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Happy Mother's Day--LOC Style

nbruce writes "Happy Mother's Day to all of you who had Mothers. You might enjoy the special feature for May 9 at the Library of Congress, featuring photos, bios and bits of history and music:

The moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of that wonderful mother of mine;
The birds never sing but a message they bring
Of that wonderful mother of mine.

Appreciate it here. It's not too late to call or send flowers."

High school transcript study

nbruce writes "The High School Transcript Study: A Decade of Change in Curricula and Achievement, 1990-2000 is available from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Summary: “This report presents findings from the 2000 High School Transcript Study (HSTS 2000) and examines the trends and changes in high school curriculum and student course taking patterns for the past decade. This publication allows policymakers, researchers, education agencies, and the public to examine the current status of the curricula being offered in public and non-public high schools. The HSTS 2000 collected 20,931 transcripts of students graduating from 277 American high schools. Results from the HSTS 2000 are presented with respect to earned course credits, grade point average, and education achievement, as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2000 Mathematics and Science assessments. In addition, results are compared across the four High School Transcript Studies between 1990 and 2000 (HSTS 1990, HSTS 1994, HSTS 1998, and HSTS 2000). Findings are presented throughout the report by selected student and school characteristics, including student gender, student race/ethnicity, school type (public vs. nonpublic), and region of the country.�

It is available in various pdf formats but a print version will eventually follow.

In 2000, high school graduates earned an average of 26.2 course credits, compared to an average of 23.6 in 1990. Interesting."

Advocates for blind fight cutback

rteeter writes "The Sacramento Bee has this story, Advocates for blind fight cutback, about service for the blind being cut in our illustrious governor's budget. Former state librarian Kevin Starr is leading the fight against the cuts."

Russell Crowe Helps Rebuild Library

Anonymous Patron writes "According to Movie/TV news from the Internet Movie Database, Russell Crowe is helping to rebuild a Montreal school library after it was attacked and burned."

Student Living In, Evicted from NYU Library

Steven M Cohen sends " this story from the about a New York University student who made his home in the University's library for eight months before ratting himself out via his livejournal. School officials, while sympathetic and finding his journal "cute" didn't feel the library was a suitable place and helped the young man find housing. He is currently waiting on news for next year's financial aid package."

The Library....a strip club in Vegas

anonymous writes "There is a strip club in Vegas called The Library. Here is the link:

The Library -

The review states that club has some nice touches. For example:

Book cases near the entry, cocktail waitresses dress like librarians. Three stages plus a shower room.

My question is: Do you need an MLS to work there?"

Librarian's Dramatic Past Life

teaperson writes, "Here's a librarian to abolish stereotypes ...

According to an article in the Boston Globe Frank Lavine was a crewman on Exodus 1947, a dramatic attempt to run the British blockade of Palestine with a shipload of Holocaust survivors. Then he comes back to the United States and becomes a librarian in Medford, MA.

There's also a radio documentary on Lavine and his mission from WBUR."

Police arrest sleeping library thief

Atlantic, Iowa, police nabbed a napper who allegedly intended to steal from the city library, but got drowsy before making his getaway.

Police officer Shawna Becker said the alleged burglar sprayed the facility's fire extinguisher for no apparent reason, which set off the library fire alarm.

Becker said police found Anthony D. Gersema, 20, of Atlantic asleep in a library office chair shortly after 7 a.m. last Friday. She said maintenance workers called police after spotting Gersema sleeping.

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Former Judge Makes Ukulele CD for Library

Bob Cox sends this "story from

Little did Pat Boone, an actor and singer who made female hearts flutter in the 1950s, know that his smooth singing style and artful strumming of a baritone ukulele would one day inspire a fund-raising effort for Homer's new public library.

But it has, said singer-songwriter Jim Hornaday, who was a state judge here from 1976-1990."

New honour for the web's inventor

Pete writes " The BBC reports that the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has won a prestigious award which comes with a prize bag of one million euros (£671,000).The "Father of the Web" was named as the first winner of the Millennium Technology Prize by the Finnish Technology Award Foundation.The famously modest man never went on to commercialise his work. Instead he worked on expanding the use of the net as a channel for free expression and collaboration."


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