Archive for June, 2014

The World’s Largest Book Publishers 2014

Accompanied by charts, statistics, and analysis, The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2014, traces the changing dynamics of the top ten publishers along with a look at the book industries in Brazil and China. It shows how the STM market is a real driving force in the profitability of certain publishers. Compare with:  The World’s 56 Largest Book Publishers 2014 from Publishers Weekly; and EBook Publisher Power Rankings, First Quarter 2014.

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2014 July 4th Events in New Jersey

Here are some activities: listing of fireworks displays by county is online; Hudson County and north Jersey activities are also available; don’t forget the Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival as well as this guide to south Jersey festivals.

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How Clean Are New Jersey Beaches?

As people travel to the Jersey shore this summer, they can be comforted by the fact that New Jersey ranks #3 in the nation (out of 30 states listed) in cleanliness of its beach water. In fact, New Jersey contains more “superstar beaches” than any other state. The Natural Resources Defense Council issued Testing the Waters 2014: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation beaches that compiled statistical information the states have on their beach quality. State rankings are found in the executive summary. See how your state fared.

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Court Rules That Governor Christie Can Cut Contributions to Pension Plans

The judge’s 100+ page decision is posted online. Analysis/comments/reportage are at: the Wall Street Journal, The Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press, Bergen Record, NJ Spotlight, NJEA, and NJ Politicker.

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Bill Repealing New Jersey’s Residency Law for Teachers

S2169 is a bill just out of the Senate State Government Committee; its goal is to rescind the requirement that school district employees in New Jersey must reside in New Jersey. It applies to those counties that border New York and Pennsylvania. It is very specific in its intent as it does not apply to police, firefighters, or college professors;  it is strictly geared for teachers at the K-12 level. Here is a Star-Ledger editorial advocating the repeal of the entire law – the New Jersey First Act.

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Tracking Guarini Library’s Transformation

We have received word that the process of turning part of the Library’s first floor into a 2,000 sq ft Dunkin Donuts is about to start. Next Thursday, June 26, the Library reference desk (not the beautiful piece of furniture we have now, that will be demolished) will be re-located to the second floor. To track the transition, please visit the Library’s Facebook page where you can see what has already been done. Leave a comment, we’ll get back to you.

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Online City Encyclopedias – Detroit and Philadelphia

We have come across two more of these works. The Encyclopedia of Detroit (Detroit Historical Society) features articles arranged alphabetically or by broad topics; you can also search using full text. In addition, a timeline is included and a special feature entitled Arsenal of Democracy that singles out Detroit companies that played a significant part in the war effort during World War II. The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia (based at Rutgers-Camden) provides linked writings by themes or full text search; it also has a timeline, maps, an informative blog, and a 300+ page bibliography.

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