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8% of Librarians Believe Printed Word Will Be ‘Obsolete’ by 2050 | CNS News

8% of Librarians Believe Printed Word Will Be ‘Obsolete’ by 2050 | CNS News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Eight percent of librarians and media center specialists believe that people will be largely illiterate by 2050 as video and audio forms of communication completely replace the printed word, according to a 2012 survey.

The survey was conducted by Grimm and Parker, an architectural firm with offices in Virginia and Maryland that has designed over 20 libraries.

"The ability of computers and handheld devices to communicate verbally is advancing at an extraordinary pace. Some believe the days of the printed word are numbered and the transition to an entirely oral/verbal/visual culture is inevitable. Others have even predicted the total demise of literacy as early as 2050."

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/8-librarians-believe-printed-word-will-be-obsolete-2050#sthash.TaqxbSv4.qpW7HdmS.dpuf

 

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8% is not a large number!

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Cupertino, Sunnyvale residents spur book drive for African Library Project - San Jose Mercury News

Cupertino, Sunnyvale residents spur book drive for African Library Project - San Jose Mercury News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

United by a passion for books and reading, volunteers across the nation have made it possible for the African Library Project to deliver its one millionth book this month.

Founded by a Portola Valley woman in 2005, the nonprofit group was created to increase literacy in a country whose population has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world.

It was during a family vacation in Lesotho, a small mountainous region in southern Africa, that founder Chris Bradshaw realized establishing libraries could have a profound effect on increasing literacy. She began working closely with local teachers and community leaders, and it expanded from there.

Reaching the one millionth book "is a real statement about the people in this country and just what a generous spirit they have in wanting to help do good in the world and recognizing the importance of literacy for any civilization to progress," Bradshaw said.

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Increase of literacy via a book drive to Africa

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Reading Culture Still a Challenge as First Public Library Opens in Rwanda - AllAfrica.com

BY EMMANUEL R. KARAKE:

"Located in Kacyiru, just twenty minutes drive from the city centre, the new building which can seat over 300 people, is expected to change the poor reading culture in the country. The library has a book collection of over 30,000 copies on a variety of topics.

Education experts say Rwanda Public Library Services, which will also be launched today, is a timely intervention to address the poor reading culture in the country."

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Libraries Lobby Part 2 of 2 – Lydia Syson

Libraries Lobby Part 2 of 2 – Lydia Syson | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

@Saraathotkey:

"It was good to see lots of authors at the libraries lobby. I spotted @candygourlay and @markthomasjones in the crowd, and also one of our own Hot Key Books authors @LydiaSyson, the author of the forthcoming A WORLD BETWEEN US, a gripping love story set in the Spanish Civil War, inspired by her family history."

 

Lydia agreed to guest post for us about the event:

"Libraries are about stories, and dreaming, and travelling without going anywhere, and they’re also about literacy. And without literacy, there can be no political freedom. At the Speak Up for Libraries Rally today the writer Alan Gibbons made the point that libraries are a front line service. As it happens, another passionate speaker’s words had just got me thinking about a different front line: the front line in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-9, when an elected Republican government rightly saw literacy as fundamental to their fight against the Fascist uprising."

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Nashville Library Delivery Service Boosts Literacy - limitless libraries

Nashville Library Delivery Service Boosts Literacy - limitless libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Caroline Cournoyer:

"Instead of waiting for students to go to the library, which can be difficult since most aren't of driving age, Nashville Public Library is bringing the books to them.

Go Limitless Libraries!"

"With a few clicks, high school and middle students can check out books, DVDs and CDs online from Nashville Public Library and pick them up at their school."

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Using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LLRX.com

Using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LLRX.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"David H. Rothman continues to articulate and comprehensively document the case that a public national digital library system should serve people of all income levels and all ages, centenarians included.

 

Recommendation #1: Aim for a mix of electronic and paper books

Recommendation #2: Investigate the efficacy not just of different kinds of e-book content but also of ways to use it

Recommendation #3: Strive for appropriate hardware, software, and connectivity

 

Needed more than ever--and not just for the disadvantaged"

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Librarians helping parents with literacy skills | WLAC Local News #librarians

Librarians helping parents with literacy skills | WLAC Local News #librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Public librarians across the state are learning new ways to help parents increase the early literacy skills of children.
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From libraries to laundromats: Ingenious community partnerships promote literacy - EdSource Today

From libraries to laundromats: Ingenious community partnerships promote literacy - EdSource Today | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Galvanized by a national reading campaign, communities across California are launching innovative partnerships that are resulting in new early literacy programs in schools, libraries and even laundromats.

