Our Education Methods
Our library staff tends to take a descriptive, sociocultural approach to literacy.
We help people based on their own reading/writing/speaking skills and their experiences with the different reading/writing/speaking tools around them.
This approach is informed by scholarly cultural research, including the work of sociologists like George Herbert Mead and Erving Goffman, anthropologists like Edward T. Hall and Clifford Geertz, rhetoricians like Walter Fisher and literacy scholars like Deborah Brandt and Kristen Perry, among others.
These "skills" and "help" might vary from teaching a child to read for the first time to helping an adult gain more confidence with using a computer to boosting public speaking skills for a high school student. And if it's anything in between, we can probably help somehow.
Or we used to.
More information is available upon request.