Literacy

Tools for teaching media and information literacy

Mock Turtle writes "To celebrate International Literacy Day (which was September 8) and the beginning of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012), Canada's Media Awareness Network web site currently features practical Internet and media literacy resources that public and school libraries can use in their programming. The site includes interactive tools such as "Jo Cool or Jo Fool," in which students tour a set of mock web sites and test their surfing savvy."

The BBC News StyleGuide

David Dillard writes "The BBC News StyleGuide[pdf]. An excellent overview of the BBC News StyleGuide may be found in this
document
written by Melvin Block.
The book has an English accent, but it provides pointers that can also
benefit newspeople on this side of the ocean. After all, or before all,
the Brits helped create our language. -- Read More

Decline in reading hurts publishers

Peter Murray writes "The United States (of course) isn't the only country facing a decline in reading with competition from other media. The Hindu Business Line has an article with the title 'Satellite TV, piracy hit publishing cos' about how a publisher is working with librarians to address the issue."

They say decline in reading habits, spiralling cost of production, piracy, proliferation of cheap quality books and onslaught of satellite TV channels have been cutting ground from under publishing industry's feet

@ Your Library campaign goes graphical

Peter writes "Silver Bullet Comics has a story titled American Library Association Teams with DC Comics to Create Sandman Poster and Bookmark. ALA has a press release as well (scroll down to the heading "Gaiman's Sandman promotes reading and libraries"). From the article:

"As graphic novels become a more important category for libraries, Sandman is a perfect choice to attract readers and we're glad to be working with the ALA on this beautiful poster," said Paul Levitz, President & Publisher, DC Comics."

Celebrate Seuss and Give the Gift of Reading to Underprivileged Children

"Random House Children's Books, in partnership with First Book and the National Education Association (NEA), announced today the launch of a national literacy campaign dedicated to providing children from low-income families with their first, new books. The campaign is taking place in conjunction with the NEA's Read Across America celebration, an annual reading initiative designed to motivate every child in every community to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2nd" (from PR Newswire)

United Nations Launches Literacy Decade

"Gathering in the historic New York Public Library with its
100 miles of books, First Lady Laura Bush, U.N. officials, and President Natsag Bagabandi of Mongolia February 13 launched the United Nations Literacy Decade."

"The U.N. General Assembly declared 2003 to 2012 the Literacy Decade to address the needs of 860 million adults and 113 million children who are illiterate and give impetus to efforts to reduce the persistently high rate of illiteracy worldwide. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is the U.N. agency coordinating
activities for the decade." (from The Department of State)

Illiteracy is <i>really scary</i>.

Wired.com has this story about a new effort by the Horror Writers Association to support literacy. They are holding a benefit auction on eBay:

\"Among the items up for auction: a rare softcover advance copy (bound galley) of Thomas Harris\' The Silence of the Lambs issued by St. Martin\'s Press in 1988, the first U.S. hardcover edition of Clive Barker\'s The Damnation Game, and a bundle of limited-edition prints depicting scenes from Stephen King novels such as Carrie and The Shining.\"

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