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Will Trump Send National Guard to Haskell Free Library?

Since President Trump is obsessed with protecting the border, and recently ordered the National Guard to go down and help, he might also consider sending it up to protect the border between America and Canada inside a public library.


The Haskell Free Library, which opened in 1905 and includes an opera house, lies on the border of the United States and Canada. The entrance from Derby Line, Vermont, is on Caswell Avenue; the entrance from Stanstead, Quebec, is on Church Street. A black line demarcating the border between the two countries cuts diagonally across the reading room floor, which contains a mix of French and English books. Because you don’t have to go through customs to enter the library (as long as you exit the same way you entered), border patrol has caught some criminals attempting to use the library for nefarious purposes.

You enter the building through the U.S., but the circulation desk and most of the books are in Canada. The reading room is in both countries. The building’s unique layout may be why it was an attractive location for a Montreal man to smuggle handguns into Canada.

40-year-old Alexis Vlachos pleaded guilty to smuggling 100 handguns from the U.S. into Canada and using the library as a drop-off point.

The divided library is not an accident. According to the library’s website, the Haskell family purposefully built it along the border to promote cross-border interaction and friendship.

There is a line of tape dividing the American and Canadian sides of the building.

The U.S. Border Patrol says 11 people, including five children, were apprehended after they crossed into the United States on a sidewalk by a library that serves people from both Vermont and Quebec.

Though the American library side is monitored by Department of Homeland Security, still it might be a good idea to ask Trump to send couple of National Guards to assist. 

Trump Kills American Indians and Alaska Natives Education

Only 34 Percent of Tribal Libraries Have websites. Only 45 % of tribal libraries have a Facebook

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A tribal library must be designated by a tribe. Tribal libraries vary widely in size, collections, staffing, and function. They can include public, academic, and special libraries. Many libraries serve more than one role in a tribal community. Some may support reservation schools while also functioning as a public library. Tribal libraries do not receive any kind of base funding from the Department of the Interior, the federal agency charged with oversight of Indian Affairs. Tribal college libraries must meet accreditation standards and are therefore more likely to have one or more MLS librarians on staff. But often due to funding issues, many tribal libraries have no degreed staff. Most tribal libraries are not recognized within their states as public libraries and are therefore not eligible to receive state funding.

Many people living on tribal lands rely on tribal libraries for access to public computers and high-speed internet. In fact, tribal libraries are often the only source of free computers and internet access in the community.

Tribal libraries are sorely lacking in resources —not only financial resources but also technically trained and knowledgeable staff. Many tribal libraries rely primarily on the Institute of Museum and Library Services for funding. Few have been able to take advantage E -rate funds (“E -rate” is the commonly used name for the Universal Service Fund Schools and Libraries Program) or donations


· One hundred percent of public libraries offer patrons access to the Internet, but only 89 percent of tribal libraries could do so. 

· One hundred percent of public libraries offer patrons access to public computer workstations, but only 86 percent of tribal libraries could do so. 

· 68% of tribal libraries in could provide free public WiFi, as compared to 86 percent of rural public libraries; however, only 17 percent of tribal libraries were able to provide WiFi access when the library was closed. 

· Only 36 percent of tribal libraries could offer e-book access, as compared to 76 percent of public libraries, and only 11 percent of respondent tribal libraries were able to support remote access to e-books.

· Only 46% of tribal libraries offered access to licensed electronic databases (such as journal indices, science learning tools, and genealogical data) as compared to 98 of rural public libraries.

· Only 34% of tribal libraries have a website. 

· Only 45%of tribal libraries have a Facebook page.

There are few tribal libraries with full function buildings and websites, such as the Fort McDowell Tribal Library in Fort McDowell, Arizona. Oregon and neighboring states are host to number of tribal libraries, also Library of Congress and some other academic libraries are hosting tribal collections. 

When Tribal Colleges Lack Resources, it’s Graduation Rates Suffer

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Only 13.6% of American Indians and Alaska Natives have a college degree, compared to 28% in other racial groups.

 35 TCUs enroll nearly 28,000 full- and part-time students annually

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), also known as tribally controlled colleges and universities, or TCCUs, are institutions of higher education formally controlled, sanctioned or chartered by the governing body of an American Indian tribe or tribes where Native American culture, language and tradition are fostered. TCUs serve a diverse group of 88,000 students in academic and community-based programs and actively work to preserve Native American languages, promote tribal sovereignty and further economic growth for Native American people. Native Americans (both American Indians and Alaska Natives) comprise only 1% of the U.S. undergraduate population and less than 1% of the graduate student population.

The first tribal colleges were established in the late-1960s in the wake of the civil rights and the American Indian self-determination movements to increase access to higher education for young people growing up on reservations.

Low number of TCUs participate in the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), from where the researchers pulled the data.

American Indian College Fund’s 8.1 million annual scholarships help 4135 American Indian students. 

The College Fund website states that unemployment rates on reservations can be as high as 85%. Native youth face some of the lowest high school graduation rates nationwide and have the lowest educational attainment rates of all ethnic and racial groups.

Because tribal colleges are open to all high school graduates, real eligibility is determined by their finances. Students receiving financial aid can lose their funding if a college doesn’t provide necessary classes within a certain period. 

Some of the more isolated tribal colleges are seeing declining enrollment due to the stressors that are going on in the communities, the drugs, lack of finances, resources. There is really a very rich cultural environment, but the poverty and lack of resources is debilitating.

