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
Intergenerational Transfer of Cognitive Skills: A Two-Way Street for Adults and Their Children in California Library Literacy Programs
Findings from the FULFILL (Families Utilizing the Library For Improving Literacy and Learning) Study
Study conducted by
Drs. Barabara McDonald and Patricia A. Scollay
San Diego State Univesity
This study looked at experiences of people whose literacy use and literacy skills had undergone transition as adults when they decided to learn to read or to improve their reading in library-based adult and family literacy programs. The work comes out of a longitudinal interview study in which adult literacy learners in California public library programs and their volunteer tutors were interviewed once every year over a three year period.
Mae Foundation Homebuying Readiness Workbooks Adapted and Posted
partnership with the Fannie Mae Foundation, we have adapted the
Foundations excellent Homebuying Readiness workbooks.
There are two workbooks, one geared toward learners in Adult Basic
Education programs, the other written for English as a Second
Language learners. Each workbook has two versions, one for students
and one for teachers, which includes lesson plans and answer keys.
versions of these workbooks, complete with nearly 100 interactive
exercises and dozens of printable PDF versions of the worksheets
found in the workbooks.
Library Literacy Services
Gets New Logo, Website
California State Librarys library literacy division, California
Library Literacy Services, asked us to develop a new logo
and website for the wide-ranging division, which comprises four
major programs: Adult Literacy Services, Families for Literacy,
Mobile Library Literacy Services, and English Language Learning
website features profiles of all four programs and offers ways
for users to find library literacy services close to them as well
as getting involved as either learners or volunteers.
Literacy Website Is Now Searchable
The Nevada LINCS website,
Nevada Literacy, is now keyword-searchable.
This important feature is sure to boost usability of the Nevada
LINCS site, and well be looking into providing the same
feature for other LINCS sites in the Western/Pacific Region.
& Numeracy Special Collection Undergoes Redesign, Adds Audio
and What Is Science? Section
We just completed a
major redesign of the Science
& Numeracy Special Collection. The most readily apparent
improvement is a visual streamlining of the site, which has greatly
simplified the navigation, so learners will no longer be overloaded
with choices. In addition, we have begun to employ a web-design
language called Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which we've used
to improve typographic behavior throughout the site. In the coming
months we'll be working more with CSS to actually rebuild the
architecture of this site and other LINCS sites from the ground
up, an improvement that will take accessibility to a fantastic
new level. For example, there will no longer need to be a separate
text-only site, because a site built with CSS can accommodate
all kinds of browsers.
Another exciting development
is that we've added audio on selected pages, which will allow
learners to hear what is on the page as they read. Over the next
several months, we plan to expand the audio further throughout
the site. (And if anyone wants to give us several thousand dollars
so we can build a proper sound studio for recording audio, you
know where to find us!)
Finally, Susan Cowles
has added a great new section called "What
Is Science?" in which she interviewed several scientists
and collected their thoughts. This section includes a comprehensive
glossary that could be the standard for LINCS sites to come.
Collection Keeps It Simple
Matthew Scelza, director
of the ESL Special Collection,
overhauled the collection and made it much easier for learners
to get around. He asked us to develop a series of icons as we
redesigned the site. We don't get many opportunities to just sit
around and draw over here, so thanks, Matthew!