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Librarian Partners with Applied Linguistics Faculty to Support Research Grant

Date: 11/22/2011
Kimberly Pendell, Social Sciences Librarian / Assistant Professor, will serve as a project advisor to PSU's newly awarded grant “Tutor-facilitated Digital Literacy Acquisition in Hard-to-Serve Populations: A Research Project.” The three-year grant for $999,493 was awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Dr. Stephen Reder, Professor of Applied Linguistics, is the project director and founder of Learner Web, online learning technology as a tool that libraries and other community-based organizations can use to help diverse under-served adult populations bridge the digital divide. PSU, in collaboration with its partners, will conduct research using data from more than 23,000 users of Learner Web to produce information that will help libraries tailor learning and literary services more effectively to prepare more individuals to cross the digital divide, use broadband services, and participate in an increasingly digital world. Project partners include the state libraries of California, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, and Texas; the City of Richmond Public Library, Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy at Loyola University New Orleans, Minnesota Literacy Council, Regional Adult Education Network at Cayuga Community College, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, and South Texas College.

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