A listing of orgaizations, associations, offices and funders involved in adult literacy and libraries.
American Library Association (ALA)
- Office for
Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS)
The Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) serves libraries and
the American Library Association by supporting and promoting literacy and
equity of information access initiatives for traditionally underserved populations.
- Office for Diversity
The American Library Association Office for Diversity serves as a resource
on professional issues related to diversity.
- Public Information
The ALA public information office develops and implements strategic communications
plans tied to association goals and priorities in the areas of media relations,
advocacy, public education, and crisis communications.
- Public Programs
The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to foster cultural
programming as an integral part of library service in all types of libraries.
- The Association of Rural and Small
The Association of Rural and Small Libraries serves libraries of all types
including public, school, small urban branches, special and corporate, and
small academic libraries with limited budgets and diverse clientele.
- The Canadian Library Association (CLA)
The Canadian Library Association is the national English language association
that speaks for the interests Canadians and Canadian college, university,
public, special (corporate, non-profit and government) and school libraries.
- State Library Associations
CLA provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement
of library services, librarianship, and the library community. CLA is
resource for learning about new ideas and technology and influencing
legislation affecting libraries and librarians.
The Florida Library Association (FLA) develops programs and undertakes
activities to earn it a leadership position for all areas of librarianship.
The Illinois Library Association provides leadership for the development,
promotion, and improvement of library services in Illinois and for the
library community, in order to enhance learning and ensure access for
The Indiana Library Federation (ILF) is the largest professional organization
for library and media center staff and supporters in Indiana. ILF keeps
its members at the cutting-edge of their profession and offers opportunities
for continuing education, library community leadership, and networking.
The Maine Library Association promotes and enhances the value of libraries
and librarianship, fosters cooperation among those who work in and for
libraries, and provides leadership to ensure that information is accessible
to all citizens via their libraries.
The Maryland Library Association provides leadership for those who are
committed to libraries by providing opportunities for professional development
and communication and by advocating principles and issues related to
librarianship and library service.
The Massachusetts Library Association advocates with the legislature
to fund services that help serve patrons, ensures access to a network
of colleagues from across the state, and provides tools and support
when libraries face intellectual freedom challenges.
The Nevada Library Association promotes librarianship and the highest
quality library services for all present and potential users of libraries
- New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) is a professional association
of library personnel, trustees, and library supporters that works to
advance the interests of its members through advocacy on library issues,
increasing public awareness of library service, and supporting the professional
development of members.
- North Carolina
An affiliate of the American Library Association and the Southeastern
Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association is the only
statewide organization promoting libraries, library and information
services, librarianship, intellectual freedom and literacy in North
The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is the state's oldest and
most diverse professional library organization serving libraries, library
employees, library trustees, and Friends of the Library groups.
The Texas Library Association was established to promote, support, and
improve library services by advancing the standards and ideals of the
profession and encouraging the identification, development, and maintenance
of library services to meet the informational, cultural, educational,
and recreational needs of the citizens of Texas.
The Vermont Library Association is an educational organization working
to develop, promote, and improve library and information services and
librarianship in the state of Vermont.
The Virginia Library Association is a statewide organization dedicated
to developing, promoting, and improving library and information services
and the profession of librarianship in order to advance literacy and
learning and to ensure access to information in the Commonwealth of
The purpose of the Washington Library Association is to promote library
services, continuing education, and library advocacy on behalf of the
people of Washington State.
Adult Education, Literacy and Language
- Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy's mission is to help advance
adult literacy in the United States. CAAL pursues an agenda of issues that
bears critically on policy, practice, and planning, especially at the state
and federal levels.
- Commission On Adult Basic Education (COABE)
The Commission on Adult Basic Education is organized to advance national
and international adult education and literacy opportunities for all persons.
COABE provides leadership, communication, professional development, and
advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners in order to advance
quality services for all adult learners.
- Goodling Institute
for Research in Family Literacy
The Mission of the Goodling Institute is to improve family literacy education
through research and its application to practice and professional development.
