At 11 AM on May 11th, my Grandpa and I pulled up to a parking lot in Florida to watch the space shuttle Atlantis lift off from Kennedy Space Center. It was not too cool on this 95 degree day! There were other people gathered there, and we all shared our binoculars and camera equipment and ice from our coolers while we waited. It was a very interesting group and people were definitely excited!
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Last week Tutor.com sent a newsletter to students who use our consumer service and the most popular article was“Beyond Babysitting: Job Opportunties for Teens”. In fact, it was our most popular newsletter item ever. So I decided to do some Google searching to find out how hot an issue summer jobs for teens is right now. My search found over 1,000 recent articles about this very topic. While most of us are focused on the terrible economy and how it’s affecting adults, it’s easy to forget that thousands of teens are also job searching.
Last Friday I had the privilege of participating on a panel on the topic of Selling Yourself: Marketing Online Resources at the Connecticut Library Association’s annual meeting in New Haven. I presented along with two dynamic women in Connecticut’s library world, Mary Hogan, director of the Miranda Creative.
I have read blogs in which educators make the case that it is perfectly fine for kids in school to fail. After all, the purpose of school is to prepare them for life and life includes failure. I propose a totally different perspective. I think that life sends all of us plenty of opportunities for failure. There is no need to create or stimulate failure experiences for students. The experience of failure in childhood and adolescence can have significant long term effects.
Tutor.com has been closely following the developments with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) since it was first announced. The amount of information now available about ARRA is overwhelming. To help libraries navigate through the legislation, we hosted a webinar last week featuring Mark Schneiderman, Senior Director of Education Policy for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), Anna Kimsey, Senior Associate at Dutko Worldwide’s education practice, and Ronald Tomalis, former Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education.
You know the stats. Library usage is up. Way up. According to a recent New York Times article libraries across the nation are seeing 10-30% more patrons over last year. The reason of course is the dismal economy. Libraries are answering this call with innovative and timely programs even as their own budgets are cut. Here’s a few that we think deserve special attention.