Don't Forget to Return It: Libraries to Loan out iPads
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October 4, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. — When Mr. Williams means business, he is not kidding around. "He's pretty quiet, pretty serious," said Ashabur Rahman, a fifth grader at Glenn Elementary School who has him for math and science.
Les Bluecars are clean, green, chic and cheap. But Parisian pedestrians need to watch and listen outEt voil ! From the country that gave us the Vlib and by extension Boris Bikes say bonjour to the electric Bluecar. Hot on the wheels of Paris's self-service bicycle scheme comes Autolib, a car-sharing idea that the city claims is a world first. By 2013 officials hope to have around 5,000 Bluecars zipping around Paris, cutting noise and air pollution and discouraging car ownership. On a sunny Sunday on the Avenue Trudaine, the family-friendly part of the 9th arrondissement, a curious crowd ...
The city of Elk Grove has launched a free mobile phone application that gives access to city services, maps and news from an Internet-enabled cellphone. The new app is available for iPhones and Android phones and allows residents to:
CenterPoint Human Services and a statewide mental-health advocacy group are reaching out to teens in a four-county area with a real-time counseling service through their cellphones.
October 2, 2011
GAO-11-908, Streamlining Government: Key Practices from Select Efficiency Initiatives Should Be Shared Governmentwide, September 30, 2011
In Process Given continuing budget pressures combined with the focus on performance envisioned in the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, federal agencies need to identify ways to operate more efficiently. GAO was asked to (1) describe selected initiatives that federal departments are implementing to achieve efficiencies; and (2) identify key practices associated with implementing these initiatives, as well as selected state initiatives, that can be applied more broadly in the federal government. GAO reviewed agency documents and interviewed officials from the Departments of Homeland Security ...
September 28, 2011
Developers in Windsor, Connecticut are transforming a brownfield site into a $1 billion housing project, in the core of its corporate office center.
The system combines sounds, voice, and tactile sensation and was unveiled Wednesday by Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
Warren Karlenzig pays San Francisco a visit to tour its 15 "parklets", tiny urban public spaces carved out of underused road space or a couple of parking lots.
Massapequa Park will be the first Long Island municipality to use electronic sensors embedded in the street to detect illegally parked vehicles.
September 25, 2011
TWO years ago Sabina sold flowers on the street from a shopping trolley. Today she has her own storefront in Queens, thanks to a $1,500 loan from Grameen America, a microfinance institution based on Grameen bank, which was founded by Muhammad Yunus in Bangladesh. Since opening its first American branch in January 2008, Grameen has found fertile ground. It has lent more than $25m to 7,300 borrowers. At 15%, interest rates are high, but far less than a loan shark or payday lender would charge (the annualised interest on a payday loan is typically 400%, sometimes twice that), and there are no ...
Two planners with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reveal how they use GIS to coordinate their efforts, using the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan as an example.
September 23, 2011
Cisco has sponsored a number of "Travel Stations" to be tested in a handful of subway stops. Dan Nosowitz went down to Bowling Green to try one out.
San Francisco's grand experiment to see whether traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by micromanaging the supply of public parking through price manipulation took center stage Thursday at a...
September 21, 2011
More than 100,000 public records are available in the city of Sacramento's new online records library.
New site asks citizens for opinions, ideas on how federal government can make better use of its Internet properties.
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Cities from Fayetville, AR to Pendleton, OR are taking advantage of their public libraries as places to get input on important strategic initiatives.
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