ERIC Number: ED406519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Even Anchors Need Lifelines. Public Libraries in Adult Literacy.
This report, in two volumes, is a study of the role and future of public libraries in adult literacy that involved a survey of 200 professionals--state librarians, state library literacy contacts, heads of state literacy resource centers (SLRCs), and local library literacy program heads. The first volume describes the study findings in seven sections: mission and role of public libraries in adult literacy provision; use and limits of technology; the planning context of library literacy programs; financial and funding questions; state-level data collection issues; local program issues; and lifeblood issues and leadership. Section 8 presents conclusions and recommendations, including the following: 70% of state respondents believe adult literacy should be a major public library mission; only 50% of state libraries have major adult literacy involvement; lack of funding is the major obstacle to technology use; SLRCs have been largely underfunded; permanent loss of federal funding for library literacy would close many programs; bold state and national leadership is essential; and the single most urgent issue is funds and funding stability. A participant list is appended. Volume II is a data book organized into the eight topical sections of the survey. The contents page for each section indicates the questions as well as the survey groups to which particular questions were addressed. Data are presented in tables or as free response answers. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Futures (of Society), Librarian Attitudes, Library Administrators, Library Planning, Library Policy, Library Role, Library Services, Literacy Education, Public Libraries, State Federal Aid, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Center for the Book.
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