The Goodling Institute provides national leadership to support and maintain
high quality, integrated programs for families with educational needs.
- Illinois Literacy Resource Development
The Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center is dedicated to improving
literacy policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. The
ILRDC provides guidance in program development in the areas of assessment
and evaluation, family literacy, work force education, resource development,
and public policy.
Literacy USA promotes and strengthens literacy coalitions as they create
literate communities, thereby enhancing the quality of the lives of individuals
and the vitality of our society.
- National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)
The mission of the National Center for Family Literacy is to create educational
and economic opportunity for the most at-risk children and parents. NCFL
envisions a world where every child in every community receives the literacy
support he or she needs from responsible, caring adults in order to succeed
in school and in life.
- The National Center for
the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
both informs and learns from practice. NCSALL is also a leader in designing
innovative professional development programs and in building support for
research use, and its research increases knowledge and gives those teaching,
managing, and setting policy in adult literacy education a sound basis for
- National Coalition
for Literacy (NCL)
The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) works to increase public awareness
and understanding of adult literacy and English language development, to
foster collaboration at the national level among public and private organizations
promoting adult literacy and English language development, and to promote
a comprehensive approach to adult literacy and English language development
research and its dissemination and application.
- National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)
The National Institute for Literacy's activities to strengthen literacy
across the lifespan are authorized by the U.S. Congress under two laws,
the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) in the Workforce Investment
Act and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). NIFL convenes leaders in other
federal agencies and from the field to guide the creation of national programs
- ProLiteracy Worldwide
ProLiteracy Worldwide was formed by the 2002 merger of Laubach Literacy
International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. ProLiteracy Worldwide
is the oldest and largest nongovernmental literacy organization in the world
and pursues a mission of sponsoring educational programs that help adults
and their families acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to
function more effectively in their daily lives.
- Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), is a global
education association that is recognized as a nongovernmental organization
(NGO) of the United Nations Department of Public Information. Its mission
is to ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other
- Voice for Adult Literacy United
for Education (VALUE)
VALUE works to expand the role of adult learners in adult literacy efforts
in the United States through assistance in recruitment of new learners into
adult education programs, retention of learners in programs, resource development,
and reforming education.
- National Center for
NCO's overriding goal is to assist Public Broadcasting System (PBS) stations
in providing meaningful outreach to local communities, fostering community
partnerships by supporting PBS stations' outreach missions, communicating
pipeline opportunities, and funding local outreach with annual grants.
- Community Partnerships for Adult Learning
The US Department of Education's Community Partnerships for Adult Learning
(CPAL) Web site is dedicated to encouraging the creation of partnerships
to improve the quality of adult education in the United States. The site
includes a broad range of community building and adult education resources,
including how-to’s, research reports, and links to relevant websites,
sorted by topic and potential user.
- The Bill & Melinda Gates
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is building upon the opportunities
of the 21st century to improve equity in global health and learning. The
foundation was created in January 2000, through the merger of the Gates
Learning Foundation, which worked to expand access to technology through
public libraries, and the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on
improving global health.
General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports non-profit organizations
within Dollar General’s market area that are established for public
use and have an active 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Service
Code. Eligible organizations within the Dollar General market area must
be committed to increasing the functional literacy of adults or families
and must provide direct literacy services within their community.
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent Federal grant-making
agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping
libraries and museums serve their communities.
- Verizon Foundation
The philanthropic mission of the Verizon Foundation is to foster relationships
and partnerships that address social and economic needs in America's diverse
communities. Verizon partners with organizations that focus on literacy
and education initiatives, technology and work force development programs,
and domestic violence solutions. Through Verizon Volunteers, Verizon encourages
employees and customers to make a difference by donating their time, money,
and talents to nonprofit agencies.
- The Wallace Foundation
The Wallace Foundation supports nonprofit public charitable organizations
that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Wallace Foundation traces its origins back a half century to the philanthropic
impulses of DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of The Reader’s
Digest Association and seeks to support and share effective ideas and practices
that will strengthen education leadership, arts participation and out-of-school