” a retaliatory slap, slippery slogan, or actual state of affairs in today’s political arena? …

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