I had planned to write something semi-intelligent about the gamut of literacy needs we deal with these days. However, I’m just holding my head above the water of dealing with Miss4’s chicken pox and my other home responsibilities that it isn’t going to happen.
Suffice it to say that it is beginning to feel like information literacy isn’t the only thing the library is dealing with these days. When I began in the reference team back in 2001, I think we mostly dealt with information literacy type questions. Now, we face so much more. I can remember the arguments ..er.. frank discussions about whether we should be answering questions about Word or not. Now, the question is “can we have a training session on Word tips and tricks please, to help us at the desk?” I’m not saying this is good or bad, it’s just how things have changed.
I know that the population at MPOW have very low reading, writing and comprehension rates in some courses. There are ways this is being addressed.
It does concern me that young people are coming to us with such low rates of literacy.
It also concerns me when newsletters, reports and other communications from my son’s school come home with spelling mistakes, the incorrect use of words like loose, lose, there, their, they’re. Hmmm… maybe the two are related?
Since Miss4 is ranting about itchiness I shall leave you to discuss this topic amongst yourselves.