From Collegedegree.com: Universities house an enormous amount of information and their libraries are often the center of it all. You don’t have to be affiliated with any university to take advantage of some of what they have to offer. From digital archives, to religious studies, to national libraries, these university libraries from around the world have plenty of information for you.”

http://www.collegedegree.com/library/college-life/100_extensive_university_libraries_from_around_the_world

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Check out this list of tips from Co-op America that you can implement in your home today and save up to 66 percent of the energy you currently use – saving you money on your electricity bill, and helping you live more lightly on the Earth.

http://www.coopamerica.org/pubs/caq/articles/summer2008/LevelOne.cfm

Perspectv is an exploration of internet activity in reference to mainstream media. All the chatter on the Internet, all the traditional news media coverage, and all the pollsters — Perspctv brings it all together in a simple and elegant manner. Explore the similarities and the disparities, hear the many voices that have emerged and choose which view, if any, makes the most sense to you. What we think vs. what they say we think — — and gives a unique “dashboard” picture of the elections at any one given moment in time, totally un-biased.

http://www.perspctv.com/#charts

If you’re looking to get some extra financial help with college–and who isn’t these days–FastWeb is a terrific free tool to help you find scholarships that match your unique profile.

http://www.fastweb.com/

Firefox Extensions

August 22, 2008

Ellyssa Kroski has culled the 2,000 extensions for Firefox and provided three lists that can be helpful for librarians and within libraries but they can be useful to normal people too. There are 40 extensions in each list and they run the gamut — have fun!

http://libtechtexas.wordpress.com/2008/01/07/firefox-extensions-for-libraries/

In case you want to go through all 2,000 add-ons to select for yourself, here’s the official Firefox add-on website:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

From the National Center For Education Statistics comes a report on the condition of education which takes a closer look at community colleges.

“Drawing upon a wide range of data sources collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the 2008 special analysis provides a descriptive profile of community colleges in the United States, examines the characteristics of community college students who entered directly from high school, and looks at rates of postsecondary persistence and attainment among community college students in general. It also compares the characteristics of these institutions and of the students who enroll in them with those of public and private 4-year colleges and universities.”

One of the selected findings includes: “One-third of 2004 [high school] seniors who enrolled immediately in a community college did so with no intention of pursuing any education higher than an associate’s degree; however, by 2006, almost 47 percent of this group had raised their educational expectations to start or complete a bachelor’s degree.”

See the study at: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/2008/analysis/

Each August, for the past 11 years, Beloit College, in Beloit, Wisconsin, has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. It is the creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and Public Affairs Director Ron Nief. The List is shared with faculty and with thousands who request it each year as the school year begins, as a reminder of the rapidly changing frame of reference for this new generation.

Check out the list and the text generalizing what this year’s students have and haven’t experienced at:

http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2012.php