Author Archives: Alyson

Dispatches From the Stacks Has Moved

We’ve moved! Dispatches From the Stacks is now posting on the National Geographic News Watch blog. Click here to read our posts and other National Geographic news stories. Advertisements

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Pop Quiz on Climate Change? Teens Get an F (Earth Current)

Maybe your teenager is getting straight A’s in school, but there’s one topic she still needs to study up on: climate change. According to a recent poll conducted by Yale University, only half of teenagers believe that climate change is … Continue reading

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Celebrate Our Nation’s Libraries!

Barbara Ferry, Director, National Geographic Library I remember getting my first library card when I was about eight. My family couldn’t afford to buy many new books and my mom would drop me at the Public Library’s front door nearly … Continue reading

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NG Library Wraps Up Book Drive For Ballou

Earlier this week the National Geographic Society library wrapped up its book drive for Ballou High School. The drive was started after National Geographic library staff read a story in the Washington Post about a book shortage at the D.C.’s … Continue reading

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Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1878-2012?

We librarians love our collections. We don’t like to get rid of things (“Couldn’t that be useful to somebody?”) and we certainly don’t like to have them taken from us. That’s why it’s so upsetting to hear rumors that one … Continue reading

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Listening To Music: It’s In Your Genes (Earth Current)

How many hours a week do you spend listening to your iPod? The answer you give to this question may depend on your genes. Scientists at the University of Helsinki have published a study in the Journal of Human Genetics … Continue reading

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Website of the Week: National Science Digital Library

Doing science research? The National Science Digital Library is an online library which directs users to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics resources. Created in 2000 by the National Science Foundation, NSDL aggregates content from a variety of digital libraries … Continue reading

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Birds on the Brain

Winter may not be finished with us yet, but a quick look outside the window will tell you that the birds are on their way back – just in time for National Bird-Feeding Month. Hosted by the National Bird-Feeding Society, … Continue reading

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Magnificent Maps

It may be easy for those of us who are now living in an age of Google Maps and GPS to forget, but maps do more than just tell us where to go. For thousands of years, people have been … Continue reading

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Wild Animals of North America

A few days ago, a copy of Wild Animals of North America landed on my desk. This National Geographic book from 1918 contains 119 “animal biographies” written by naturalist Edward W. Nelson for National Geographic articles that ran in the … Continue reading

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