Education at a Glance is the authoritative source for information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the structure, finances and performance of education systems across Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member countries and a number of partner economies. The publication includes more than 100 charts and tables as well as links to an educational database, providing key information on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; access, participation, and progression in education; the financial resources invested in education; and teachers, the learning environment, and the organisation of schools.
OECD, Sept. 8
A Gallup Poll published August 25 revealed that 10% of American families with children of school age are intending to homeschool their children this year. That’s a huge increase, up from 5% just one year ago. The poll was very clear not to confound homeschooling with online learning at home controlled by a public or private school. The question included the statement, “By ‘homeschool’ we mean not enrolled in a formal school but taught at home.”
Psychology Today, Sept. 7
University librarian J. J. Pionke writes: “As the COVID-19 pandemic manifested, institutions of higher education moved their teaching online, libraries closed, and there was a rapid shift in libraries to more fully support digital learning environments as much as possible. During this pandemic, how are college and university libraries supporting their most vulnerable patrons? Times of crisis are exactly when we should be thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Many academic institutions and libraries have recognized that students need wireless hotspots and laptops if they are in situations with limited access to technology, but have we thoroughly considered the needs of patrons with disabilities?”
College and Research Libraries News, September
The Internet Archive and the four publishers that sought to stop its National Emergency Library project have agreed to a yearlong discovery process in the lawsuit. Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle and publishers Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House will gather information for their respective copyright cases before hearings begin in November 2021.
Teleread, Sept. 7
Public librarian Jennie Rothschild writes: “As we continue to stay home as much as possible, even the most die-hard ‘give me paper or give me death’ readers have been dipping their toes into the ebook waters. And they’re discovering what long-time users have known forever. Good news! You can get ebooks from your library! But (bad news) only if you’re willing to wait for-EVER for the most popular titles. Which leads to the following questions: 1. Why do you have to wait for an ebook at all?! 2. Why doesn’t my library just buy more copies?!”
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Sept. 6
ALA is inviting all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations are accepted online now through November 9.
ALA Communications and Marketing Office, Sept. 8
Public librarian Jacqui Higgins-Dailey writes: “Decrying cancel culture is proving privilege. When someone gets called out for offensive language or behavior the only thing cancelled is the presumption they can do it again with plausible deniability about the impacts to their actions. It means they have been seen. Consider this. Is free speech infringed when a listener lets it be known they take offense to the message?”
OIF Blog, Sept. 3
Jack Morse writes: “You want to go grocery shopping, but the location-tracking app you were forced to download will report your movements. And because you don’t have permission to leave campus, you’ll be automatically locked out of your dorm. You think about your part-time job, and wonder what data is being collected by the camera-tracking technology installed to monitor social distancing on the warehouse floor. If you get too close to your coworker, the system will automatically flag you. Another flag, and you might lose your job. This is not some distant future. This is real life, today, in America. And, if we’re not careful, it could get worse. Because despite what we all hope, the coronavirus is probably here to stay.”
Mashable, Sept. 7
Two days after a federal judge ordered the US Census Bureau to stop winding down 2020 Census operations for the time being, the agency said September 8 in court papers that it’s refraining from laying off some census takers and it’s restoring some quality-control steps. The temporary restraining order issued September 5 by US District Judge Lucy Koh stops the Census Bureau from winding down operations until a court hearing for a preliminary injunction is held September 17.
AP News, Sept. 8
University librarian Elizabeth M. Johns writes: “This fall semester will look and feel different for academic librarians on campuses across the country. Summertime conversations that used to focus on fall event planning or new interactive exhibits have been replaced with discussions of which chairs are moving to storage and whether we have enough plexiglass to protect the help desk. My information literacy classes, like so many others, have largely shifted to video chat platforms. It was a difficult, abrupt switch, even for those of us who have taught online for years.”
American Libraries column, Sept./Oct.
Six years ago, a group of Dartmouth College students petitioned the Library of Congress (LC) to change the catalog subject heading “illegal aliens” to “undocumented immigrants.” Four years ago, ALA Council passed a resolution urging LC to comply. LC agreed—before quickly backing down in the face of GOP opposition in Congress. That’s where things have stayed ever since. Tired of the delays, some librarians have taken matters into their own hands by making the change in their own catalogs, without waiting for LC to take the lead.
American Libraries Trend, Sept./Oct.
The preservation of the scholarly record has been a point of concern since the beginning of knowledge production. With print publications, the responsibility rested primarily with librarians, but the shift towards digital publishing and the introduction of open access have caused ambiguity and complexity. Consequently, the long-term accessibility of journals is not always guaranteed, and they can even disappear from the web completely. A new study finds 176 OA journals that have vanished from the web between 2000–2019, spanning all major research disciplines and geographic regions.
arXiv.org, Sept. 3