Written by: Gillian Stellman and Vivienne Howse
- Lori Cook
Arts and Crafts are not just for children anymore! In 2011, Etsy.com, an online market for independent crafters, generated $525.6 million in sales thanks to its 17 million members and 800,000 shops.
- Lori Cook
100,000s of Americans who have lost their jobs or are currently underemployed are giving up on searching for jobs in their same old field and pursuing opportunities to turn their passion into a paycheck. They are embracing the familiar advice to just “Follow your Passion!” We love this advice because it is both daring and altruistic. It reminds me of the VonTrapps, in their matching lederhosen, hiking over the Alps to their new freedom with a bevy of nuns gloriously singing, "Climb Every Mountain." As Cal Newport says, it is “A big, bold move that changes everything: this is a powerful storyline.” But is it good advice?
- Lori Cook
“If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put into a blender, how would you get out?” | “Name 5 uses of a stapler without staple pins” | “What do you think of garden gnomes?”
A career research database with its Job and Industry Profiles section providing information on nearly 3,400 jobs and 94 industries, broken down into 16 Career Clusters created by the Department of Education. These profiles are presented through overview articles and videos. The Career and Industry Resources section includes more than 55,000 entries on scholarships, internships, and more, divided into easily browsable categories with searchable records. Videos: Nearly 300 videos introduce users to a wide variety of jobs, industries, and career development skills.
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This is a comprehensive and valuable collection of full-text education journals. Professional Development Collection™ includes full text for more than 520 high-quality education journals including: Booklist, Education, Education Digest, Education Week, Educational Leadership, High School Journal, Journal of Education, Journal of Educational Research, Phi Delta Kappan, Reading Teacher, School Library Journal, and many others. This database also contains nearly 230 educational reports.
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A high-quality customized set of 251 career related electronic books. Titles in the collection are focused on such topics as career selection, résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, changing careers, test-taking strategies and more. Searching can be done across the entire collection and also in individual titles. Through the creation of a free account, users can take advantage of special OCLC NetLibrary features to save favorite titles and add personal notes about individual ebooks.
- Lori Cook