Archive for April, 2016

How Good Is Your High School?

The U S News & World Report’s 2016 iteration of its Best High Schools in America has just been released. Over 28,000 high schools were evaluated; you can search for them by state rankings – New Jersey is here. The methodology employed in this selection is explained. Charter, magnet, and STEM schools are also ranked.

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Cybersecurity and International Relations

The crossroads of information technology and international affairs is highlighted in a new site – Net Politics from the Council on Foreign Relations. A recurring feature is Cyber Week in Review (here is the April 15, 2015 iteration) that is replete with links embedded within stories having both national and international connotations. A larger CFR cybersecurity section has additional reports, but not necessarily a weekly round-up of events.

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2015 “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” Released

Issued annually by the State Department, this report allows one to explore by country or topically across countries. The quite lengthy reports detail all manner of violations. Access to previous reports are also available. Compare this with Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

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Projections of Education Statistics to 2023

This annual tome provides both historical as well as forward-looking figures from the primary grades through college. Numerous tables and charts supplement this valuable planning tool.

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Demographic and Economic Profiles of New York Voters

With Tuesday’s primaries looming, you can find a great deal of data courtesy of the Census Bureau.

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The Election of a New UN Secretary-General

Usually shrouded in secrecy and featuring deal-brokering among many governments, the campaign for United Nations Secretary-General will be conducted this time with transparency. The eight announced candidates will appear before the entire assemblage to present their cases; it will be broadcast live on UN WEB TV. Their biographies, letters of recommendation, and vision statements are all here. More information can be found at: the Council on Foreign Relations, the BBC, the House of Commons Library, and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

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A Seaborne Librarian

Ever get the hankering to be a librarian aboard a ship? (We admit we do.) Read this informative piece – The Skinny on Cruise Ship Librarianship as well as The Floating Librarian: A Duke Librarian at Sea. Also, check out the Military Libraries Division of the Special Libraries Association. The Navy maintains more than 300 libraries aboard ships through its Navy General Library Program

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