Local Community Information Resources and Literacy Development: How to Use Community Information to Improve Literacy
Literacy comes in many forms. It involves reading, writing, and awareness of a holistic community. Communities offer vital sources useful in improving areas of literacy. Recently folklorists, sociologists, community psychologies, and community planners have aided in our understanding of community. Presentation discusses how school librarians and teachers can better access and integrate community resources into their collections, services, and instruction and in so doing enrich the lives of students by providing a sense of place and belonging while at the same time promoting and improving literacy Educators and school librarians do not often know how to integrate community life into the school environment and how to use community resources effectively to increase students' learning and to help them understand how to access community information. Presentation will lay a foundation for understanding the role of community as a resource for literacy. The presentation will focusing on the community as a continuing reservoir of information involving people, history, technology and the roles people play in the ever unfolding dynamics of community life. Models such as that developed by T. Brake for the British Library will be offered guidance to school librarians and teachers in how to better use of community resources both as instructional and informational materials and as means for promoting students' cultural and social learning, and their involvement in citizenship development.
In recent time the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) have come to play a fundamental role in how information is designed, presented, and acquired. Teachers and librarians now have a vast array of community resources in many formats at their fingertips. The question now is how to select, organize, and teach the use these resources to promote the literacy development, as well as community involvement, and citizenship responsibility. This presentation will address some of these issues.
Keywords: Community Information, School Libraries, Instructional Methods, Classroom Teachers, Information Organisation
Dr. Bill Lukenbill
Professor, School of Information,, University of Texas at Austin