Tapping into the Burgeoning World of Information


Information today is transparent and voluminous, yet these attributes create their own problems. An article on NorthJersey.com quotes Edward Owusu-Ansah, dean of the Cheng Library of William Paterson University, saying that today “it’s more complicated to search through sources to see what’s reliable.” Enter the librarians at William Paterson University, who act as quality control for researchers and are personally offering students everything from research guidance to writing workshops.

As print books are fading off the shelves, university libraries today are becoming spaces for collaboration, group work, and a sense of community. Recent renovations at the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz created “more open study space, more technology, and more gallery space.”

Sojourner Truth also delves “into every branch of technology—from social media to the creation of videos. They stream classic film and documentary videos, as well as music.

In these new ways, “college libraries are evolving to provide an enhanced environment that meets the challenge of providing access and the means to tap into the burgeoning world of information.”


By Peg Sandkam



International Literacy Day Done Right!


A Little Free Library (LFL) was installed in front of the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Barksdale Road headquarters on Tuesday (September 8) to celebrate International Literacy Day. ILA’s mission is to make literacy available globally, while LFL’s mission is to make books available to everyone. For this reason, ILA and LFL teamed up to allow community members to borrow, return, and add books to the small, birdhouse-like box mounted outside their business. {There are now more than 20,000 LFL worldwide.}

The article ends by saying ILA recently went through a branding change, now focusing more on literacy (“being able to comprehend and form opinions about information”) rather than strictly “reading.” With this, the company’s name changed from International Reading Association to ILA, a change requested by multiple teachers.


By Peg Sandkam