ERIC Number: EJ845510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
UK Public Libraries: Roles in Adult Literacy Provision
McLoughlin, Carla; Morris, Anne
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v36 n1 p37-46 2004
Reported here are the results of a research project that examined the role of UK public libraries in addressing adult literacy including approaches and issues. Eight public libraries were selected as case studies and adult literacy provision was investigated using staff interviews. The interviews provided support for the role of public libraries in promoting the pleasure of reading to adults with poor literacy. The re-branding of adult literacy collections was recognized as the ideal starting point for the rejuvenation of adult literacy work. Approaches used to address poor adult literacy included the use of reading groups, talking books, themed activities and events, and student book buying. A role for public libraries in identifying adults with poor literacy was acknowledged as part of multi-agency work. The main issues facing public libraries in the delivery of adult literacy services concerned establishing dedicated staff time and identifying funding opportunities. Recommendations are provided for public libraries involved in establishing or reviewing adult literacy services.
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Adult Literacy, Library Services, Library Role, Interviews, Audio Books, Foreign Countries, Recreational Reading, Reading Material Selection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom