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A recent survey shows many students from the so-called 'Google generation' lack the basic skills needed for online research, Wendy Wallace Says Many libaries have assumedyoung students have learned to use the internet for research simply by virtue of their age. But while many are proficient with Facebook and Wikipedia, they may not be information- literate. Many lack the skills to differentiate between authoritative information and amateur blogging.
"If I had to make a huge, sweeping, overgeneralized statement, guys probably read less - and less fiction - than women," says Jeff Garigliano, a senior editor at Portfolio magazine and the author of Dogface, a "guy" book about a punishing summer camp for kids who've been bad.
The reason men read less, Garigliano says, is that they think they should have outgrown the notion of make-believe, so they can't find as much enjoyment in fiction. When they do read, they tend to go for nonfiction and biographies. Just the facts, sir.
Where does the divide begin? And when?
Tomorrow morning on the Today Show, First Lady Laura Bush will act as guest host during the 9 am hour, participating in several segments, offering a tour of the Bush Family ranch in Crawford, Tex.,--and, with her daughter Jenna, discussing their new children's book, Read All About It! (HarperCollins, $17.99). Wonder if the shows ratings will go up...or down?
From the University newsletter, a story about Clarion students in a new program working with literacy students on reading skills.
Volunteers from Education 414: Literacy Training, taught by Dr. Kathleen Murphy, assistant professor of education, are paired with Literacy Council clients through an arrangement with the Clarion University Center for Teaching Excellence. Murphy is in her second semester of working with the project instituted by Dr. Brian Maguire, associate professor of education.
The agreement calls for 30 Clarion University students to participate, 15 each semester. They receive three college credits for a 50-hour commitment. The Literacy Council matches them with an adult learner, who they will work with over a 15-week period, providing tutoring either at the Clarion University’s Carlson Library or the Clarion Free Library and even some at the Clarion County jail. The Literacy Council provides books and supplies.
“This helps the college students in their teacher training through this service learning option,” said Tucker. “They get experience before they do their student teaching. On the other hand, it gives the non-traditional adult a way to get an education in a personalized situation, not in a normal classroom setting.”
From an article posted at AlterNet.org (no partisan politics involved in this one):
For centuries, travelers have crossed America to explore it, conquer it, settle it, exploit it and study it. Now, a small but righteous crew are traversing America in order to edit it. Jeff Deck, and his friends at the Typo Eradication Advancement League (Teal), are spending three months driving from San Francisco, California, to Somerville, Massachusetts, on a mission to correct every misspelled, poorly punctuated, sloppily phrased item of signage they encounter en route. Equipped with marker pens, stickers and white-out, they are seeking to scourge America's landscape of floating apostrophes, logic--defying syntax and other manifestations of laziness and/or illiteracy.
So, what do the signs say @
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The habit of reading to gain knowledge is dying fast but some librarians are determined to save it, News Watch Nigeria takes a look at the state of reading in Nigeria. On the reading habit of the average Nigerian student, Nwosu said many students are generally concerned how to pass their exams, rather than seek to acquire knowledge over a period of time. "Exam, the issue of how to pass it, is the pre-occupation of many students these days. But the truth is that you do not only need to read to pass, you also need to expand your view and broaden your knowledge base," he said.
Increasingly, the Ashland Public Library is becoming a place where the Navarretes and any family that wants to raise multilingual children can get help in those efforts.
Most Spanish-language and bilingual books used to be concentrated at Jackson County's main branch in Medford. But librarians are making more of an effort to make those books available countywide, said Perii Hauschild-Owen, a librarian in the Ashland Public Library's children's department.
Since our RIF story stirred up so much interest and debate, I thought LISNewsterz might enjoy another story on that very hot topic.
Here's one woman's opinion on the subject of reading. The woman is Theodora J. Kalikow, President of the University of Maine at Farmington. She concludes, like her mother before her (who wouldn't let her bring Mad Magazine into the house), that "Reading is dangerous. But not reading is even more dangerous."
And who doesn't love RIF? Since 1966, it's been a dynamic program providing books to underprivileged children and encouraging them to read; now its very existence is threatened.
According to Kevin Howell of Publishers Weekly, RIF's CEO and president Carol Rasco tells us that if Bush’s budget is approved, 4.6 million children will not receive 16 million free books in 2009. RIF has been funded by Congress and six Administrations without interruption since 1975. It is the oldest and largest children’s and family nonprofit literacy organization in the U.S.
Here's the website to take action on this issue: RIF Support.
As some librarians worry about the digital divide between rich and poor they sometimes miss a key component of that. The digital divide leads to a divide in skill sets as well. Not only will someone on the short side lose out on technological access, but they will lack the skills needed to find, assess, and ultimately utilize information.