Those in default on their loans can see their Social Security checks garnished, leaving them with retirement income that leaves them well below the poverty line,” he said at a committee hearing this week to examine the issue. “Some may think of student loan debt as a young person’s problem,” he said, “but, as it turns out, that is increasingly not the case.

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Libraries have always been a place to access rare, hard-to-find objects. Commercial books aren’t rare, hard-to-find objects anymore, so library collections are being used in different ways. We use ‘Big Data’—which in the library world is just called ‘data’—to analyze what items are in demand across the system.

Taking A Long-Overdue Sledgehammer To The Public Library | Fast Company | Business Innovation

Harvard students are smart people,” said Harry R. Lewis ’68, former dean of the College and current director of undergraduate studies for Computer Science. “They have figured out that in pretty much every area of study, computational methods and computational thinking are going to be important to the future.

CS50 Logs Record-Breaking Enrollment Numbers | News | The Harvard Crimson

It turns out younger adults read just as much as the older generation. However, 88 percent of Americans under 30 had read a book in the past year compared to 79 percent of people age 30 and older. And if you think the Millennial idea of “doing research” only entails reading a couple of Wikipedia pages, guess again. Pew found that young people are more likely to think that important information isn’t available online, to the tune of 62 percent of younger people compared with 53 percent of older Americans. This means that when your mom asks a question on Yahoo! Answers, she might actually believe the answer. So does that mean Millennials are hitting up the library when it’s time to write that term paper? Maybe, but they might not actually know what to do when they get there. While they’re just as likely as older adults to have used a library card in the past 12 months and more likely to have used a library website, Millennials are less likely to think that the closing of their local public library would affect them. Along with that, 36 percent of young people say they know little to nothing about their local library’s services, compared with 29 percent of older adults.

Is the library dead? The answer is complicated : T-Lounge : Tech Times

In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, America’s book publishers took an audacious gamble. They decided to sell the armed forces cheap paperbacks, shipped to units scattered around the globe. Instead of printing only the books soldiers and sailors actually wanted to read, though, publishers decided to send them the best they had to offer. Over the next four years, publishers gave away 122,951,031 copies of their most valuable titles. “Some of the publishers think that their business is going to be ruined,” the prominent broadcaster H. V. Kaltenborn told his audience in 1944. “But I make this prediction. America’s publishers have cooperated in an experiment that will for the first time make us a nation of book readers.” He was absolutely right. From small Pacific islands to sprawling European depots, soldiers discovered the addictive delights of good books. By giving away the best it had to offer, the publishing industry created a vastly larger market for its wares. More importantly, it also democratized the pleasures of reading, making literature, poetry, and history available to all.

Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War II - The Atlantic

To meet the ideals of the digital age — when information can and should flow freely across borders — the U.S. needs to set the highest possible standards, consistent with the country’s First Amendment tradition. In recent years, the U.S. has fallen short.

In the Digital Age, a Fight to Preserve the Right to Report | Mediashift | PBS

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (Gpen) looked at 1,211 apps and found 85% were not clearly explaining what data was being collected, and for what reason. Almost one in three apps were requesting an excessive amount of personal information, the report said.

BBC News - Most apps are ‘failing on privacy’, claims report

The Internet may have started out as a Defense Department project, but it has since become one of the world’s greatest forces for political, economic, and social change. That dual history should make it unsurprising that cyberspace will play a central role in the future of global conflict, but it should also make us a bit sad. War, even one fought with zeros and ones, will still remain a bitter waste of resources.

The War Of Zeros And Ones | Popular Science

“Most of the digital reading that students ‘practice’ is at home on Instagram, chat lines, Facebook and texting,” he said. “Since students are choosing to read and respond in these mediums, and since students have considerable prior knowledge and expertise in the subject matter, their engagement/comprehension is high.” The trick to being a good reader, no matter the medium, is being an engaged reader, a fact that Pennington notes is well-supported by research. “It’s pretty clear that good readers are active readers engaged with the text,” he said.

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | MindShift

Libraries are at the forefront of both access to information and, online, to academic publishing. The role of institutional repositories to enable access to what an institution produces is essential, and these repositories are increasingly open access. The Library of the 21st century, through its online repository/repositories, is transforming the role of academic publishing. Librarianship deals with the collection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information resources. Enabling access is what librarians do.

The Library of the 21st century, through its online repository, is transforming the role of academic publishing. Enabling access is what librarians do. | Open Access Button blog