Literacy

Setting a Reading Record While Running a Bookstore

Amanda Patchin, 27 year-old owner of Veritas Fine Books, Garden City, Idaho, wants to increase the numbers of readers in this country. Her goal is to read 200 books--79,349 pages--this year. The marathon read is Patchin's response to the bad news about reading habits as summed up in last year's NEA report, "To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence." One of the findings was that young Americans spend an average of only seven minutes a day reading for pleasure.

The story in the Idaho Statesman, tells about Patchin's goal, and a blog she is starting in connection with reaching her goal...200 books, where she sums it up this way: "200 books in 2008. Selected from Everyman's Library. Reading while caring for a toddler and a new baby and running a small business. With daily blog posts chronicling the attempt. Yeah, I'm nuts."

Blind kids in the UK 'lose out over books'

The BBC Reports Blind and partially-sighted children face long delays in getting the school books they need, a charity has warned.
The RNIB said few books were published in braille or large print, meaning pupils with sight loss were missing out both educationally and socially.

‘Suitcase libraries‘ to fight family illiteracy in South Africa

THE Knysna municipality has introduced a “suitcase library mission” as an integral part of its Family Literacy project. Library staff will pack a consignment of books into a suitcase, which they then take to pre-schools with low levels of literacy among teachers, caregivers and parents. Library staff will demonstrate to the adults how to read stories to youngsters.

“If some of the parents cannot read, an assessment is conducted and they will be advised to join a literacy class. We are in the process of arranging for a librarian with literacy qualifications to be appointed in order to facilitate literacy sessions,” said Xolani Frans, who was recently employed as the new manager for the Knysna municipality‘s libraries, heritage, arts and culture department,

UNESCO and IFLA launch Information Literacy Logo Contest

UNESCO and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) invite everyone to propose an international Logo to identify the work on information literacy. The aim of creating this Logo is to make communication easier among those who carry out information literacy projects, their communities and societies in general. The Logo will be available free of charge and promoted as an international symbol of information literacy.

Novel way to increase library use

A mayor in Spain who pays children one Euro per hour to read at the local library in an attempt to keep them in school.
The CBC Says Agustin Jimenez, Socialist mayor of the agricultural town of Noblejas in central Spain, is recommending the town's children be given a euro - the equivalent of $1.50 - for every hour they spend reading in the local library. The sweetener is part of a string of measures to be voted on by the Noblejas council in March.

Librarians' Sport of Choice

Librarians' sport of choice: Teaching information literacy through fantasy football. Paul Waelchli, C&RL News, January 2008.

"Librarians want students to effectively identify and evaluate information and make decisions based upon what they discover . . . . One library, University of Dubuque, did just this by teaching fantasy football research to incoming student athletes."

The "Google generation" not so hot at Googling, after all

The British Library and the Joint Information Systems Committee have released a report showing that "kids born since 1993 aren't quite the Internet super-sleuths they're sometimes made out to be." Story at Ars Technica.

ISU-based center to help librarians train info consumers

Teaching people to find, evaluate and use information effectively has always been part of a librarian’s job, but Ward wants to create a centralized one-stop shop to help. With a nearly $60,000 federal grant in hand, he aims to build the Illinois Center for Information Literacy at ISU.

“The idea is to have one place to see what is going on in Illinois in terms of information literacy,” Ward said.

‘Google Generation’ is a myth, says new research

Gary Price Points Out This report shows the many roles the info professional can and needs to play in an age when many think all answers are only one-click away. Btw, Google is a name grabber but this paper is more about online and web info in general.

White bread for young minds, says university professor

Google is “white bread for the mind”, and the internet is producing a generation of students who survive on a diet of unreliable information, a professor of media studies will claim this week.

In her inaugural lecture at the University of Brighton, Tara Brabazon will urge teachers at all levels of the education system to equip students with the skills they need to interpret and sift through information gleaned from the internet.

She believes that easy access to information has dulled students’ sense of curiosity and is stifling debate. She claims that many undergraduates arrive at university unable to discriminate between anecdotal and unsubstantiated material posted on the internet.

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