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Literacy Programming in Public Libraries online

The January/February 2013 issue of Public Libraries will focus on Literacy Programming at the Public Library. We’re looking for feature articles and shorter opinion pieces on that subject. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your library’s literacy programming efforts with colleagues across the country.



September 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

GED Award to Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Wins GED Awards
Author:Hatcher Hurd
Date: November 22, 2011

The GED Testing Program of Georgia, part of the Technical College System, awarded the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System the “Largest Growth in Number of GED Test-Takers” award.

In addition to being the only Saturday testing center, the Library’s GED program is supplemented by its adult literacy and English as a Second Language (ESOL) efforts. The Library System not only provides GED testing but also preparatory classes and assessments through a partnership with Atlanta Public Schools.
The extension of the Library’s GED program to both the College Park and Roswell Libraries, funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), is producing a significant growth in the number of individuals taking the test and receiving their GED, furthering the impact of this important effort.

November 29, 2011 at 1:42 am Leave a comment

Libraries are a reflection of a community’s aspiration and commitment to universal education.

Libraries are a reflection of a community’s aspiration and commitment to universal education. Is this a community that values learning? Is this a good place to read? In an increasingly isolated human world, libraries are gathering places which confirm the shared social endeavor of learning together. Inter-generational and non-sectarian, public libraries are safe places to question and to think, and, as noted in the Compass Principles, also have fun!

–Meg Campbell

August 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

Workforce Investment Act

ALA outlines library priorities for reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) submitted comments to the leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Friday, urging the committee to consider library priorities for the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act.

“Libraries play a critical role in providing access to workforce development activities and information related to training services and employment opportunities,” Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office, said.

“We asked the committee to recognize the work libraries are already doing to help the public get back to work and to include libraries in this bill so that they will have the resources and support they need to continue strengthening America’s workforce and helping people look for jobs.”

The ALA’s comments outline seven priorities for the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act. Foremost, the ALA asks the HELP Committee to ensure the bill makes public libraries are eligible for funds for employment and training activities and encourages workforce operators to partner with public libraries. The comments also ask the committee to include public libraries as part of state and local Workforce Development Boards and to emphasize the importance of adult digital literacy skills training.

June 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm 2 comments

Cultural Institutions as Sites of Adult Education. (libraries, museums, zoos, natural places)

New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education

Special Issue: Adult Education in Cultural Institutions: Aquariums, Libraries, Museums, Parks, and Zoos

Volume 2010, Issue 127, pages 1–4, Autumn (Fall) 2010

October 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

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