Librarians, Literacy and the Promotion of Gender Equity

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About the Book

Today’s youth have available an unprecedented array of information and media, and today’s literacy must extend well beyond decoding the printed page. As the keepers of information, how do librarians help boys and girls separate relevant from irrelevant, important from unimportant, helpful from harmful? How can librarians help students become self-sufficient learners?
This book addresses today’s need for literacies in technology, reading, information, and numbers, as well as visual, aural, and media literacy. With thorough consideration of the latest research, it focuses on how gender affects the way these literacies are learned, experienced, and used. Exercises are recommended to help students of both genders become effective learners and managers of their environment.
After delving into issues of gender, such as differences and similarities in the way boys and girls learn, discussion concentrates on how librarians and other educators can design learning activities with gender and technology issues in mind. Individual chapters deal with each type of literacy, and the concluding chapter discusses the interdependence of all. This book demonstrates that the era of “one size fits all” literacy is behind us, and argues for the library as an optimal learning environment for exploring literacies holistically.

About the Author(s)

Lesley S.J. Farmer, a professor at California State University Long Beach, coordinates the Library Media Teacher program. She is a frequent presenter and writer for the library profession.

Bibliographic Details

Lesley S.J. Farmer
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 288
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2344-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0791-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

1. Gender and Learning      5

2. Teaching and Learning      22

3. Technology Literacy      41

4. Reading Literacy      54

5. Information Literacy      77

6. Numeracy      98

7. Visual Literacy      109

8. Aural Literacy      134

9. Media Literacy      147

10. Interdependence of Literacies      164

Bibliography      171

Index      179

Book Reviews & Awards

“much useful information…valuable”—Feminist Collections.