I’ve been seeing claims of ALS fraud for a bit, from various websites. CharityNavigator.org (a nonprofit evaluation site) shows that 72.4% goes to “programs” which, according to the ALSA’s 2013 finanicial statement, include research incentives (around 28% of the total), patient services (19%) and public education (32%), and is rated 4/4 stars for being transparent and efficient with its revenue. The IRS Form 990 for 2013 shows that more was given out in research grants than all salaries and benefits combined.

In fact, if you’re curious, basically everything the ALS spent money on for the last 3 years is available via IRS documents here:http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/13-3271855/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-association.aspx

No matter what you think about the challenge, before you click share on the accusations that we’ve been hoaxed by donating the ALS. They’ve been clear on what they do with the money, and have a pretty good reputation for revenue efficiency.

Maker Camp, Part 1

Summer came, and I started scrambling. Summer Reading Program! Final semester! Finishing my internship! ALA Annual! Maker Camp!  Now, summer is over (or nearly – kids started back to school today in a lot of Pittsburgh), and I’m taking a brief moment to figure out what exactly I did this summer, and how I did it.

There’s only so much time in a week, as obvious as that sounds. But when lots of…

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A visit to MakeShop at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, library makerspaces, and the importance of maker educators: A blog post.

A visit to MakeShop at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, library makerspaces, and the importance of maker educators: A blog post.

The Value of Mentorships

There’s been a lot of discussion about mentors and mentoring programs around ALA lately, or at least I’ve picked up on more recently. As I’m about to graduate (pending the last few assignments), I’ve had the chance to think about the many people who have been my mentors over my short library career. They have been people who have been genuinely invested in my success, no matter what definition of…

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At the Gates, Without the Password

At the Gates, Without the Password

“You’re really well prepared. Most resumes for new MLIS grads need padding – yours is full of really great stuff.”

That was really nice to hear during the ALA resume review service two weeks ago. I had just gotten a callback for a second interview, and by the end of the conference had scheduled an interview at another location. One month before graduation, and everything seemed to be going really…

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ALA Annual - Quick Sum Up

ALA Annual – Quick Sum Up

I started writing this post  Saturday of the ALA Annual Conference, and I found myself once again in the Networking Uncommons. It’s a great spot, right in the middle of everything, and I was only filling  in for an hour, but I had already gotten  sound set up, found out about a Raspberry Pi-powered Readers Advisory box, and kind of a little bit hacked into the netbook that the Uncommons has…

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25 years ago June 4th, Tiananmen Square

"White men make up approximately 36% of the population, but commit 75% of mass shootings. What would be called terrorism by any other skin tone is suddenly some mysterious unnamed disease. We as a society are perfectly happy to further stigmatize mentally ill people, who are far more likely to be victims of violence than commit violence, in the service of protecting white supremacy and male entitlement."

The “Mental Illness” We Refuse To Name: White Male Entitlement | Constituative Outsider

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