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S.O.S. for Information Literacy launches new online magazine

Syracuse, NY—March 1, 2006—S.O.S for Information Literacy  announces the premier issue of Educators' Spotlight Digest, the first multimedia, online magazine dedicated to providing information and ideas to teachers of information literacy skills.
Located at, the contents of the inaugural issue include:
·         a feature story on how kids are using the Web;
·         news about relevant information literacy projects and activities;
·         tips on how to address copyright issues;
·         successful motivational teaching strategies submitted by library media specialists;
·         valuable resources available through AASL;
·         an article by a guest contributor on transforming research on student motivation into effective    teaching strategies;
·         amusing and poignant teaching anecdotes by a veteran classroom teacher; and
·         archived issues of the publication in its previous format
Educators' Spotlight Digest is edited by Marilyn Arnone, research associate professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Ruth V. Small, professor and director of Syracuse University's Center for Digital Literacy, is associate editor. Educators' Spotlight Digest, published three times per year, is a free, online publication of S.O.S. for Information Literacy, a project of Syracuse University's Center for Digital Literacy, in collaboration with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic web-based multimedia resource for educators, currently in development, that promises to make a significant contribution to enhancing the teaching of information literacy skills to children. At no time in history has the ability to locate, organize, evaluate, manage and use information been more critical for today's learners. These skills, collectively referred to as information literacy, lay the groundwork for success in every phase of a student's life both in and out of school. 
The "SOS" in the title of the project means more than a call to action to enhance information literacy instruction. It stands for Situation (e.g., grade level, curricula area), Outcome (e.g., information skill(s) to be learned), and Strategies (e.g., teaching ideas or specific techniques and strategies to achieve a desired outcome). The educator can input the situation and desired outcomes, and the information system will suggest possible motivational teaching strategies when a strategy search is used.
Preliminary research for the project was made possible through a Small Business Innovation Research award from the U.S. Department of Education. Funding for full development and implementation has been made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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