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Last call to have your voice included in the eMeasures Snapshot

This week we presented our preliminary findings for the eMeasures Snapshot Survey at the 2020 Library Library Advocacy and Funding Conference (LAFCON). From the preliminary survey results*, we have been able to see where the responding libraries are excelling and where there is room for improvement as we move forward.
Libraries excel at delivering quality programs and ensuring access to the materials. The data shows that responding libraries were able to pivot these vital services from in-person to online. 59% of responding libraries increased their electronic materials spending** and 79% increased their virtual content***. Interestingly, when asked how libraries promote their online services, only 1% of responding libraries used Google Paid Search to advertise****.
The eMeasures survey provides a better understanding of what libraries are capable of and where more support is needed.
Don’t miss your opportunity to have your stories and data included as we look at the future of libraries. We urge you to participate in the eMeasures Snapshot Survey today. The survey will officially close Tuesday, September 22.
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Posted on: September 17, 2020, 6:26 pm Category: Uncategorized

Free news literacy resources for everyone

Free news literacy resources for everyone

Misinformation and a lack of news literacy in the United States have created a crisis — an existential threat to our democracy. People of all ages urgently need news literacy skills to discern fact from fiction and become reliably informed voters and participants in our nation’s civic life.

To meet this crisis, the News Literacy Project is thrilled to announce that we are expanding our commitment to news literacy education beyond the classroom!

Today, NLP is unveiling free tools and resources that are accessible to all, including a customized version of our signature e-learning platform, Checkology®. These resources will help users learn how to identify credible information, seek out reliable sources, understand both media bias as well as their own, and apply critical thinking skills to differentiate fact-based content from falsehoods.

Learn more about Checkology for all and click here to register!

Learn more about Checkology for all!
Put news literacy tips and resources into action by joining us on Thursday, Oct. 8, for a Lunch and Learn with Peter Adams, NLP’s senior vice president of education. Peter will explore recent trends in viral misinformation and how to spot them. He will introduce resources for debunking falsehoods and strategies for talking with friends and family members who share them online. Click here to register.

More NLP resources for the general public:

  • New podcast: Every Wednesday through mid-November, tune into season one of our new podcast Is that a fact?, featuring experts who address the question, “How can American democracy survive and thrive in our toxic information landscape?” Listen here.
  • Get Smart About News: Adapted from our popular free newsletter for educators, The Sift®, this weekly publication features timely examples of the most widespread rumors, hoaxes and conspiracy theories and debunks them to help readers navigate the complex information landscape. Subscribe here.
  • Informable®: Our mobile app is a fun way to help people of all ages become more news-literate by practicing four distinct news literacy skills in a game-like format using real-world examples. Download here.
  • Democracy depends on us: To combat election misinformation, we are launching a nationwide nonpartisan education campaign. Watch the public service announcements, explore our resources and learn more at

As champions for news literacy education, you are essential in the fight against misinformation. Please explore and share our resources and let us know what you think.

For a future founded on facts,

The News Literacy Project



Posted on: September 17, 2020, 1:00 pm Category: Uncategorized

New Data Report on Adult Numeracy in the United States

New Data Report on Adult Numeracy in the United States

“From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES):

White adults make up the largest percentage of U.S. adults with low levels of numeracy, 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, September 1, 2020, entitled Adult Numeracy in the United States.

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

The findings include the following:

  • Sixty-three million U.S adults possess low numeracy skills in English.
  • U.S.-born adults make up 76 percent of adults with low levels of numeracy skills in the United States.
  • Non-U.S.-born adults comprise 24 percent of the population with low numeracy skills.
  • White adults make up 39 percent of U.S. adults with low levels of numeracy, followed by Hispanic and Black adults, who make up 28 and 26 percent, respectively

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 numeracy results are for numeracy in English.

Report Resources

Posted on: September 17, 2020, 6:42 am Category: Uncategorized

Using Integrated Library Systems and Open Data to Analyze Library Cardholders

Using Integrated Library Systems and Open Data to Analyze Library Cardholders

Using Integrated Library Systems and Open Data to Analyze Library Cardholders

The Harrison Public Library in Westchester County, New York operates two library buildings in Harrison: The Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building (the library’s main building, located in downtown Harrison) and a West Harrison branch location. As part of its latest three-year strategic plan, the library sought to use existing resources to improve understanding of its cardholders at both locations.

