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Literacy for All: Advocacy, Libraries, and Literacy
Tues., April 7, 2009
1- 2:30 P.M. (EDT)

Sponsored by the National Institute for Literacy in partnership with the American Library Association’s Committee on Literacy

Click here to view the archived webcast at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/webcasts/literacyforall09/webcast0407.html

Literacy for All: Advocacy, Libraries, and Literacy, a Webcast Summit, focused on the essential role that libraries play in providing literacy services across the lifespan. The Summit brought together diverse panels of library leaders and literacy advocates from public, school, and academic libraries. The Summit showcases innovative library-literacy partnerships, promotes community solutions, issues a call to action, responds to questions and answers, and provides resources for librarians and literacy providers. The Summit was held April 7, 2009 and is archived at:
http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/webcasts/literacyforall09/webcast0407.html

AGENDA
1. Welcome: Daniel J. Miller, Acting Director, National Institute for Literacy
  • National Institute for Literacy
  • Office of Vocational and Adult Education


  • 2. The Ecology of Libraries,  Jim Rettig, American Library Association President, 2008-2009
  • ALA Presidential Initiatives: Creating Connections


  • 3. Libraries and Literacy, Sandra O. Newell, Chair, Committee on Literacy
  • Student Participation in a Library Literacy Program
  • Link to background information on Joses DeMoranville
  • Palm Beach County Public Library Literacy Program
    This library has an active student leadership program
  • GED Ahead Train and Test for Tomorrows’ Success
    Fact sheets on each section of the GED test which provide an overview of the test with links to free sites related to each subject.  These are used by students and librarians to better understand the test content and format. These were produced by the State Library and Archives of Florida through a Library Services and Technology Act Grant.
  • Florida Library Literacy Tip Sheets
    Topics: Starting a Library-Based Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, Program Management, Fund-Raising, How the Literacy Program Fits Into the Library Culture, Marketing the Adult Literacy Collection, Successful Literacy Partnerships, Small Group Tutoring  and Student Participation.  These were produced by the State Library and Archives of Florida through a Library Services and Technology Act Grant.


  • 4. Public Libraries and Literacy: Dinah O’Brien, Director, Plymouth (MA) Public Library; and Mark Pumphrey, Director, Polk County (NC) Public Library
  • Plymouth Public Library
  • Literacy Program of Greater Plymouth (at the library)
  • Polk County (NC) Public Library


  • 5. Community Collaborations, High School/Community College; Stacey Nickell, Director of Library Services, West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Paducah, Kentucky; and Terri Kirk, Librarian, Reidland High School, Paducah, Kentucky
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
  • Standards for the 21st Century Learner
  • Implantation Plan for Standards for the 21st Century Learner
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)


  • 6. Advocacy, Libraries, and Literacy: Jim Rettig, American Library Association President, 2008-2009 and Camila Alire, American Library Association, President-elect 2008-2009
  • Jim Rettig ALA Presidential Initiatives: Creating Connections
  • Camila Alire ALA Presidential Initiatives: Libraries, the Heart of All Communities
  • Advocating in a Tough Economy
  • Add It Up: School Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education
  • Library Advocate's Handbook
  • Quotable Facts about America's Libraries
  • Campaign for America’s Libraries


  • 7. Call to Action: Dale Lipschultz, Literacy Officer, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, ALA
  • American Library Association
  • Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
  • The Literacy Readiness Inventory (LRI)
  • 10 tips for adding literacy services @ your library presentation (in PDF format)
  • Follow Up

    ALA 2009 Annual Conference - Chicago, Illinois - July 9-14
    Literacy for ALL: Advocacy, Libraries, and Literacy
    Sunday, July 12, 2009, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location TBA
    In April 2009, ALA’s Committee on Literacy and the National Institute for Literacy webcast the first national library literacy summit. The Summit examined the role that libraries of all kinds have in delivering literacy services across the lifespan and issued a call to action. During this session, Summit speakers from academic, school, public, and state libraries spoke of key issues, called for local examples, and provided information to help ALA members make the case for libraries and literacy.

    ALA 2009 Annual Conference - Chicago, Illinois - July 9-14
    The A · B · C · s of Library Literacy: Chicago Public Schools Improving Literacy through School Libraries
    Monday, July 13, 2009, 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m
    Through a federal Improving Literacy through School Libraries grant, Chicago Public Schools is taking an A·B·Cs approach to addressing primary students’ literacy needs in 12 schools by:

    • increasing Access through extended library hours and integrating new print and technology resources;
    • providing Best practice professional development; and
    • fostering Collaboration among school library media specialists, school-based literacy experts, technology coordinators and classroom teachers. 
    Parent and public library participation are included, along with assessment measures.

    Photo of a Chicago Public school library


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