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Dept of Education logoAdults Gain Skills at the Library

The Survey of Adult Skills estimates that one in six adults (or about 36 million Americans) have low literacy skills. Public libraries have long served as community learning centers for adults who are no longer part of the K-12 educational system and who face economic and other challenges. They provide opportunities to improve digital literacy; basic reading, writing, math, problem solving skills; and English language skills that people need to become productive workers and citizens. For new American citizens and English language learners, they offer connections to social services and other vital sources of information.

IMLS and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education are working together to encourage effective collaborations between libraries and federally funded adult education programs. The goal of this joint effort is to enhance the skills, employability, and quality of life of youths and adults with low skills.

Read the Dear Colleague Letter (PDF, 54KB) describing the partnership.

Reboot Your Digital Strategy! Webinar -- December 18, 2014

Partnership resources on the IMLS website:
IMLS and Department of Education’s OCTAE Present Digital Strategy Webinar for Librarians

December 9, 2014 09:08 AM
The December 18 webinar will cover national initiatives, resources, and tools that public and school librarians can use to enhance their digital literacy programming and services. Read More

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Blog Post: Supporting Literacy Tutors

December 9, 2014 03:28 PM
Tutor Ready is a new online resource that offers support for literacy tutors. Read More

Supporting Trainers to Bridge the Digital Divide

The Public Library Association partnered with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies to develop an online collection of digital literacy resources accessible to libraries, patrons, and other community-based organizations. Read More

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Talking Points: Adults Gain Skills at the Library

Short overview of the impact of library services for adult literacy. Read More