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November 2000


The "What's New!" page is intended to spotlight current news, events, publications, projects, and any other items that concern literacy and the Region IV Hub. Check out past issues under What's New Archives.

Huge Turnout Reported — for Easy Voter!

Easy Voter usage

Voters looking for easy-to-read information about candidates and California ballot propositions turned by the thousands to Easy Voter, the online home of the Easy Reading Voter Guide. Easy Voter wasdesigned to help new voters and busy voters in California learn about registering to vote, choosing a political party, and deciding how to vote, whether at the polling place or at home by absentee ballot.

Easy Voter reported an impressive 16,000 visits since its relaunch just three months ago. The chart above shows the month of activity leading up to the November 7 election. In the three days just prior to the election, the tally shot up by over 6,000 visits. (Image courtesy of Site Meter.)

Easy Voter and the Easy Reading Voter Guide also offers nonpartisan information about candidates, parties, and ballot propositions in language that is tailored for voters who have low literacy skills in English. There is also a section for voters who speak Spanish primarily.

Coordinated by Susan S. Clark, Easy Voter's content is based on research supported by the California State Library in grants to the Santa Clara County Library Reading Program. Special thanks go to the many adult literacy students from the California Literacy Campaign who helped design this material.

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NIFL Announces New Grantees for LINCS Regional Technology Centers and Special Collections

NIFL has awarded five new LINCS (Literacy Information aNd Communication System) Regional Technology Center grants. The grants are awarded for a three-year period beginning on October 1, 2000.

LINCS Regional Technology Centers and Lead Sites

Western/Pacific LINCS (Western/Pacific Literacy Network and Peninsula Library System)
Eastern LINCS (Pennsylvania's ABLENet)
Midwest LINCS (Ohio Literacy Resource Center)
Southern LINCS (Center for Literacy Studies)
• Northwest LINCS (Northwest Regional Literacy Resource Center) New Center! Web site coming soon!

LINCS Special Collections

The Special Collections are one-stop electronic gateways to specialized information on high-quality literacy practices and materials for use in adult education and literacy programs.

As of October 1, 2000, the LINCS Special Collections are maintained by the following organizations.

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