About the Southern LINCS

Introduction

Southern LINCS Staff members


Southern LINCS is a regional site for LINCS , a national electronic information and communication system for adult literacy. This site is a focal point for the southern region with links to state, regional, and national information. It is being developed through the collaborative efforts of a consortium of 14 southern states partners: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Southern LINCS provides the following services to consortium members:

Training and Technical Assistance
Southern LINCS staff conduct training events once or twice a year. Training has included such topics as developing a web site, cataloging locally produced materials, training trainers in each state, training practitioners to use LINCS , and training practitioners to integrate technology with teaching and learning.

Electronic Discussion Lists for States
Southern LINCS sets up and maintains electronic discussion lists for member states on its server. Currently, there are more than 40 discussion lists from state-wide lists for practitioners to lists for special interest groups.

Building Partnerships
Southern LINCS provides an electronic network that enables states to share achievements. Partners share strategies for connecting practitioners to the Internet. For example, Arkansas invited representatives from fourteen states to attend its Technology Institute.

Collecting and Developing Resources
Practitioners regularly develop high quality resources, but these resources are not circulated beyond a narrow audience. A key role of Southern LINCS is to collect these resources developed by southern states and catalog them so they are accessible to others on the Web. Catalog assistance is provided for states that want to catalog their own resources.

Publishing Materials on the Web
Many literacy practitioners need access to quality materials. Through the consortium efforts, Southern LINCS assists states in publishing resources that can be easily disseminated through the Web. Staff collect and publish resources from member states.


Southern LINCS Staff members

Jean Stephens, Director
Center for Literacy Studies, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
600 Henley Street, Suite 312, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4135
Telephone: 865-974-4109 Fax: 865-974-3857
Email: jjstephe@utk.edu

Chas Durant, Senior Research Associate
Center for Literacy Studies, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
600 Henley Street, Suite 312, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4135
Telephone: 865-974-4109 Fax: 865-974-3857
Email: cdurant1@utk.edu

Bill McNutt, Program Manager for Technology
Center for Literacy Studies, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
600 Henley Street, Suite 312, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4135
Telephone: 865-974-2239 Fax: 865-974-3857
Email: mcnutt@utk.edu

Angela Rivera, Computer Information Specialist
Center for Literacy Studies, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
600 Henley Street, Suite 312, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4135
Telephone: 865-974-4109 Fax: 865-974-3857
Email: arivera1@utk.edu