Posts filed under ‘literacy’

Libraries and Summer Food Programs: An Intellectual Freedom Argument

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John “Mack” Freeman writes,

there is an argument to be made that engaging in summer food programs helps libraries fulfill their mission as agents and protectors of intellectual freedom.”

Read at the Intellectual Freedom Blog of the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.

May 27, 2017 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

Adult Literacy for All an Action Agenda

Adult Literacy for All an Action Agenda.
Members of the Library and Literacy Community of Practice, consisting of thought and action leaders from across the fields, came together for a series of monthly web-based conversations and a two-day face-to-face meeting in September 2013. Building on previous efforts such as the Literacy in Libraries
Across America (LILAA) Initiative and learning from ongoing initiatives such as the American Dream Starts @ Your Library, the project developed a National Library Literacy Action Agenda.

The Action Agenda is a series of recommendations intended to spur conversation, ideas, and action to integrate the public library with other services available to help adult learners improve their literacy and
basic skills.

May 17, 2016 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

11.13.2014.  From the IMLS blog.

Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Our agencies have long recognized the role of libraries to help meet the workforce training and job search needs of the American public.  At the height of the recession, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for workforce related needs and 3.7 million of them reported finding work.  Today, 96 percent of libraries surveyed offer online job and employment resources and 78 percent offer programs to help people apply for jobs.

In July, the President signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) which strengthens and aligns Federal employment, education, and training servicesOverwhelmingly approved by both the House and the Senate, the legislation is the result of a bipartisan agreement that recognizes the vital role the workforce system plays in providing the services and resources job seekers need to access the kinds of skills training, career information, and education that are required for today’s job market. The Act aligns with and complements the President’s Vision for Job-Driven Workforce Development, as it prepares workers for 21st century jobs and ensures American businesses have skilled workers to be competitive in global economy.

We are pleased that WIOA includes several exciting changes that better align federal resources and call for local community-based partnerships to increase access to services.  WIOA explicitly identifies public libraries as potential partners of the American Job Center network, and acknowledges libraries’ ability to provide an expansive array of job search services. It also recognizes libraries as important providers of federally supported training and employment for adult education and literacy. WIOA instructs state and local workforce development boards to boost “digital literacy skills” at American Job Centers – a task perfectly suited to public libraries!

We are delighted that the role public libraries play in workforce development is being acknowledged. Every day, people in communities across the United States use libraries to access the Web for career development—boosting their skills through online learning, improving their English literacy and digital literacy, and finding work. Public libraries can do even more with better collaboration with state and local workforce boards.

We thank American Job Centers, the nation’s employment skills training programs, and public libraries for all they do to serve our nation’s job seekers and contribute to the country’s economic vitality.   Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, we will deliver better coordinated services so that students and jobseekers acquire the skills needed in a competitive 21st century economy.

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November 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm Leave a comment

Family Literacy- ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

ala diversity and outreach fair

2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair

Saturday, June 28, 2014 | 3:00-5:00pm | Las Vegas, Nevada

About the Fair

Each year, the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair, which is held during ALA’s Annual Conferences.

Generously sponsored by DEMCO, the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair is an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees, celebrate diversity in America’s libraries and exhibit “diversity in action” ideas.

The Fair highlights library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; people of color; English-language learners; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; new Americans, new and non-readers; older adults; people living in rural areas; incarcerated people and ex-offenders; and mobile library services and bookmobiles.

Each year’s fair focuses on a special theme based on service to one of these communities. The theme of the 2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair is Family Literacy.

Selected presenters will develop and facilitate a poster session to be held during the ALA Annual Conference in the exhibits hall.  In addition, the participants are encouraged to submit, in digital format, information and resources from their program.

May 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

Creating a Community Where Knowledge Grows

The Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, Wash. focuses on the needs of its community. Through focus groups and opinion surveys, the library system implements programs that the community deems important. This is how the Pierce County Library System has become a leader in early childhood literacy. Because the first five years are the most important in childhood development, Executive Director Neel Parikh believes that the library has an opportunity to make a difference by helping parents and caregivers understand early literacy. – See more at:

August 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

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

Literacy is a Lifestyle-

This section of the website of the website of the Office of Adult Education’s Online Professional Information Center is designed to support those working with the Certified Literate Community Program. The Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) promotes literacy in Georgia by involving the whole community. By making literacy a community-wide commitment, a diversity of key resources are mobilized to promote and support literacy training. The CLCP is a partnership between the public sector (education and government) and the private sector (business and enterprise). This dynamic partnership will result in improved literacy levels for children, families, and workers in the entire community.

August 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment



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