The Literacy Resources section of this site includes links to reports and studies
about literacy in libraries, bibliographies and resource materials developed
by and for library literacy programs, and information on how to build library
As Long As It
Takes: Responding to the Challenges of Adult Student Persistence in Library
This interim report from the LILAA persistence study, conducted by MDRC and
NCSALL, examines the period, starting in 2000, during which the programs developed
plans to improve student persistence and began to implement service enhancements.
-- Leading the Way for Literacy
This fact sheet highlights ALA’s literacy milestones
throughout their 125 year history.
21st Century Literacy is one of ALA’s five
key action areas adopted to fulfill its mission of providing the highest quality
library and information services for all people.
Even Anchors Need
Lifelines: Adult Literacy in Public Libraries
1996, Gail Spangenberg
The research underlying this seminal work indicates that public libraries are
a vital part of the national adult literacy system.
Equality of Access: The Role of Public Libraries in Addressing the Digital Divide,
2004, Gates Foundation
This report finds that public libraries have helped close the digital divide
by providing free, public access to computers and the Internet, particularly
for people without access at home or work.
Role of Libraries in an Integrated Network of Adult Basic Education Services
2003, National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
This discussion document illustrates how and why libraries are well suited to
serve as a source of information and support for students in an integrated network
of ABE services.
By and For Library Literacy Programs
Wallace Foundation Library
2003, Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center
This annotated bibliography cites materials developed by the public library
literacy programs that participated in the Wallace Foundation’s library
literacy initiative, Literacy in Libraries Across America (LILAA).
American Library Association
These selected resources will help librarians and
literacy program staff identify and select materials for collection development,
instructional purposes, and literacy resources centers.
Resources on Literacy for Libraries, 2004, National Center for the Study of
Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
Based on librarians’ survey responses, this list provides information
on key resources for collections on adult literacy and learning.
Links to resources for adult learners including an
on-line library, GED information, and sources for improving and practicing
Links to the nation's leading authority on institutional
philanthropy, a database that includes federal grant notices and information
from private foundations, and a charitable organization that designs and manages
the donation process for top manufacturers and retailers, and a federal technology
Research and best practices in adult literacy and
Resources focusing on literacy programs and services for specific populations,
links to special collections, and ways to subscribe to topic-specific discussion
Literacy Contacts @ your
A downloadable directory of state library literacy contacts provided by LiteracyPro