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A very useful Infographic published by IFLA on their website is an invaluable tool for those of working with students in our libraries.

Incorporating eight simple steps (based on FactCheck.org’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News) this infographic is also published in a host of different languages which can be found on the IFLA website by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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This infographic, created by UK Chemistry Teacher Andy Brunning, explains the chemistry behind the smell of both new and old books.  It makes quite a fascinating read.

The aroma of books

Read more details on Open Culture, which is where I sourced this information.

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Interesting stats …..

Given that the stats listed on this infograph were taken in late 2004 to early 2005, it is reasonable to assume that they are somewhat out of date by now.    Nevertheless, these stats, based on figures from 30,000 respondents worldwide and compiled by World Culture Score and illustrated by Russia Beyond the Headlines, certainly do throw up some interesting figures.Hours-Spent-Reading-Around-the-World - 2004

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I read an interesting article the other day: What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out.

It’s basic message was that kids today are no longer required to read the classics in high school and that as a result their ability to improve their reading level is either stagnating or falling behind.  With the exception of Shakespeare, a quoted study “What kids are reading” by Renaissance Learing found that the assigned reading of most classics, such as those by Sophocles, Dickens, George Bernard Shaw and Emily Bronte,  have dropped off the list.  The underlying assumption of the article, based on the report, is that this is a retrograde step, as students are no longer being challenged by ‘difficult’ texts by which to enrich their vocabulary.

This infographic, which highlights the salient points of the full report or the report summary, certainly gives us food for thought:

Renaisance Report Infographic

Hmm …..   Interesting …..  I wonder how true this is of Australian Schools …..

The rise of Young Adult Literature has seen a plethora of novels with genres that perhaps didn’t exist thirty years ago.  And, as in this US based article, novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and Animal Farm also dominate our high school reading text lists.  Is this all bad though?

Can reading levels only be lifted by having our students dabble in texts of yesteryear – texts with which students of the 21st century may find it difficult to identify?  Is it possible to accurately determine the difficulty level of texts set for our students?  And is it possible that novels currently being set are having a ‘negative’ impact on reading levels?

I’d be interested in your thoughts.

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