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Library Journal

Reviewed on March 15, 2011

In this beautiful, heartrending, yet horrifying film, North Koreans tell their stories of imprisonment, sexual slavery, torture, murder, and escape to China or South Korea during the nearly 50-year regime of Kim Il Sung (1912–94). The interviews are illustrated through the interspersion of dance sequences, archi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2011  |  Digital Resources

Grade Level The planning options for a high school curriculum mean the database can be useful for students as young as middle school, but adults considering career changes wouldn't find the interface too simplistic. Cost A site license for a single school or library starts at $595 for the English language-only version, with discounts for multiple sites available. Licensing includes promotional materials, a monthly newsletter, training, and ongoing support. You can toggle to a Spanish-language version when you purchase the bilingual U.S. interface for $795 a year. Overview While many students begin exploring career options by considering the occupations of friends and family, part of the role of a guidance counselor and high school teacher is to expand that spectrum of possibilities. Career Cruising is an apt name for a suite of career and educational planning tools that can help students explore and revisit a host of potential jobs, while streamlining the job search process as well as college applications. Created by Toronto-based Anaca Technologies, the database lets students dip in and out of a wide range of occupational options, saving their responses alongside supplementary materials, such as letters of recommendation and work samples, in a personalized online portfolio. The resource can be integrated into a school's existing long-term planning and guidance efforts and nicely supports research projects into potential careers. Look and Feel The entire database features intuitive navigation between screens, with digital breadcrumbs back to interest inventory results or to wider career clusters, obviating the need for much browser-based navigation. The interface allows students to bookmark careers as well as colleges of interest, and its online nature means students can return to their work wherever they have Web access. Accessible to most web-savvy students, Career Cruising handily defines terms like freelancing ("which means that they are hired by producers on a project-by-project basis"), which are sometimes difficult for students to grasp. How It Works The Career Matchmaker uses three quizzes (ranging from a minimum of 39 up to 116 questions) to determine an individual's potential job recommendations. The easy-to-use interface auto-enters your response as you tick one of five corresponding Likert-scaled options for each statement. The database clearly demonstrates how Matchmaker questions map to each corresponding profession and divides the recommendations within 16 different career clusters. For increased precision, students can also limit their matched careers in terms of the level of education they are willing to undertake. The database becomes even more valuable when incorporating the results of a second inventory, this one representing students' self-reported level of skill in a variety of general areas such as math, note taking, or paperwork. The skills option lets users gauge the careers that best reflect their comfort in terms of their existing aptitudes and talents, using a five-point scale ranging from a very good match to a poor one. A 20-question learning style inventory rounds out Career Cruising's integrated assessments. In addition to the occupational matches suggested post-assessment, students can search for a specific career outside the recommendations to see why it doesn't correspond with their responses regarding the interest or skill set inventory. Those determinations are divided into central and secondary aspects of each occupation, with a visual representation of the survey responses reflected using traffic-light indicators of red, yellow, and green. Those cues make Career Cruising particularly persuasive when considering whether the affective aspects of a position will be the right fit for a given student. Students can also browse by careers related to their favorite subject, or military or trade-based careers, narrowing by military branch or industrial sector, two areas of interest at my...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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