November 1, 2014

Bristol’s Literacy Academy Bridges Digital Divide

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In Bristol, a city straddling the border of Tennessee and Virginia, the Bristol Public Library (BPL) is taking digital literacy training to the next level. The library employs a small staff of full-time teachers, who have made computer training a key component of BPL’s 25 year-old Patricia Freedman Literacy Academy (PFLA). The academy launched as a GED prep program in the late 1980s, and even then, it offered a small computer component for students who wanted to learn keyboarding, said BPL Executive Director Jud Barry. Computers have since become ubiquitous, and five years ago, BPL opened a new main library with a computer lab, where the teachers are available for one-on-one instruction five days per week.

Print Books, Basic Ebooks may Top Enhanced Ebooks at Fostering Literacy, Says Study

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While enhanced ebooks engage young children with their interactive elements, print or basic ebooks may be more effective for encouraging literacy.