To do so, we needed to link the circulation data in our integrated library system, Evergreen, to geographic data and demographic data. We decided to build a geodemographic heatmap that incorporated all three aforementioned types of data. Using Evergreen, American Community Survey (ACS) data, and Google Maps, we plotted each cardholder’s residence on a map, added census boundaries (called tracts) and our town’s borders to the map, and produced summary statistics for each tract detailing its demographics and the library card usage of its residents. In this article, we describe how we acquired the necessary data and built the heatmap. We also touch on how we safeguarded the data while building the heatmap, which is an internal tool available only to select authorized staff members. Finally, we discuss what we learned from the heatmap and how libraries can use open data to benefit their communities.

by Greg Sohanchyk and Dan Briem

Posted on: September 17, 2020, 6:26 am Category: Uncategorized

LEGO Education Releases Middle School Lessons and Teacher Guides


LEGO Education Releases Middle School Lessons and Teacher Guides

“LEGO Education is priming to help teachers in the new school year with initiatives intended to serve learning, whether it takes place in person or remotely. New programs include STEM lessons that include physical movement; downloadable teacher and parent guides; and a new online teacher community. Although the resources are all available at no cost, some may require access to LEGO or other products that aren’t free.

A new unit called “Training Trackers” will teach core science and math concepts using with LEGO’s LEGO Education SPIKE Prime, intended for use with middle schoolers. The unit has seven lessons focused on physical science and data, including new coding blocks that improve on data collection and visualization. In the lessons students learn about kinetic energy, speed, potential energy and other concepts as they “stretch, walk and squat-jump,” to collect data for analysis and interpretation. Each lesson plan identifies which learning stages can be completed asynchronously or in person, for hybrid learning scenarios.”


Posted on: September 17, 2020, 6:13 am Category: Uncategorized

Dave Snowden’s Rules of engagement

Rules of engagement

Rules of engagement

“Guidelines for conflict

You don’t have to agree with everyone and respect for a person does not entail respect for an idea, method, or tool – so feel free to call things out but:

  1. No ad hominem attacks (look at the NPA policy on Wikipedia for some guidance here)
  2. No passive-aggressive attacks
  3. No innuendo or indirect references – be honest; if you think someone is wrong then call them out directly so they can respond
  4. Sweeping condemnations of classes of people are generally a bad idea; it tends to be taken personally
  5. No claim to authority (I have done 100+ engagements, let me tell you … etc.)
  6. Don’t deflect: if a point is made, answer it don’t try and shift the ground to somewhere you are more comfortable
  7. Don’t restate the other person’s point of view, that almost inevitably creates a straw(wo)man argument; better to say “Is this what you meant?”
  8. Always remember you might be wrong, only partially right, right but ahead of your time etc. etc.
  9. You don’t have to have the last word, but yes we know that is difficult
  10. Remember the difference between a dichotomy and a dialectic – in the later resolution of differences mostly creates something new.
  11. Metaphors can be cruel a rhetorical device, use them sparingly (OK in general explanation of a complex idea that is different)  I refer here to associating people and their ideas with bad stuff
  12. Don’t say “research has shown” unless you can back it up and it’s not a good tactic anyway as you may get called out.  You carrying out a few interviews is not research.
  13. Adding a smiley face to an ‘on the edge’ comment is not a good idea (see rule 2)
  14. Avoid delivering moral lectures to other participants in group chats, you are unlikely to really occupy the moral high ground anyway and it just pisses people off
  15. Critically, remember sensitivities, educational background, experience etc.  Again Wikipedia says ‘Don’t bite the Newcomers’, respond in kind don’t escalate.  If you don’t know about epistemic injustice read up on it before engaging.
  16. Critically if you see someone else playing these games, call them out rather leaving it to the target

If you decide to criticise (or even attack) someone else’s ideas then you need to be resilient enough to handle the response and ultimately (Wikipedia is again good here) if you can’t engage properly then its OK to exclude some people.  Calling out behaviour which breaks these rules is not an ad hominem if you show evidence”



Posted on: September 17, 2020, 6:03 am Category: Uncategorized

The digital divide has left over 40 million Americans without access to reliable internet. The pandemic has kickstarted initiatives to change that.

The digital divide has left over 40 million Americans without access to reliable internet. The pandemic has kickstarted initiatives to change that.



Posted on: September 16, 2020, 6:59 am Category: Uncategorized