Tag Archives: Literacy

This Ivy League College Holds The World’s Largest Academic Library | Grunge

By Richard Milner, Sept. 8, 2022 1:21 pm EDT

Stack of old books

Alright, it’s time to talk text. Way back before people assumed that you could compress meaningful explanations into Tweet-sized blurbs, people read these super long tweets called “books,” and, uh … oh, you know those? The truth is, judging by the numbers, plenty of people still love cozying up to a piece of fiction, non-fiction, paperback, hardback, whatever, and having some peace of mind. It’s estimated that book sales will rise to $129 billion in the U.S. in 2023 alone (via Statista). Publishers’ Weekly reports that unit sales rose from 757.9 million to 825.7 million from 2020 to 2021. That’s individual books, mind you, an insane figure considering all the bugbear “death of publishing” rumors of yesteryear.

Globally, literacy is at an historical high. Back in 1800, only 12% of the global population could read, as Our World In Data shows. As of 2016, that number was 86.25%. Some countries like Finland, Ukraine, and Czechia for all intents and purposes have 100% literacy rates, per World Population Review. This doesn’t mean that people in those countries or elsewhere are actually reading every day, but judging by the aforementioned publishing figures, it seems like folks still love books.

So how many books do you have in your personal library? If you have to pause and count them, then congratulations. But no matter how many you’ve got, you definitely have less than the Harvard University Library, which has a jaw-dropping 21.8 million titles (via Guinness World Records).

Source: https://www.grunge.com/998872/this-ivy-league-college-holds-the-worlds-largest-academic-library/

NEA – Read Across America

Open Your Books! NEA Celebrates Read Across America Day

“Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Readers” on March 1

WASHINGTON – February 26, 2019 –

“Meet Lilly Ann Granderson, a woman born into slavery who secretly teaches hundreds of other enslaved people to read. Or Julián, a young boy who dresses himself as a mermaid, using his Abuela’s curtain and potted fern. Both individuals are found in educator-recommended children’s books that reflect the diversity of today’s students and readers and are among the 36 books featured in this year’s Read Across America program.”

Source: NEA – Read Across America

The Challenge Facing Libraries in an Era of Fake News | National News | US News

See also these new guidelines, from last year, first revision for these in 15 years… http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework .. pass along to those who are having trouble with facts vs. fiction in a post-truth era.. literacy is at the core of Democracy, capital D…

In today’s environment, how might academic librarians rethink their roles?

Source: The Challenge Facing Libraries in an Era of Fake News | National News | US News

The Death of Cursive Writing | Vitae

Image: poster of The Mystery of Handwriting, a Handbook of Graphology, 1896 / Archie Gunn, artist.
Image: poster of The Mystery of Handwriting, a Handbook of Graphology, 1896 / Archie Gunn, artist.

Sad and mostly true, I suspect.. not sure why we ever thought not teaching students to write down something *in their own handwriting* was not something they would need, in life.. Perhaps humans do not need to ever write anything down anymore, or read anyone else’s handwriting, now that we have *smartphones* 🙂

“But now I’m starting to think the problem isn’t simply my imprecise handwriting, but that some students can’t read cursive at all.”

Source: The Death of Cursive Writing | Vitae