Escape From Public School Nation

I would like to thank Pam Slim from “Escape from Cubicle Nation” for the inspiration for this post. Slim penned her now famous blog post in which she wrote to CEOs, CFOs, and the like, as to why she was fed up with the corporate culture and how it sucked people’s souls from their bodies.

The intent of this post is going to be in the same vein but will focus on why I left the United States’ public school system. Yes, it could be considered a “rant” of sorts but I’m allowed to do that from time to time. It ain’t all rainbows and unicorns all the time, folks. Just note that this is not a rant on current U.S. public school personnel, as they are doing the best job they can with the resources they are given.

I will start with the big picture items:

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How to Recognize Spyware on Library Networks

Today, many people that do not have home based access to the internet make use of public library computers. In many cases, libraries may rely on volunteer help, as well as employees that do not have the training required to manage spyware and related security issues. Therefore, regardless of whether you work in a library, or you use their computers, it is very important to know how to recognize spyware.

Advertisements and Financial Servers

If you visit certain websites, you should not see popups unless the webpage indicates you will be seeing them. For example, banking sites, and bill payment sites should not make use of popups to market any type of product. Therefore, if you are planning to use the site, it is best to look for a safer computer, rather than risk having to deal with identity theft. You should also inform the librarian that you suspect the presence of spyware.

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Library and Other Apps for Children With Autism

In the recent months there has been a lot of buzz about apps. Everything from booking train tickets to checking the latest news are mostly done through apps these days. Libraries are no different in this regard. Smart phones and tabs, loaded with pre-installed apps, are available to many public library users, either for circulation or online use. Librarians too, on their part, are looking at the possibility to review apps and put their stamp of approval, Notwithstanding what you think is the best way to incorporate apps into programs and services, librarians largely agree that these apps are here to stay. The media is full of discussion on the amazing ways by which children with autism have embraced mobile and portable gadgets. Apps for autistic children have replaced the more cumbersome and expensive traditional technology.

There are several ways in which apps for autistic children can be incorporated in a public library setting.

Apps for special children can be used during a story session. For instance, autistic children have tactile defensiveness and they aren’t comfortable with glue, scissors, finger paint or other craft equipment. If they are handed a tab running a drawing app or doodle, it will enable them to participate in art and craft activities in an adaptive fashion.

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How to Find People Using Library Resources

You may be trying to find someone – old friends, family members, classmates. The conventional advice for finding those people is to go and usually use the public records, check the online presence of the person and so on. But what about going to the public library?

Why the heck would you go to the library to perform people search? Well, public libraries (most of them) have phone books i.e. phone directories of the major cities and states across the country. If you know where a certain person lives then this is a hugely useful resource to start researching.

Also, have you heard about city directories? Those are very useful if you know the person’s address and you need more information about him. Also, public libraries have an advantage in a way they contain older directories so you can see the person’s previous location which might come handy if that person moved.

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Library Research and a Recommended Search Strategy

A deep and continuing theme in American literature is the hero, who must leave society, alone or with one or a few others, in order to realize the moral good in the wilderness, at sea, or on the margins of settled society. Sometimes the withdrawal involves a contribution to society.

Taking a Tour

Your instructor may arrange a library orientation tour for your composition class. If not, you can join one of the regular orientation tours scheduled by the librarians. Unless you are already using the library frequently, a tour is essential because nearly all college libraries are more complex and offer more services than typical school or public libraries. On a library tour, you will learn how the library catalog and reference room are organized, how to access computer catalogs and databases, whom to ask for help if you are confused, and how to get your hands on books, periodicals and other materials.

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