ERIC Number: ED330373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Libraries in Literacy Education. ERIC Digest.
Noting that one of the three major themes for the 1991 White House Conference on Library and Information Services is the role of the library in literacy education, this digest begins by describing how national awareness of the problem has led to legislation, both at the state and federal level, to fund new literacy programs and expand existing ones. Two examples of federal legislation are briefly described: the National Literacy Act (U.S. Senate) and Literacy for All Americans (U.S. House of Representatives). A compromise bill was developed by a joint committee in 1990, but was not voted into law. Also in 1990, the Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) was reauthorized, with suggestions for increased appropriations. Two new literacy organizations that focus on the needs of special groups are also noted: the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, and the National Center for Family Literacy. The results of a national forum on literacy for state libraries held in May 1990 are briefly summarized, and four priorities recommended by this forum for consideration at the White House Conference are given. It is also noted that research is needed to provide current data on the extent of illiteracy and comparable data on the effectiveness of different literacy programs, as well as to reach agreement on the fundamental meaning of the term literacy. The digest concludes with an overview of the types of support for literacy education efforts provided by libraries, including the provision of teaching resources, literacy classes, and targeting groups at risk for literacy-related problems. (5 references/4 additional readings) (MAB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Educational Needs, Federal Legislation, Illiteracy, Library Role, Library Services, Literacy Education, National Organizations, National Programs, Research Needs, State Libraries
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests