Archive for August, 2008

Welcome to the 2008/2009 Academic Year!

 We at the Library extend best wishes and felicitations to both new and returning students. Please remember that we are here to help you, no matter what your information needs. The regular hours for the Library look like this:

Monday-Thursday  7:30am – 10pm; Friday 7:30am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5pm                                                                                                                                   The Library will be closed on Thursday, 11/27; Saturday 11/29; Sunday 11/30 , and we’ll have extended hours for exams on Monday 12/15-Thursday 12/18 staying open until 11pm.  A more detailed calendar is here.

Here are some handy NJCU sites for you. When you need to contact a department or faculty member, use the university’s online campus directories. To purchase textbooks for your courses and to see if there are used cheaper copies, access the bookstore. If you need to consult master course lists or catalogs, you may come to the Library or peruse the latest versions here. And let us not forget the Office of Campus Life. All students should read the NJCU Student Handbook – the Gothic Guide  – and be familiar with NJCU’s Academic Integrity Policy, Copyright Policy and Related Guidelines, and its Responsible Use of Computing Resources.

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New Jersey Results of the 2008 SAT

To find out the statistical information, scores, and colleges to which SAT scores were sent, click here. For national and other state reports, please consult this College Board site.

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National Conventions

As the Democrats start their convention today with the Republicans following next week, here are a few links of interest. A comprehensive site from Poynter Online detailing convention histories from 1856 to the present can be accessed here; it is a very informative site with many great links. The New York Times presents historical coverage for 1896-1996 with selected contemporary articles.  Believe it or not, the “How Stuff Works” site has also has their own take on conventions. And do not forget this Infoplease entry. Statistical profiles of the hosting cities, Denver and St. Paul, are available from the Census Bureau. Television has played a role at the conventions since 1948, and an overview is accessible from the Musuem of Broadcast Communication. Other useful sites include: Campaign Finance Institute; Federal Election Commission; Pew Research Center for the People and the Press; Pew Internet and American Life Project; and SourceWatch.

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Beloit College Mindset List

For the class of 2012, there are certain societal/cultural trends and norms with which they have grown up and have taken for granted. This annual list from Beloit College highlights some of these markers which are held in common by the 2012 class and  which will influence their attitudes, worldviews, and learning strategies. You can also access the mindset lists back to 2002 from here as well.

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Salaries of New Jersey School Administrators

According to P.L. 2007, c.53, summaries of proposed school budgets must appear on the school district’s website(if one is available). It also mandates that information on salaries and benefits of a district’s superintendent, assistant superintendent, the school business administrator, and all district employees who make more than $75,000 a year AND are not part of a collective bargaining unit must be posted on the district’s website(if available) or otherwise be made available to the public; this information will also be made available through the Department of Education’s website(the link is at the bottom of the page).  The salaries/benefits are listed by county, then broken down by school district.

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Today in History: 2003 Blackout

 A little after 4pm, on a day when humidity levels were high and the temperature was in the lower 90s, the largest blackout in North American history hit, cutting off power to more than 50 million people. With traffic lights non-functioning and power non-existent, thousands of commuters were stranded in Manhattan, forced to sleep in doorways and in parks. Thousands more flocked to the ferries which kept operating until they ran out of fuel which could only be supplied through electrically-powered pumps which had been rendered inoperable. Many Brooklynites walked home from Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge. For pictures illustrating the above conditions, please go to this site. So many people were inconvenienced by this outage that scores of hearings and reports were generated. A great site to find the vast majority of these reports is housed at PSERC(Power Systems Engineering Research Center). Other sites  with special reports include the New York Times, the BBC, the CBC(after all, Canada was especially hard hit), and for a more local perspective, nj.com.

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War in Georgia

 For many of us, this is a conflict in a remote part of the world. Unfortunately for those living through it, it is all too real and horrifying. To help explain what is happening in the Caucasus, the following reports should be of assistance. As always, the New York Times has a broad and thorough “topic” entry on this war; the BBC also has an excellent special report page on Georgia/Caucasus. This backgrounder from the Institute for the Study of War should be consulted as well. The following are other reports which present pertinent, informative analyses, some of it historical in nature: Stability, Security, and Sovereignty in the Republic of Georgia (Council on Foreign Relations,  2004); Faultlines of Conflict in Central Asia and the South Caucasus (RAND, 2003); Russia, the United States, and the Caucasus (Strategic Studies Institute, 2007);and these two reports from the Congressional Research Service –  Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia: Political Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests(2007), and Russia-Georgia Conflict in South Ossetia(2008). Mention should also be made of the CFR daily analysis of this conflict, and Center for Strategic and International Studies “Critical Questions” on the war. For those NJCU students and faculty, using the Praeger Security International Online database will yield hundreds of full text results. General information on Georgia can be found here and here. A great deal of historical information through the early 1990s is found in this country study. Maps detailing the current conflict are available at this site while the “Georgian Chronicle” and “Georgian Folk Tales” can be read at this site.

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