fall 2008 focus on... what next?
Update: We have
published some of the results and plans in the January
2009 Bulletin (PDF 350
kb) and in Issue #10.
Here is what we asked our readers in Issue #9
We need your help.
It looks as though Literacies is
facing another break in funding
with no real idea how long that break
Some days we are resigned to the fact that Issue
#10 will be the last, but as we put Issue #9 together we are struck,
as always, by how important it is for us to have this place to express
and share all the things we learn, understand, experience, think, create
For our forum this time we invite you to tell us
what you like about Literacies,
what could be better, what you think of some options for continuing
to publish during a funding hiatus, and what you would be willing/able
todo to support the work of Literacies during the hiatus
and beyond. We will use your input to make decisions about our
future, to demonstrate that people care about Literacies and
to advocate for the options that are important to you. We’re
ready to hear from you!
are 22 questions in this survey. Most questions are multiple choice
It will take approximately 15 minutes (?) to complete the questionnaire.
The survey will be open from October 13 until
To read the questions before you take the survey, download this
PDF document (40kb).
*Literacies is funded by the Office of Literacy
and Essential Skills (OLES) for one more issue. The last OLES request
for proposals was to develop workplace literacy tools and resources.
The work that we at Literacies do--practitioner networking
and knowledge mobilization--does not meet the criteria for this call.
OLES has promised future calls but as this issue goes to press an election
has been called. Regardless of the outcome, we know that there is often
a post-election freeze on requests for proposals.
OLES put out a call
for proposals in Spring 2009. This call was once again focussed
on tool development rather than reflective research, innovations
in practice and development of professional judgement so, once again,
we could not fit the work of Literacies into
the criteria of the call.