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New Data Summary: “Adult Literacy in the United States”

New Data Summary: “Adult Literacy in the United States”

“From the National Center for Eduction Statistics:

White and Hispanic adults make up the largest percentage of U.S. adults with low levels of English literacy, according to the most recent results of a survey on adult skills.

The National Center for Education Statistics released a new Data Point report today July 2, 2019, entitled “Adult Literacy in the United States.”

This Data Point summarizes what data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) show about adult literacy in the United States.

The findings include the following:

  • Forty-three million U.S adults possess low English literacy skills.
  • U.S.-born adults make up 66 percent of adults with low levels of English literacy skills in the United States.
  • Non-U.S.-born adults comprise 34 percent of the population with low literacy skills.
  • White and Hispanic adults make 35 percent and 34 percent, respectively, of U.S. adults with low levels of English literacy.

PIAAC is a large-scale international study of working-age adults (ages 16–65) that assesses adult skills in three domains (literacy, numeracy, and digital problem solving) and collects information on adults’ education, work experience, and other background characteristics. In the United States, when the study was conducted in 2011–12 and 2013–14, respondents were first asked questions about their background, with an option to be interviewed in English or Spanish, followed by a skills assessment in English. Because the skills assessment was conducted only in English, all U.S. PIAAC literacy results are for English literacy.

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Stephen

Posted on: July 21, 2019, 6:59 am Category: Uncategorized

Can reading make you happier? (This week in books)

Can reading make you happier? (This week in books)

Can reading make you happier? (This week in books)

“Can reading make you happier? The New Yorker has an awesome article about bibliotherapy and the extent to which books can improve happiness. This isn’t an opinion, it’s science. Studies have shown that reading activates the same regions of the brain as if the reader were experiencing those activities, people who read fiction are better at empathizing with other people, and people who read literary fiction are better able to guess what other people might be thinking or feeling.

But wait, there’s more:

Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.”

Posted on: July 21, 2019, 6:38 am Category: Uncategorized

Video series: how to build an app (and why you probably shouldn’t)

Video series: how to build an app (and why you probably shouldn’t)

In the first episode, he interviews the Adrian Hon, creator of Zombies, Run!, which has been downloaded over 4 million times.”

Stephen

Posted on: July 20, 2019, 6:32 am Category: Uncategorized

Social Capital for Libraries

Social Capital for Libraries

Social Capital for Libraries

Stephen

Posted on: July 20, 2019, 6:01 am Category: Uncategorized

The Walkman just turned 40 — here’s how listening to music has changed over the years

I’m feeling old . . .

The Walkman just turned 40 — here’s how listening to music has changed over the years

https://www.businessinsider.com/history-listening-to-music-recorded-walkman-2019-6

I think I’ve had every type listed here!

Video: The Sony Walkman Turns 40

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sony Walkman first portable cassette player. The TPS-L2 was a breakthrough in portable technology that changed the way people listen.

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Stephen

 

Posted on: July 19, 2019, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

What exactly is a university librarian? Glad you asked

What exactly is a university librarian? Glad you asked

Library association releases statement clarifying this evolving role.

https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/what-exactly-is-a-university-librarian-glad-you-asked/

Stephen

Posted on: July 19, 2019, 6:10 am Category: Uncategorized

Nielsen reports a record half a trillion on-demand music streams in U.S. so far this year

Nielsen reports a record half a trillion on-demand music streams in U.S. so far this year

Nielsen reports a record half a trillion on-demand music streams in U.S. so far this year

 

Stephen

Posted on: July 18, 2019, 6:57 am Category: Uncategorized