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Libraries in today's global world have emerged as key players in building a culture for reading in communities while enhancing the literacy development of children, youth, adults and seniors. Whether one lives in a modern city with sophisticated library services or in a remote region of the world where access to books and literacy services may be limited, librarians and libraries are contributing to the development of learning communities. This book captures some of the essence of this work in libraries in order to inspire and support all those who value the role of libraries in building global communities. The authors highlight the emerging role of libraries and community partners in literacy development and provide concrete examples via case studies drawn from global communities, demonstrating how libraries are working to support local literacies. They also suggest recommendations for supporting the critical role for libraries in supporting global literacies. The book will become essential reading for all those interested in literacy and libraries throughout the world.
The university subject librarians' role is at the centre of new models of teaching and learning, yet further debate and published contributions are still needed to shape its future direction. Subject Librarians: Engaging with the Learning and Teaching Environment assesses trends and challenges in current practice, and aims to encourage renewed thinking and improved approaches. Its editors and authors include experienced practitioners and academics. At a time of great change and increasing challenges in higher education this book offers directors of academic services, library managers, librarians and lecturers a chance to reflect on the key issues and consider the needs of the learning community. Subject Librarians: Engaging with the Learning and Teaching Environment also provides a perspective on current practice and a reference source for students of Information Management and Information Studies.
Generational Use of New Media examines and contrasts how younger and older people, representing different generations, engage with the new media that they increasingly encounter in everyday life. Exploring the various assumptions about the degrees to which younger and older people are more or less willing to use, or are capable of using, new media, the social circumstances under which they do so and the very design of those media, this book critically examines the gap that is assumed to exist between younger users of new media and older non-users. Thematically organised and offering comparative analyses of the generational use of new media and technology, this timely volume presents the latest research and rich new empirical material gathered in the EU, USA and Hong Kong, to reflect on societal practices and the practical implications of building a more inclusive information society.
Contents: Adult Learning, Democracy and Peace, Cultural Citizenship in the 21st Century, Minorities and Adult Learning, Universities and the Future of Adult Learning, The Multiplicity of Research on Learning for All , A Key for the 21st Century, Global Community of Adult Learning through Information and Documentation, The Politics and Policies of the Education of Adults in a Globally Transforming Society, Literacy in the World and its Major Regions, Literacy and Learning Strategies, Literacy, Education and Social Development, Literacy, Research, Evaluation and Statistics, Literacy in Multilingual/ Intercultural Settings, Literacy and Technology, Literacy for Tomorrow, Women s Education, Raising Gender Issues in Formal and Non-formal Settings, Work-related Adult Learning in a Changing World, Adult Environmental Education, Health Promotion and Health Education for Adults, Adult Education and Population Issues in the Post-Cairo Context, New Information Technologies, Museums, Libraries and Cultural Heritage, Adult Learning and Ageing Populations, Adult Learning for Prisoners, Making Education Accessible and Available to all Persons with Disabilities, The Economics of Adult Learning, Enhancing International Cooperation and Solidarity, The Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning, The Agenda for the Future, Final Report of the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education.
Presents an annotated bibliography of multicultural books, organized into sections dealing with celebrations and culture, nomads and the homeless, literacy, books that bring people together, and multicultural books in series.
"This book investigates the relationship between local libraries and community development, from the historical roots of rural libraries to their influence on the literacy, economy, and culture of the surrounding region"--Provided by publisher.

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