“There’s a lot of books here, really good books,” said 9-year-old Melanie Garcia-Macias, who sat with her back to a big red bookshelf at the end of a long line of washing machines at the Clean Express Coin Laundry in Richmond one recent Wednesday. A copy of “The Night Before Christmas” was splayed open on her lap.

“You can take one home, but you have to bring one back or bring one from your home to replace it,” she said. “I think it’s a pretty good plan.”

The plan – giving students free access to engaging titles while their parents fluff and fold – is just one of the ingenious ways communities are opening doors to literacy through the nationalCampaign for Grade Level Reading, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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In other communities, the campaign has had a more direct impact.

In Fresno, for example, the head of the public housing authority was so swayed by what he heard about the importance of reading on grade level by third grade that he formed a partnership with First 5 Fresno to bring Americorps volunteers into the housing developments and work with parents and young children on pre-literacy activities like reading together and creating artwork.

Stockton librarian Suzy Daveluy said she knew children in her city were struggling with reading, based on the number of help requests she got from parents. But she didn’t realize how bad the literacy crisis had become until she met with national campaign leaders.

“What I can credit the campaign with is opening my eyes up to some of the realities that our children are facing,” Daveluy said.

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Projects to address issues in the community > definitely a place for libraries to get heavily infested in!

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What a fantastic idea.

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Web Literacies White Paper, by MozillaWki

Web Literacies White Paper, by MozillaWki | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The purpose of this white paper is to define and contextualise what we mean by web literacies - and to inform activities for people wanting to work towards gaining those literacies., It also serves as a reference point for those who want to help create a generation of Webmakers, people who can ‘write’ as well as ‘read’ the web.

We see there being three steps to Web Literacies. First come Web Skills such as searching and using URLs appropriately. Two or more Web Skills combine into Web Competencies that we could call, for example, 'Browser basics' or 'Search Engine basics'. These are bundles of Web Skills for a particular purpose 'assessed' via a lightweight peer review system.

Finally, Web Literacies consist of a range of these Web Competencies - for example, 'Browser basics,' 'Search engine basics,' and 'Web mechanics'. In addition, some element of self-reflection is required here to realise that you’re now able to ‘Explore’ the web at a beginner level."


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“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project

“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The “Come Write In” initiative is a sub-program of NaNoWriMo that encourages writers, or Wrimos, to use libraries as writing studios during NaNoWriMo. The initiative is part active programming, part marketing campaign – meaning that libraries can get involved to whatever degree they are comfortable with and however works best for their programming schedule"

 

> Great initiative for libraries of the future!


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iPads Improve Kindergarteners' Literacy Scores - WebProNews

iPads Improve Kindergarteners' Literacy Scores - WebProNews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Joh Wolford:

"iPads Improve Kindergarteners' Literacy Scores WebProNews From Hack Education: But as Damian Bebell, one of the project's researchers argues, we can't just act as though the devices “arrive on parachutes” into a classroom and suddenly and magically..."


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Libraries: championing digital information on campus

Libraries: championing digital information on campus | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Alison Mackenzie explains how a new project is looking at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy (RT @dmlcentral: New project looks at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy)"

 

"The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) is working on a project to review the roles academic libraries are playing in developing the digital literacies within their own institutions, and across the information profession. Academic librarians have a long tradition of championing the effective use of information. The SCONUL project is designed to reveal how libraries and librarians are shaping their services to maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in a digital environment."

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More to libraries than just buildings « Robert Rams

"The following letter was published in today’s edition of The Barnet Press:

I agree with much of the sentiment of your editorial of October 27, “we cannot allow our libraries to go easily” but disagree with a central tenet of your piece – that the only way of measuring the success of a library service is by the number of buildings.

We have been clear that the heart of our library service has to be promoting reading and literacy, even if the means by which we promote these has changed."

 

 

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