The clear majority of TCUs in the United States are founded and chartered by their respective American Indian tribes, which hold a special legal relationship with the federal government, actualized by more than 400 treaties, several Supreme Court decisions, prior Congressional action, and the ceding of more than one billion acres of land to the federal government, says American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), 

The FY 2018 Budget Cuts to the basic institutional operating budgets of the nation’s only tribally chartered postsecondary career and technical institutions (Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, NM and United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND), as well as the Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Education’s postsecondary institutions (Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS and the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM); and Complete elimination of two small but vitally important grant programs: TCU Essential Community Facilities grant program in USDA-Rural Development (which would be consolidated with a larger rural community facilities program) and the NASA-TCU Program, which would presumably be eliminated if NASA’s education program is eliminated. These programs help the TCUs to offer safe and modern campus/community facilities and vitally-needed STEM education, internships, and career development for their students.

Additionally, several other higher education programs are targeted for substantial cuts that would greatly impact the TCUs, including of deep cuts to TRIO programs, GEAR UP, Federal Work-Study, and the elimination of Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG).

Pell Grant recipients at TCUs are nearly 80% of the student population, only two TCUs participate in the federal student loan program, so many students cannot attend without additional financial assistance.

Other problems facing Tribal Colleges and Universities: Long commutes (the average commute for a TCU student is 30-100 miles one way, and there is little or no public transportation available in remote reservation areas—requiring impoverished students to have access to a vehicle); and social issues including self-esteem issues and high rates of suicide on reservations due to unresolved historical trauma. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death amongst Native Americans ages 15-24, according to federal statistics.

Shakedown LC – Gnip – twitter triangle, follow the money

What’s behind Library of Congress decision to stop archiving Twitter

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As an active Library of Congress citizen archivist, I was surprised when we got the LC Twitter about the elimination of the Twitter archive project in the Library of Congress. As a shaker, I researched and traced the path the project took since its starting until reading that twitter. It started with two-page agreement signed April 2010 between Twitter General Council, and Librarian of Congress. In December 2017, LC issued an update on the Twitter Project, stating “As the twelfth year of Twitter draws to a close, the Library has decided to change its collection strategy for receipt of tweets on December 31, 2017.” I encourage you to read this document from bottom up, until you arrive to the following statement: “manage taxpayer-provided resources wisely” because if shakedown these words, lots of money will show up:

First: In the initial Agreement, last close, it mentioned that Twitter has the right to terminate and deal and TAKE BACK all physical properties.

Second: After the Agreement, Gnip “partnered” with both Twitter and the Library of Congress to “manage” the transactions of twits from the first to the second. In return, Gnip had the right to “reserve” some of the twit into its database and “sell” it to customers. Gnip is first Twitter authorized data reseller to developers.

Third: Twitter then bought Gnip for unknown amount in 2014, then cut its relation with Datasift to establish its own big data business.

Library of Congress announcement of ending Twitter Archive Project was full of unsolved mysteries:

Never mentioned details of the agreements, parts involved, money transactions, and most important: Data detention. The Library of Congress did not explain how it will “select” and “keep” Twitter data in the coming days, did not also explain how it will handle its own 1.6 Million Twitter’s followers and their Twits. 


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National Ocean Service Library

Who has the right to cancel "know Your Rights"

Is Arlington Heights Memorial Library (ILL) Racist?

Lately, I went with my husband and teen boy to the library to renew his passport. Yes, you read it right "to renew his passport" as we do everything related to our "citizenship" in our library. My husband and I worked in Arlington Heights Memorial Library for years back in the 1990s. Library then used to be run by librarians, as I read and hear it is now run by some Board members and librarian have no say but to follow. I don't have a problem with that, but when it comes to cancelling a major learning program for a political or "business collusion" reason I do have an issue. Many libraries across USA lately cancelled "Know Your Right" programs aim to teach immigrants their rights. Why?

Scientists Spotted Seven Alien Planets

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I love science, especially anything related to space. My parents bought me a telescope from Bonanza. I always keep up with the latest news about space. I read that scientists discovered seven Earth-size alien planets orbiting one dim red star this year, and a lot of other strange exoplanets — ranging from an Earth-size ice ball to the hottest planet ever found and many more, plus a star that seems to have gobbled up something like 15 rocky worlds.

If you like space science like me, read the full article Here, and if you live near by Alexandria Virginia stop by and share with me exploring the space with my telescope.

< ------- I am at home preparing and testing my telescope before going at night and use it.

Help Library of Congress historical newspaper project

 My sons need YOU

Can you help identify illustrations and provide captions in WWI-era newspapers?
Try this pilot crowdsourcing application! 

Library 2018 Trends



 Librarians respond to issues and identify trends that are of importance to the community. Books and digital resources support educational goals from early literacy through lifelong learning. Free library programs provide learning opportunities and entertainment for children as well as adults. Library collections include books and resources that represent the diversity of people, cultures, and the faraway places that make up the world we live in. 

Troubleshooting Database Connection Problems

 Georgetown Law Library put together online troubleshooting guide regarding Database Connection Problems. That guide provided resources to help troubleshoot problems with databases and any electronic resources available through steps and tips help identify potential problems and find possible solutions. 

The online guide provide also a basic information about what is a URL, Browsers, etc.

Librarian Problems

Librarian Problem is a unique Tumblr/Facebook site. Librarians and library users can upload their own videos telling the audience about an issue or problem using library or books, or any issues related to the library business.

"I'm a librarian...and I've got problems too." That what the owner of the site said in the "About" section.

The Facebook site attracted 28,219 followers since started almost a year ago. Each of its Tumblr posts got hundreds of notes through Facebook Comments Plugin. The site also has a Twitter account, but it attracts fewer followers.

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