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Ohio University's 'Wired for Books' honored by National Endowment for the Humanities

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 13, 2006) -- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has selected Ohio University's "Wired for Books" (www.wiredforbooks.org), as one of the best on-line resources for education in the humanities. "Wired for Books," which was established by the WOUB Center for Public Media, will be included on EDSITEment (http://edsitement.neh.gov), a Web site serving as a gateway to the highest quality humanities-related educational content on the Internet.

EDSITEment was created by a partnership among NEH, the National Trust for the Humanities and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation. It provides a central resource bank for parents, teachers, and students across the country seeking excellent, content-rich sites from among thousands of educational Web sites. EDSITEment also provides lesson plans, professional opportunities, a monthly calendar, "This Month's Feature," a search engine, the "NEH Spotlight" and a contact section. In October 2005 alone, EDSITEment visitors logged in almost 400,000 user sessions.

EDSITEment lesson plans draw directly from Web sites that are included in the list of the best on-line resources for humanities education. Part of its mission is to guide educators in utilizing high quality on-line humanities Web sites in their classrooms.

"WOUB has been an important part of the community for more than 40 years and is an essential outreach tool for Ohio University," said Carolyn Lewis, director and general manager of the WOUB Center for Public Media. "This national recognition continues to prove how WOUB not only provides excellent public radio and television programming, but also key educational resources for adults and children throughout the world."

"Wired for Books" is a Web site created and produced by David Kurz, senior Web developer for the WOUB Center for Public Media. "Wired for Books" features streaming audio and video presentations of lectures, book and poetry readings, and children's stories from the Center's web site. The site's most popular readings are dramatic radio presentations. The site includes a wide range of content for children and adults, including Beatrix Potter, Emily Dickinson, and Edgar Allan Poe.

"Wired for Books" was nominated for inclusion in the EDSITEment project in response to an open call for nominations. The site was then reviewed by a peer review panel composed of educators and administrators in education organizations and higher education institutions. This panel determined that "Wired for Books" met the EDSITEment criteria for intellectual quality, content, design and classroom impact.

"Wired for Books" has been recognized several times in the past including a 1999 RealNetworks Streamers Award for the best educational use of streaming media, a recognition by the New York Public Library as "Best of the Web" and by Education World.

The WOUB Center for Public Media, a unit of the College of Communication at Ohio University, operates four television stations—WOUB-TV/Channel 20 and WOUB-DT/Channel 27 in Athens and WOUC-TV/Channel 44 and WOUC-DT/Channel 35 in Cambridge—one cable channel—WOUB II, and six radio stations—WOUB-1340 AM, WOUB-91.3 FM, WOUC-89.1 FM, WOUH-91.9 FM, WOUL-89.1 FM and WOUZ-90.1 FM. The Center, a trusted community resource, uses the power of noncommercial television, radio and other media, such as the World Wide Web, to enrich the lives of children and adults in southeastern Ohio, western West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky through quality programs and educational services that inform, enlighten, inspire and entertain.

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Media Contact: Center for Public Media interim Public Information Coordinator Kelly Martin, (740) 593-4944, or David Kurz, (740) 593-4789 or kurz@ohio.edu

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